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Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013

Paul Cluver Gwurztraminer 2012

Do punters give a damn about "green" issues? They should... Year five of the Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which I  helped conceptualise back in 2009 as editor of Wine magazine along with  my wife Jane, then marketing manager of the publication and Greg … [Read more...]

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012: Top 10 Wines


The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released,  and then … [Read more...]

2012 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines


The 2012 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by Ultra Liquors is now available. In order to be included in the book, wines must firstly sell for not more than R60 a bottle and then had to receive a rating of 2½ Stars or better on being … [Read more...]

Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008


A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for … [Read more...]

Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

Cees van Casteren

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc … [Read more...]

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007

Go wide for a better ride.

When the recent Big 5 Tasting which saw five local wine producers go head to head with top French doppelgängers took place, there was no Chardonnay module. The question was put to organiser Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events why this was, and he … [Read more...]