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Tim James: Is there any point to blind tastings?

It’s always useful to rehash old debates, if only because the audience is always widening, so I couldn’t resist last week responding to Michael Fridjhon’s claims about blind and sighted tastings (see here). Of course, when that particular debate happens, the almost inevitable conclusion from honest participants is that both methods have their advantages and […]

June 27, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Blue wine and other gimmicks

Blue wine. That’s the latest craze. Or trend. Or gimmick. Call it what you will. It is exactly what it sounds like – wine that is actually blue. It’s made by Spanish wine company Gik, who collaborated with the University of Basque Country and the Azti Tecnecalia food research team to produce the blue wine […]

June 24, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment

How wine assessment really works

Do wine assessments amount to anything? Are there “qualifications” to be had in matters of criticism which make the wine professional more capable than the layperson of delivering aesthetic judgments? These are perennial questions in the world of wine which are difficult but nonetheless vital to answer. All it takes is a big-name wine to […]

June 24, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: On blind vs sighted tastings

It’s a bit of an old chestnut, but every time a well-known wine performs badly at a properly managed blind tasting, there’s no shortage of otherwise intelligent people wishing to take a tilt at the process or the judges, but never at the wine.The whole point about a blind tasting is that the wine is […]

June 23, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

Tim James: A closer look at the Secret Cellar range

It’s always both gratifying and frustrating to point to the great value to be found in South African wines at all price levels. Gratifying because, of course, we all like good bargains; frustrating because some good aspects of the wine industry would greatly benefit if prices were higher (saving old vineyards, for example; possibly even […]

June 20, 2016
by Tim James
with 8 Comments

Tim James: The SA wine avant garde and the concept of camaraderie

The winemaking “avant garde” (for want of a better word) in South Africa is one of the strongest in the world, and there’s no doubt that one of the reasons for its continued joyful growth is the solidarity and mutual support of the many young winemakers involved. There’s no jealous guarding of grapes, of secrets, […]

June 13, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Cab vs Cab blends

Last night’s Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting explored the topic of Cabernet Sauvignon vs Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Presented by Louis Strydom of Ernie Els Wines, the intention was to remind everybody of the greatness of the variety, even though plantings locally are in decline. Four flights of three tasted blind as follows (my scores in […]

June 10, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: SA wine needs a fair price both here and abroad but is it possible?

I can’t resist jumping on a good bandwagon, so let me jump on this recent one with gleeful abandon: A bargain wine from a mystery producer raked in a bucket full of awards at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show causing many wine snobs to wrinkle their noses in disgust. Walking away as the most […]

June 8, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 14 Comments
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