Packaging wine and why it matters
by Jamie Goode | 16th June 2022
On the face of it, the issue of wine packaging might seem to be rather dull. But it’s actually really important on two fronts: sustainability and wine quality. And...
by Jamie Goode | 20th May 2022
One of the challenges for plants is getting enough water, and then when they have got it, not losing it. When plants moved from seas to land some 470 million years ago, t...
by Jamie Goode | 26th April 2022
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most famous of all white grape varieties, celebrated for making fresh, aromatic, characterful white wines that often have notes of green pep...
Building resilient vineyards
by Jamie Goode | 8th March 2022
One of the largest changes I’ve seen in the world of wine over the last five years has been changing views on how vineyards should be farmed. This is largely prompt...
Question of style
by Jamie Goode | 1st February 2022
One thing I love about South African wine is how there are now so many different stylistic options, in red, white, pink, orange and fizzy. Compare a pale-coloured concret...
by Jamie Goode | 16th December 2021
‘How was your stay? Help us to do better. Please fill in this satisfaction survey!’ I hate getting these pieces of paper, and I never fill them in. I suspect...
The price of South African wine
by Jamie Goode | 12th November 2021
Every now and then on social media, someone pops up and says that South African wines are too cheap. They should cost more. And the suggestion is often made that the reas...
The 2021 Cape Winemakers' Guild wines
by Jamie Goode | 21st September 2021
October 2nd sees one of the important dates in the South African wine calendar. It’s the 37th annual Cape Winemakers’ Guild auction, sponsored by Nedbank, and...