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The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]

Topical pic: WINE magazine’s white blends tasting under way

Carrie Adams, Thys Louw, Christian Eedes, Meryl Weaver and James Pietersen.

This year's white blends tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 131 submissions compared to 95 in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, … [Read more...]

Topical pic: WINE magazine Chardonnay tasting under way

Christian Eedes, Carrie Adams, JD Pretorius, Angela Lloyd and Allan Mullins.

This year’s Chardonnay tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 173 examples (28 unwooded and 145 wooded) submissions compared to 150 (19 unwooded and 131 wooded) in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of … [Read more...]

Topical pic: Judging for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide under way

Tasting for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide  began this week, entries for possible inclusion amounting to 969 compared to 1 093 in 2009. Judges include Christine Rudman CWM in the capacity of floating chair, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg … [Read more...]

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2003 et al.

For a pretty wide spread of wine scores, check out how the Steenberg Shiraz 2008 did in this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine: I gave it 14 on the 20-point scale, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg wine retailer Norman … [Read more...]

Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

Lies, damn lies and statistics - are SA wines really getting better?

Wine writer Neil Pendock has once again posed some provocative questions concerning the state of the South African wine criticism  in two of his recent columns (see “Are SA wines really getting better?” and “Is wine appreciation generationally … [Read more...]