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Tim James: Wine and language

English is a pretty bastard language – only about a third of its current word-hoard is derived from the original Anglo-Saxon, and much of that is either very changed or obsolete. The rest is Norse, Norman French, Latin, etc with minor contributions of everything from Arabic (including “alcohol”!) to Zulu. This is a marvellous strength, [...]

September 1, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Marthélize Tredoux: Yet more on wine scoring

Forgive me for raising the old chestnut of wines scores but there’s been a lot of chatter around the subject just recently. Some in anticipation of Tim Atkins’ SA Report that was released yesterday, some around Platter’s (the tasting panel have been at it for a while now) and some just general opinion. As expected [...]

August 27, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Cape white blends – what’s in a name?

“Excuse me, what is a ‘Mediterranean White Blend’?” piped up an Australian voice at blind tasting of Cape Winemakers Guild last week? Good question – as so many of David Clarke’s are. He was referring to one of the category headings which, together with vintage, was all the information we were given to proceed with. [...]

August 24, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to fix Merlot

In the 1960s European and American electricity providers replaced coal-fired power stations with “clean” nuclear facilities. Fifty years later, the swing of the pendulum has made atomic the dirtiest source in town. Addressing the WineLand seminar in late July, the Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens exhorted the industry to grub up its merlot vineyards and replace [...]

August 24, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 4 Comments

Some thoughts on the 100-point quality scale

Is MR de Compostella 2013, the best wine overall in the recent RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and retailing for R920 a bottle, under-scored at 92 on the 100-point quality? It may be but not by much. While day-to-day reviews on Winemag.co.za are conducted sighted, when it comes to sponsored category tastings, we do things [...]

August 19, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Some conclusions on completing tasting for Platter’s 2016

Soon, I hope, I shall soon return to my customary semi-idleness, with time to go to the occasional wine function or, more interestingly, to visit wine farms (a couple of those already lined up), even to write blogs more frequently. What’s more, I shall be able to choose what to drink with my dinner, and [...]

August 17, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Marthélize Tredoux: Obligatory Women’s Month Post

Eagle-eyed readers that you are, you may have noticed that it’s Women’s Month in South Africa. Most of us were able to enjoy another indulgent long weekend courtesy of National Women’s Day on Sunday. I won’t go delving into the meaning of the day here. I think the significance of the historic march on the [...]

August 12, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Wine and its different levels of involvement

A reality check for aficionados of any more or less arcane things can’t be bad – a reminder for those who bandy about jargon that seems transparent enough to them but to the outsider looking in (even keen on doing more than look) is something of a mystery. We easily forget that once we didn’t [...]

August 11, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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