Grape Vs Grain, Pick a Side
© Cape Times Thursday 17th April 2014 In days gone by, people didn’t move around very much. They stayed in their little corner of Bordeaux or Piedmont, ate the food that they grew or caught and made wine to go with that food. Personally, I think wine is much better with food and I’m not talking about grease-laden... 
How do you buy your wine?
© Cape Times Friday 20th March 2014 How do you buy your wine? Do you load a couple of bottles into your basket as you scurry around the supermarket? Do you take time out to go and get specialised advice from a store? Or do you prefer to do your shopping online in the wee small hours of the morning and get it delivered... 
Finding the key to Chardonnay
© Cape Times Friday 21st February 2014 I seem to be going through a bit of a Chardonnay craze at the moment. I began the year with an interesting clonal tasting of Richard Kershaw’s 5 star chardonnay from Elgin which was re-tasted again in a well-organised Elgin Wine Valley ‘tweet-up’ last week at Caroline’s... 
First Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Interns arrive in Stellenbosch
The first two candidates for the Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Initiative, launched in October 2012 in London by Kathy Jordan, have arrived in South Africa to experience and participate in the 2014 vintage at Jordan Wine Estate. The response to the invitation to apply for this experience was overwhelming with candidates... 
Future tastes of Albarino
© Cape Times Friday 17th January 2014 In the world of wine, the biggest globetrotting grape varieties are all French. The French vignerons got themselves organised a lot earlier than any other European country in terms of knowing what grapes go best where and how to make the best wines from them, so when it came to... 

Over the barrel

- Dec 20th, 2013
Over the barrel
© Cape Times Friday 20th December 2013 Whenever I talk to winemakers about their jobs, I always become rapidly bewildered at the incredible number of choices which face them at every turn. On the surface, winemaking is pretty easy – pick grapes, squash grapes, add yeast, watch it bubble, filter it, bottle it,... 
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