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...
by Jamie Goode | 11th August 2021
How much do you think about the people behind what you eat and drink? And are your purchases something you consider to be an ethical choice? I suspect that most o...
Benchmark South African wines
by Jamie Goode | 15th July 2021
One of the things we do when we begin to learn about wine is to try to taste some benchmark wines. Sometimes these might be the most famous, elite bottles. Other times, i...
by Jamie Goode | 16th June 2021
In the classic wine regions of Europe, the tradition has always been to stick the name of the region on the bottle, rather than the grape variety. Thus we buy red Burgund...
South Africa’s varietal mix
by Jamie Goode | 20th May 2021
These days, many wines are sold by the grape variety or varieties that they are made from, but this was not always the case. In the classic wine regions of Europe, people...
Terroir: when wines taste of places
by Jamie Goode | 17th March 2021
One of the most interesting topics in the world of wine is that of terroir. This French term is used widely across the whole wine world to refer to the notion that vines...