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Raise a glass of the Cape's finest to our top 20 wineries
Raise a glass of the Cape's finest to our top 20 wineries
The first stirrings of a revolution in South African wine became noticeable around the time that Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president.
Get into the spirit with the A-Z of festive drinks
Get into the spirit with the A-Z of festive drinks
A is for anticipation, B is for bottoms up -- and T is for tanked. Tim James guides you through the best of the season.
All's fair in posh and plonk
All's fair in posh and plonk
If it is merlot, sauvignon blanc or semi-sweet rosé you want to sip at the FoodWineDesign Fair, pass the Swartland All Stars by.
Adventurers are spoilt for choice
Adventurers are spoilt for choice
There are an awful lot of South African wines out there -- about 7?000. It's tempting to abandon adventurism and reach for another bottle of the...
Wild claims and outrageous price leave a bitter aftertaste
Wild claims and outrageous price leave a bitter aftertaste
Too many producers regard wine journalists as badly paid PR people who should follow the advice that my mother wistfully offered in vain -- if you...
Lammershoek grows caution to the wind
Lammershoek grows caution to the wind
Suddenly, while sniffing and sipping, there arose an old memory from my first-year fine-arts oil-painting exam at Wits.
The case for parental guidance
The case for parental guidance
Roelie Joubert manages the vineyards at the Meerlust estate. "Ask Roelie's wife," said wine­maker Chris Williams with something like complacency,...
Local industry laps up foreign spillover
Local industry laps up foreign spillover
Foreigners still arrive to share in the Cape winelands -- not in a deluge but in a reassuringly constant trickle.
Inspired by the vine
Inspired by the vine
Artist Cecil Skotnes, who died a little over two years ago, had what Michael Fridjhon called an "extra-ordinary appetite for enjoyment". Vital to...
Sensuous art of winemaking
Sensuous art of winemaking
Winemakers are usually a tough agricultural species aligning their skills with soil and sun. Just occasionally one or two will mutter about...

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