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To flow or not to flow

To flow or not to flow

It has, by now, become a tradition for me to try a new wine every time I cook something for the first time. This past Human Rights Day saw the union of marinated garlic rubbed beef short rib and the 2009 Samsara Syrah from Avondale. This marriage between food and wine...
Skin-fermented white wine – all talk and no action?

Skin-fermented white wine – all talk and no action?

When I started writing this blog, an old adage came to mind, “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. If you believe thatthere are many different ways to achieve an objective and that the reason for drinking wine is enjoyment, then skin-fermented wines could be the...
Your sphere of influence

Your sphere of influence

It’s time to change the tone in which the wine industry is presented. Start by influencing your own surroundings and community. This week I met a journalist who was recently tasked with writing about the business of the wine industry for one of the national...
The story of wine marketing

The story of wine marketing

Moreover I’m being asked the question: ‘What makes South African wines different to those from other countries?’ And whilst I can blab on about our quality and our soils, the reality is that the average consumer simply doesn’t get turned on by those types of...
Of life, perseverance and wine

Of life, perseverance and wine

Ben Snyman has a curious mind. When this Overhex winemaker tells me of his overseas travels in search of winemaking enlightenment, his passion and commitment is clear, hallmarks of a good winemaker. Then some Chenin Blanc is poured, Ben smoothly changes gears and the...
New wine launch at #Lintonlaunch2017

New wine launch at #Lintonlaunch2017

When one gazes over Linton Park Estate, situated at the foot of the Groenberg Mountains in Wellington, you cannot help but wonder where all of it started. The rich winemaking and agricultural heritage established by Louis Fourie (a French Huguenot) in 1699 continues...
A time to be brave

A time to be brave

“Without change, minimal new opportunities arise and the game becomes too easy. We need change, you also need a plan!” There couldn’t have been a more apt introduction to last month’s Nedbank VinPro Information Day panel discussion about unlocking value than this...
Is this the year for ‘Bigger, Bolder and Better’?

Is this the year for ‘Bigger, Bolder and Better’?

I consider the South African wine industry to be riding a wave. Sure, the wave is only just starting to break and we’ve seemingly just planted our feet on the well-waxed board, but the swell is there and the conditions are perfect to stop paddling and make the most of...
A need for change

A need for change

There was a definite, new sense of urgency at the 2017 Nedbank VinPro Information Day. From the call for unity by VinPro’s new chairman, Anton Smuts, to appeals from the floor for higher grape prices, there was one consensus: a need for change and structural reform....
Romancing Chardonnay

Romancing Chardonnay

Wine-lovers again gathered at De Wetshof Estate near Robertson to pay homage to Chardonnay The De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay is held every two years to showcase the best local and some international Chardonnays. A highlight of the event is an address by a...
Trendspotting  into the New Year

Trendspotting into the New Year

“It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe that maybe this year will be better than the last.” The catchy 90s tune by Counting Crows, Long December, unavoidably starts ringing in my head annually as soon as Christmas lunch leftovers are a thing of the...
My top 5 wines for 2016

My top 5 wines for 2016

When it becomes tempting to expand an annual Top 5 list to a Top 6, 10 or 20 list, it’s a good sign. South Africa’s top wines are without a doubt on a steep upward trajectory and all the talk about the brilliance of the 2015 vintage is now coming to bottled fruition....
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