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Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Since Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which grape is it more like?

Posted: August 30, 2010  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down with South Africa's Adi Badenhorst

Making wine in Swartland, the Cape's winemaking frontier

Posted: July 27, 2010  By James Molesworth

There are plenty of rock-star winemakers—cool guys and girls with cultivated hipster images making cool wines. And then there’s Adi Badenhorst, of South Africa's A.A. Badenhorst family, who sat down with me here in my office today.

There’s nothing cultivated about his image: He’s a wooly bear, with a pony tail that looks like it’s been wrestled into submission, pork-chop sideburns and a former rugby player’s body. Talkative, loud, engaging and fully immersed in making wine, Badenhorst is currently carving out his own little corner of the Swartland in South Africa, working on the northern side of the Voor-Paardeberg ward, neighboring his good friend and fellow winemaker, Eben Sadie.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

With the World Cup Approaching, a Sit-Down with South African Vintner Miles Mossop

The winemaker at South Africa's Tokara has streamlined the portfolio and wrestled the vineyards into shape

Posted: June 10, 2010  By James Molesworth

It was a busy week for winemakers stopping by my office this week. I had sit-downs with Miles Mossop of South Africa's Tokara as well as Chile's Marcelo Retamal (De Martino) and Sven Bruchfeld (Polkura). Mossop is the winemaker at South Africa’s ambitious Tokara winery. Owned by former banker G.T. Ferriera, Tokara is a well-financed project, replete with all the bells and whistles in the winery, though its initial set of releases from the 2003 and 2004 vintages failed to take off here in the U.S.

News & Features  :  Features

America's Soccer Stars in South Africa's Wine Country

In time for the 2010 World Cup, learn about wine-loving U.S. soccer stars, plus 12 great South African value wines for your celebrations

Posted: June 4, 2010  By Robert Taylor

Learn Wine  :  Region Summaries

ABCs of South Africa

Learn more about the country's key winegrowing regions, signature varieties and the rules governing what appears on wine labels

Posted: June 4, 2010  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Cellar Treasures Under $40: Kanonkop Pinotage

Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar tames South Africa's problem grape

Posted: May 25, 2010  By James Molesworth

Since I began covering South Africa in 2000, I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of Pinotage, the country’s former signature grape. There are, however, exceptions. And though the grape has receded from the top lineup of varieties now pacing the South African category here in the U.S. market, there are still a few wineries that manage to make very good to outstanding versions, and Kanonkop's is a cellar-worthy treasure for its price. Here are my notes on a nine-vintage vertical tasting.

News & Features  :  News

2010 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 3

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: May 19, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Posted: April 30, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Making A Difference

South Africa's wine industry works toward social justice

Posted: April 30, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Smaller But Better

South African exports to the United States are down, but the quality of the wines arriving is on the rise

Posted: April 30, 2010  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Filling Big Shoes And Creating His Path

Winemaker Adam Mason helps continue a sweet wine's long history, while improving it as well

Posted: April 12, 2010  By James Molesworth

When Adam Mason took over the winemaking at South Africa’s Klein Constantia, it was his first full-time winemaking job. “I was filling big shoes at the time,” says Mason 36. Mason has filled those shoes admirably while cutting his own path along the way. In particular, he’s taken the winery’s flagship dessert wine, Vin de Constance, to new levels in the ’04 and ’05 vintages. A recent vertical tasting showed that Mason has made changes and improved a wine that is arguably the country’s top sweet wine.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

17 Impressive White Wines

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc from the Cape region of South Africa deliver consistency, diversity and value

Posted: February 26, 2010  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Seafood and White Wine for the Holidays

Two tasty shellfish recipes, plus 15 recommended white wines

Posted: December 18, 2009  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Introducing South Africa's Glenelly Estate

The new winery owned by May de Lencquesaing releases its first wines

Posted: December 10, 2009  By James Molesworth

Back in 2004, former Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande owner May de Lencquesaing purchased a 310-hectare estate in South Africa’s Stellenbosch district, just around the corner from the famed Rustenberg estate. Now, with 60 hectares under vine (two-thirds of them in production) de Lencquesaing’s Glenelly estate has its first few wines in release.

News & Features  :  News

South Africa Produces World Cup-Worthy Wine

Proceeds from Fundi wines will train wine stewards before the global soccer tournament arrives next year

Posted: November 11, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with Adam Mason of South Africa's Klein Constantia

The winemaker goes against the grain to take his vineyards green

Posted: October 20, 2009  By James Molesworth

James Molesworth sat down with Mason here at my office yesterday to get caught up on his recent efforts at South Africa's Klein Constantia winery. Klein Constantia is best known for its Vin de Constance bottling, a dessert wine made from naturally shriveled Muscat de Frontignan grapes. The 2004 vintage was the best yet for this wine, earning a stellar 94-point review.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Rolls On

The auction gains buyers and sets a new total, despite a down economy

Posted: October 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

The 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction easily buffeted the current economic situation, setting a new record as buyers spent a surprising 5.2 million rand (about $690,000) at the event, held this past Saturday in Cape Town.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with South Africa's Emil den Dulk of De Toren

Another winery starts to take a close look at its dirt

Posted: September 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Emil den Dulk, owner of South Africa’s De Toren winery stopped by for a sit down today. Like most quality-conscious vintners, den Dulk isn’t standing pat, despite the very solid track record his Cabernet Sauvignon-based Fusion V blend has established. And as you might expect, most of den Dulk’s focus is on aspects that won’t affect what the consumer sees until a few years down the road. And, as you might expect, that focus is on dirt.

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

Previewing the Wines of the 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

More than 30 tasting notes on the best offering yet from South Africa's top winemakers

Posted: September 25, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with South Africa's Constantia Glen

The winery will debut two Bordeaux-style reds from the cool Constantia ward

Posted: September 15, 2009  By James Molesworth

There’s a theory that the best wines are made on the extreme boundaries of a growing region. Push the limits of where a certain variety can ripen, and you’ll make the best wine – the Mourvèdre grown by Beaucastel at the northern edge of the southern Rhône for example, or Cabernet Sauvignon grown on California’s Santa Cruz or Dunn mountains. South Africa's Constantia Glen winery is going to put that theory to the test.

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