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Why You Should Drink South African This Weekend, and Beyond

The timeline of the implementation and easing of restrictions in South Africa has been difficult to follow, but I will try to summarise it briefly (buckle-up) – An initial ban on alcohol exports and domestic alcohol sales was announced on 25th March. This was then lifted on 7th April, only to be reinstated on 16th … Read More

Portfolio Tasting

On the 14th of April, WineMason hosted a portfolio tasting for their 2015 list. There was a self pouring table with a focus on Gruner Veltliner – a line up different regions and styles. There was plenty from Germany, of course. We offered new vintages and updates from Rheingau, Mosel, Nahe, Rheinhessen and Baden, Riesling, … Read More

Syrah and South Africa

Tidying out a corner of the office I found a tasting sheet from a trip to South Africa in March 2001. At that time, there was great expectation and plenty of winemakers sure that Syrah was the next thing for South Africa. It has taken longer than expected to take hold but finally South African Syrah … Read More