The healthfulness of wine drinking
by Jamie Goode | 9th November 2023
In a week’s time I’ll be heading to South Africa again, but this time on holiday with my partner, who has never visited before. I’m looking forward to s...
by Jamie Goode | 11th October 2023
Many wine regions worldwide owe a debt to pioneers who first made the choice to plant vines for the first time in what was at the time a new area. Think about New Zealand...
Twenty years of visiting South Africa
by Jamie Goode | 11th August 2023
It’s slightly shocking to realize that 2003 is now 20 years ago. And it was in February 2003, just over 20 years ago, that I first visited South Africa. So I though...
What are the best buying cues if you want to find a wine you like?
by Jamie Goode | 13th July 2023
There are tens of thousands of wines made every year, and most of these are vintage-dated products, so the number of wines you might encounter is enormous. This makes cho...
Do we need new grape varieties?
by Jamie Goode | 25th May 2023
When does a plant stop being the same plant, and becomes another plant? This sounds like a daft question, but in the philosophy of science, botany has had a lot of troubl...
The surprising malleability of Chardonnay
by Jamie Goode | 14th April 2023
Chardonnay. It was the grape that turned Britain onto white wine in the 1990s, and most of it came from Australia. Back in the 1970s and 1980s the supermarket wine shelve...
Describing wine in words: how can we do better?
by Jamie Goode | 21st March 2023
One thing we do frequently in the wine trade is describing our perception of wine in words. It’s actually quite a strange thing to do, but we have become familiar w...
Getting deep into the science of Chenin Blanc clones
by Jamie Goode | 21st February 2023
Chenin Blanc is remarkable grape variety, and it’s one that’s hugely important to the South African wine industry. Genetics show that Chenin is a cross betwee...