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Listen: Wine retailer James Pietersen on judging at OMTWS 2017

James Pietersen, SA portfolio manager for retailer Wine Cellar, was a judge at this year's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Here he talks generally...

James Pietersen: SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting

Last year saw the “Great Syrah Challenge” take place at Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, an exercise which saw some of South Africa’s top...

Up, up and away – the premiumisation of Sauvignon Blanc

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: No wonder Sauvignon Blanc is so many people’s favourite summertime wine – consumption-ready on purchase (no...

The great bubbly shoot-out

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...

Topical pic – Klein Karoo regional tasting for Platter’s 2012

Just back from a two-day trip to the Klein Karoo to taste wines of the region for Platter's 2012. I traveled with Greg de...

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...

Theo Minges Dornfelder Trocken Pfalz 2001

“Stick this into a Pinot Noir line-up and nobody will be able to tell the difference,” said Laibach winemaker Francois van Zyl giving me...

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with...