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...
Epigenetics and old vines
by Jamie Goode | 19th February 2021
Have you ever got close and personal with a holly bush? The European holly, Ilex aquifolium, exhibits a phenomenon wonderfully named as heterophylly. This means that alth...
What next for sustainability?
by Jamie Goode | 2nd December 2020
Some of the most interesting discussions in the world of wine at the moment are centred around what people do in vineyards. It’s one of the areas of wine that has c...