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By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia

Tim James discovers the tale behind winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia's wines and grappas.

Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine

South Africa's white wine is getting far more acclamation than red wine receives locally and internationally.

Obsession worms its way into pinot noir

In his novel A Maggot, John Fowles gives an archaic meaning of his title word

Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit

Grappa was once rough trade, the uncouth Italian peasant not fit to associate with the aristocratic grape spirit, cognac.

Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre

Expertise in hedonic or aesthetic matters must always be trumped by personal taste.

Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds

A happy whiff of change wafts over the wines to be sold at the Cape Winemakers' Guild auction in October.

SA’s best wines on a Platter

The latest guide to South African wines might have some flaws, but it sets an international standard.

Simple shiraz blends make for drinking comfort

Shiraz-based blends that are not too complicated but fresh and delicious are my own "house red".

SA wines take a fair step in the ethical direction

The Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association announced last week that a sticker would be produced for wineries that passed its audit.

Bursting the bubble

What is it about bubbles that prompt so many people to forget that the wine containing them is often either acidic or insipid?

Judging top 100 is an exercise in futility

The first of this year's wine competitions announced its results last week and there have been the usual responses from the wine-chattering class.

Those weren’t the days in Franschhoek

The past is a foreign country peopled with incomprehensible beings. Or, in this case, it is different winelands from those we know and perhaps love.

Raise a glass of the Cape’s finest to our top 20 wineries

South Africa's winemaking industry is evolving and only eight producers who were top of the pops in 2001 still cling to eminence.

Good value is just one aspect of a rising star

Finding good value is not always straightforward.

Enjoy a fine seat on the fruity lower rungs

On the bottom rung of the wine ladder and worrying about it? Drinking Four Cousin and sure there must be more to alcoholic sophistication than this?

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