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Port-style wines

Port-style wines

Many of us will remember those half-bottles at the back of the cabinet that only come out in winter. Port wine is one of them. There has always been this...

Port-style wines

Many of us will remember those half-bottles at the back of the cabinet that only come out in winter. Port wine is one of them. There has always been this...

More thoughts on terroir

More thoughts on terroir

To paraphrase a French vigneron, the wine industry is not that hard, it’s just the first 200 years that are tricky. The thing is a grape picked from a vine...

More thoughts on terroir

To paraphrase a French vigneron, the wine industry is not that hard, it’s just the first 200 years that are tricky. The thing is a grape picked from a vine...

Wines for winter

Wines for winter

What I like about winter is that I find the whole of the wine spectrum is opened up. Those warm summer days have me invariably reaching for cold whites but...

Wines for winter

What I like about winter is that I find the whole of the wine spectrum is opened up. Those warm summer days have me invariably reaching for cold whites but...

Don't be Terrified of Terroir

Don't be Terrified of Terroir

If you are interested in wine enough to be reading a wine column (and I am glad you are), you may well have come across the term “terroir”. Simply translated,...

Don't be Terrified of Terroir

If you are interested in wine enough to be reading a wine column (and I am glad you are), you may well have come across the term “terroir”. Simply translated,...

The Pinots of Hemel-en-Aarde and thoughts on site

The Pinots of Hemel-en-Aarde and thoughts on site

As if to prove the point of appellation, in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Upper Hemel-en-Aarde, it rained pretty steadily most of the morning of the recent Saturday of the Pinot...

The Pinots of Hemel-en-Aarde and thoughts on site

As if to prove the point of appellation, in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Upper Hemel-en-Aarde, it rained pretty steadily most of the morning of the recent Saturday of the Pinot...

The Chardonnays of Elgin

The Chardonnays of Elgin

As the modern Cape wine scene matures, regions are claiming their stake regarding certain varieties, if not building reputations on specific varieties. Early on, Hemel-en-Aarde communicated and its focus on...

The Chardonnays of Elgin

As the modern Cape wine scene matures, regions are claiming their stake regarding certain varieties, if not building reputations on specific varieties. Early on, Hemel-en-Aarde communicated and its focus on...