The Vineyard Revolutionary That Is Neil Ellis


There is one thing a wine maker cannot learn or buy or initiate, and it is not something he or she is born with, either. This is a gift given after you have ear

 

Jay McInerney Speech at Celebration of Chardonnay


The sixth De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay was held last week on De Wetshof Estate in Robertson. Now one of the world’s leading Chardonnay events, this ye

 

Now Wine Must Fall


Special Correspondent The attention given to the South African wine industry by the imperialist media and the Western Cape Government proves that wine is a r

 

10 Boring Wine Issues Worth Ignoring


Those scouring the comments and missives on the South African wine industry should be bored of hearing about the following, and plead for more effort in thinking-up fresher, more relevant topics than:

 
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Vondeling’s Sweet Birds of Youth and Age


I have spent so much time having fun at Vondeling in the Voor-Paardeberg that the absolute quality of its wines passed me by. Raucous bouts of judging potjiekos competitions, ball-clacking boules tou

 

The Only Price, is the Right Price


Most of the recent rantings about South Africa’s wine-pricing have flown higher than my comprehension level, but these opinions, too, have missed a basic and elementary point. Namely, the only

 
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Controversy Brewing over South African Tea Wines


Granted, negotiating the wilderness of the north plus a three-day full-moon trance party has had me off the map for a while.

 

Controversy Brewing over South African Tea Wines


Granted, negotiating the wilderness of the north plus a three-day full-moon trance party has had me off the map for a while. But am I missing something re this

 

Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Hits the High Notes


A fine warm-to-hot Boland day, a light and airy space, a collection of pleasant South African wine people. Add a bit of a morning-after thirst raging in a mouth drier than the adjectives in nunâ€

 

Cap Classique Needs to Re-look its Pedigree


There might be 49 million bubbles in one bottle of the stuff, but South Africa’s Cap Classique industry is really in the need of some fizz. More thrust in the generic export marketing there

 
 
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