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Tim James: A harvest visit to Alheit Vineyards

It’s seldom that I visit a winery at harvest time. First, because the people there are too busy for me to presume a welcome: Jancis Robinson describes wine writers as parasites on the wine industry, and while grapes are being picked and vinified I particularly feel the point of her admission. Secondly, if the welcome […]

February 8, 2016
by Tim James
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12 ways restaurants can improve wine service

1. Include something to suit every taste AND every budget Most punters are going to order that Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend but there are those of us who’d like something more rewarding. In a similar vein, the undergraduate student out on a date is going to have different spending power to the investment banker who’s just […]

February 5, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011

So just how good are the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2014s as shown at the area’s recent Pinot Noir Celebration? Top of the pile for me were Domaine des Dieux Josephine, Newton Johnson Family Vineyards and Storm Moya’s which I rated 92/100 followed by the Storm Vrede on 91/100 (see an overview of proceedings here). This […]

February 3, 2016
by Christian
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Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 reviewed

The third annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place this past weekend and the keynote tasting saw producers in the three wards of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde ridge present their respective wines from the 2014 vintage. Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, described 2014 as “full of obstacles which would […]

February 1, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On the state of wine festivals

I could easily become a wine festival junkie, given the chance – and if I could afford it, though I suppose that a signal point of junkiedom is always managing to fund your fix. Anyway, I can say with pleasure as well as pride – not many can make the claim! – that I’ve attended […]

February 1, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: The VinPro Information Day – more of the same?

My previous post (see here) was a prelude to the annual VinPro Information Day and it just feels neat and tidy to do a post-mortem after the fact. More than 700 attendees from all corners of the wine industry descended upon the CTICC last Thursday for what many consider our industry “state of the nation”. […]

January 28, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Semillon reconsidered

“Semillon is one of those grapes like Riesling which tends to be much more appreciated by wine insiders than by the average wine drinker,” writes Jancis Robinson MW on her website. Tim James, meanwhile, quotes a source in his book Wines of the New South Africa – Tradition and Revolution (University of California Press: 2013) […]

January 28, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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