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26th Sep 2016

I'll have what Proust had

by Andrea Frost

The other night, I was enjoying a moment of heightened pleasure resulting from that exquisite mix of company, conversation, conviviality and wine. As I did, I noted how the fusion of aromas with such intoxicating moments are how sensory memories... Read more

 

21st Sep 2016

Heritage: boon or burden?

by Tim Atkin

Good morning, goeie more, everyone, and thank you for giving up part of your Saturday to be here at Nederburg. I’d also like to thank Distell, the Auction and its talented and hard-working team, especially Dalene Steyn, for inviting me... Read more

 

19th Sep 2016

The Gold Standard

by Matt Walls

On the first day of the Hunter Valley Wine Show, Major Al Lynch, in full military fatigues, explained to the wine judges what was expected of them: “if you are given an order you will follow it without question.” I’ve judged wine... Read more

 

6th Sep 2016

Love among The Somms

by Ron Washam

The Somms are a strange people, only recently discovered by Westerners. Little is known about where they originated, though most anthropologists agree that it was very early in the 21st century that most people became aware of them, rather like... Read more

 

4th Sep 2016

Rudy Kurniawan: last man standing?

by Henry Jeffreys

Before watching the documentary Sour Grapes, I had a mental image of American wine collectors as like the effete Crane brothers in Frasier. What I did not expect was what the novelist Jay McInerney describes as the... Read more

 

4th Sep 2016

Selling California: the Impossible job?

by Tim Atkin

Managing England’s perennially underachieving football team is sometimes described as “the impossible job”. A delusional fan base, a fickle and vicious tabloid press and a set of players who, whatever the shifting personnel, seem to be... Read more

 

29th Aug 2016

The Art of Comparison

by Andrea Frost

In wine circles, we have a similarly complex relationship with comparisons. Which is odd, given we spend hundreds of hours every year, and many years every career, lining wines up against each other to compare their attributes. We compare the... Read more

 

19th Aug 2016

Rethinking wine: back to the future?

by Henry Jeffreys

It might surprise you to learn that London had a fleet of electric taxis in the late 19th century. They were known as hummingbirds because of the noise they made. It wasn’t just Britain, there were 30,000 thousand electric cars in the US at the... Read more

 

15th Aug 2016

Ventoux: wild wild East

by Matt Walls

“Bonjour!” beamed the skinny young monk as he hurried past me down the steep dirt path, his brown habit flapping behind him. It turns out the local monastery had only been finished 10 years ago. I’d have thought there were sufficient... Read more

 

8th Aug 2016

Wine's Future Shock

by Tim Atkin

So many celebrities – and celebrity winemakers – have died this year that it was easy to miss the recent passing of Alvin Toffler. Alvin who, some of you may ask? The author of the 1970s bestseller Future Shock became more famous for his... Read more