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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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Mike Dobrovic Leaves Mulderbosch

Longtime winemaker helped turn the winery into a flagship for South Africa

Posted: August 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

Mike Dobrovic, who helped found Mulderbosch in 1989, is leaving the winery. The longtime winemaker and co-owner oversaw nearly a generation's worth of vintages at Mulderbosch, steering the winery to the forefront of the South African industry. For many American consumers, Mulderbosch is arguably the most recognizable winery from this still emerging wine region.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When Pinot Tastes Like Syrah It Might Be Pinotage

Posted: July 22, 2009  By James Laube

Last week during a blind tasting flight of 2007 Sonoma Pinot Noirs, I came across one wine that stood out, and that I really liked. It was dark in color, notably spicy and peppery, with pretty floral scents and ripe, vivid black and wild berry fruit.

News & Features  :  News

Harvest 2009: A Strong Year for the Cape

South Africa's wine regions enjoy a cool, dry season, producing quality across the board

Posted: June 2, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

David Finlayson Leaves South Africa's Glen Carlou

Posted: May 8, 2009  By James Molesworth

One item to file, and that clears off my desk just in time for my vacation: David Finlayson , head winemaker at Glen Carlou , has resigned his position there and will now focus solely on his own Finlayson Family label.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with South Africa's Bruwer Raats

Posted: May 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

I got caught up with Bruwer Raats yesterday. He’s the owner and winemaker at Raats Family , located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He currently produces about 9,000 cases annually, and sends about 4,000 to the U.

April 30, 2009 Issue  :  People

Johann Rupert Sets a Quick and Steady Pace

A remade L'Ormarins joins the ranks of South Africa's top wineries

Posted: April 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

April 30, 2009 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Diversity and Value

South Africa delivers a wide range of wines at attractive prices

Posted: April 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

April 30, 2009 Issue  :  Columns

Endangered Species

Posted: April 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

A Fond Farewell from South Africa as One Vintage Ends and Another Begins

Posted: April 21, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester As I sat with my morning coffee this past Sunday, watching the very first of our autumn rains, I was again reminded of how nature constantly evolves. We pressed off the very last little batch of hand-destemmed 2009 Cabernet on Saturday morning—soft juice, inky purple in color, fully ripe, gentle tannins, with no hint of those sometimes leafy Cab flavors, and the alcohol is only a shade over 12.

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

The Best Harvest in Memory in South Africa

Posted: April 14, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester After a quick trip to Prowein in Germany, followed by two days in the Pfalz, which borders France in the area around Strasbourg and Alsace and shares a rich and colorful history of occupation by German, French and American forces through the wars and troubled times of the past.

Video  :  Video Index

JM Digs Chenin, S. African Value

Why does James Molesworth recommend Chenin Blanc from South Africa? What are the main styles to look for? And why do they offer such great value? To find out, join James as he tastes a pair of Chenins.

Posted: April 14, 2009  

News & Features

Top Values: South Africa

The country delivers a wide range of wines at attractive prices

Posted: April 14, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Is It a Sin?

Posted: April 13, 2009  By James Suckling

I started thinking of the wine that I wanted to drink for lunch about 15 minutes into the Easter service at York Minster in England. I know that this is not at all the Easter spirit, or pious. But I couldn’t help it.

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

After the Fires, Back to Harvest

Posted: March 26, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester Well, we finally got all those fires here in South Africa under control after almost a month of chasing and water-bombing. Our firemen really did a great job against the elements, particularly the winds.

News & Features  :  News

Cape Winemakers Confront Fires

Blazes in South Africa destroy some vineyards around Stellenbosch Mountain and blanket others with smoke

Posted: March 19, 2009  By James Molesworth

April 30, 2009 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Posted: March 13, 2009  

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