The latest guide to South African wines might have some flaws, but it sets an international standard.
Shiraz-based blends that are not too complicated but fresh and delicious are my own "house red".
Riesling: If you have never riesled, it is time to start.
Cinderella and workhorse were favourite clichés to describe the role of chenin blanc in the local wine industry of olden days.
A is for anticipation, B is for bottoms up -- and T is for tanked. Tim James guides you through the best of the season.
Wine lovers in Jo'burg can choose between the Cape's famous, fancy or fresh wines this weekend.
Claire Hu rounds up some of the best organic local wines.
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 same.
Too many producers regard wine journalists as badly paid PR people.
It's not every wine show that has a once-powerful politician pouring sips of wine for all and sundry.
Wine sales generally are bad, exports less lucrative than they should be -- the industry is bleeding. Is this the best time for experiments?
Meerlust has just about everything going for it these days.
Which are the most exciting wine areas of the Cape? I increasingly hear murmurs of discontent of too much focus on the Swartland and on its wineries.
The "heartbreak grape" they call it -- a cliché used by wine-growers who've tried and failed to get pinot noir to produce the wonders of Burgundy.
The wine industry seems to be pandering to a conservative, rich market that likes flashy stuff.
Combining sport and winemaking is not new. But does it work?
In those famous good old days, it was accepted that serious red wines shouldn't, be drunk for five or 10 or 20 years from vintage.
Homeland remains heartland for most grape varieties. Possibly the only important exception is malbec.
It's perhaps dangerous to visit a wine farm such as Annandale -- it's all too easy to forget the urgent need for change in the SA wine industry.