Why trying to make wine less snobby is futile

Should the wine industry work harder to position wine as a lifestyle beverage rather than the special interest preserve of a few elites? Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer […]

May 24, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the effect of ever increasing wine prices

The upward-spiralling international price of the finest wine may have a much deeper effect than merely limiting the ordinary wine lover’s access to them. It’s possibly even causing some significant changes in the world wine market, in the way that wines are being made and enjoyed. I’m thinking of the role played in that market […]

May 22, 2017
by Tim James
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Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards wines, the latter from Elgin grapes. Rudi Schultz has been winemaker there since 2000 and we spoke to him about his experience working with Shiraz. Thelema is known for its Cabernet […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The difference between how normal people and critics taste

When I was taught the Cape Wine Academy approved method of tasting wine, scoring (out of 20) was inevitably part of the process. The tasting sheets had columns for rating appearance, nose and palate, and the total score. Various systems have degrees of elaboration on this sort of additive procedure. I can’t, however, remember when […]

May 15, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: On the state of SA wine writing

Some days, sitting down to write about wine is infuriatingly frustrating. Bang-your-head-on-the-desk type frustrating. I should be more specific though: the type of writing I do here can be frustrating. I’ve been taking a look at who’s writing about wine in South Africa: what they’re writing about, where it’s being published, who’s reading it and […]

May 11, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, that it appeared those officiating appeared to value wine purity above all else. What place for “funky” , then? It’s a good question.  If […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the South African Old Wine Tasting 2017

For many years now, Michael Fridjhon has been offering a tasting of older Cape wines at the Grande Roche in Paarl on the day before the Trophy Wine Show judges settle down to the harder task of working their way through many hundreds of much more youthful versions. The laudable intention is primarily to give […]

May 8, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Cinsaut and the quest for seriousness

It seems to me there are more and more mutters these days to the effect that we’ve been perhaps a little too generous in our welcome to wines from cinsaut – but as some of the mutters are my own it’s not surprising I’ve heard them. This is not to suggest that cinsaut, the hipsters’ […]

May 1, 2017
by Tim James
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