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15th Dec 2014

South Africa – Vote Yes

by Matt Walls

Sometimes it takes events like the Scottish Referendum to make you realise that however ancient and permanent the old order appears, the status quo could suddenly change. It’s no different in the world of wine: in fact, there’s one anomaly... Read more

 

7th Dec 2014

Mad Frankie Fraser and the price of wine

by Tim Atkin

Mad Frankie Fraser, the notorious gangster who died last week, was famous for using pliers to extract his victims’ teeth under torture. One hesitates to say that the wine... Read more

 

4th Dec 2014

Blank de Blanc

by Simon Woolf

Browsing the wine selection at Bordeaux airport is revealing. Unsurprisingly, the grand vins of the Médoc, St. Emilion and Pomerol take up most of the shelf space, with some more modest AOC Bordeaux choices and a clutch of rosés. But... Read more

 

1st Dec 2014

The adventures of Brett Bung

by Ron Washam

Given his normal upbringing on the outskirts of a great metropolitan city, no one would have been able to anticipate that humble Brett Bung would one day emerge as the CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE! By day a low level accountant, an invisible man... Read more

 

21st Nov 2014

Whatever happened to wine journalism?

by Jamie Goode

In his play No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre outlines a vision of hell. It consists of three people who don’t like each other confined together for eternity. Mine? It’s that I’ll be sucked into what seems to be emerging as the leading... Read more

 

11th Nov 2014

Marlborough Sauvignon: too much of a good thing?

by Tim Atkin

Some milestones make you think. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the founding of Cloudy Bay, one of the most successful wine brands ever, and a label that helped to launch an entire region. Montana (now Brancott Estate) may have planted... Read more

 

5th Nov 2014

How to become a successful wine writer

by Ron Washam

I am often asked what it takes to become a successful wine writer, which is like asking Harold Pinter how to become a successful song writer. He’s dead, you idiot. As it turns out, however, I actually do know what it takes to become a wine... Read more

 

28th Oct 2014

A review of the 2015 Platter's Guide Five Star Wines

by Tim Atkin

If anything can be said to create a buzz in the South African wine industry, it's the annual announcement of the Platter's Wine Guide's 5 Star Wines. There were 50 of these this year, plus a KWV brandy, which reversed the inflationary trend of... Read more

 

13th Oct 2014

When life gives you Melons

by Matt Walls

Like a weathered George Michael cynically observing a shiny young Justin Bieber, Muscadet must be thinking to itself 'been there, done that'. After its 1980s heyday of wild success, Muscadet has seen some hard times, but young upstart Picpoul de... Read more

 

6th Oct 2014

Anosmia Dogs and other failed Master of Wine dissertations

by Ron Washam

One of the requirements for becoming a Master of Wine is an original and rigorous research paper of between 6,000 and 10,000 words. The words must be placed in sentences, or it doesn’t count. There is no similar requirement for becoming a... Read more