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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  

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

Blogging Through the Smoke

Posted: February 27, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester Well, it seems like half of the Southern Hemisphere is burning. We have had an ongoing run of bushfires, called veld fires here in South Africa, and just as the firefighters seem to get a fire under control, it flares up again a little further away.

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

Harvesting Sauvignon (With an Eye on the Rugby Match)

Posted: February 17, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester With the Super 14 Rugby series underway, my home team, the Stormers (Western Cape), took a knock in the second half from the Sharks (Kwa Zulu Natal), but Australia had a poor start, with their Reds taking a severe beating from the Bulls (Northern Province).

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

The 2009 Grapes Arrive in South Africa

Posted: February 13, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester First of all, I would like to wish all those Southern Hemisphere wineries around the (lower half!) of the globe the best of harvests ever! Good luck to you all, may this be a great vintage for you.

Blogs  :  2009 Southern Harvest Winemakers

Kicking Our Heels in Stellenbosch

Posted: February 11, 2009  By Ken Forrester

Posted by Ken Forrester Welcome, from warm, windy Stellenbosch, where just a few producers have started their 2009 harvest. Typically, the early fruit would include Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage, and any time now, the first Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay will be coming in.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Value Wines of South Africa

A diverse selection of 15 exciting new wines, each priced less than $20

Posted: February 6, 2009  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Snappy Sauvignon Blanc

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2007

Posted: February 3, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Another (Quiet) Track Record of Quality: South Africa's Mulderbosch

Posted: February 2, 2009  By James Molesworth

In a recent blog post , I took a look at the quiet track record of Thelema , one of South Africa’s best Cabernet producers. Mulderbosch could arguably be Thelema’s alter ego— it’s known for white wine more than its reds (in contrast to Thelema), and it too has quietly put together an impressive track record.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

South Africa's Thelema: A Quiet Track Record for Quality

Posted: January 21, 2009  By James Molesworth

Though it might be news to some, South Africa has been making world-class wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chenin Blanc, in particular—for more than a few years now. Part of the country’s steady rise in quality has been due to the efforts of winemakers like Gyles Webb, whose Thelema property has one of the country’s longest track records for quality.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South Africa

11 new wines from South Africa that showcase the country's improving wine quality

Posted: January 9, 2009  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

32 Rare South African Gems

Tasting notes on top producers' small-lot wines that consumers can buy via the annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction this month

Posted: September 19, 2008  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Models Bearing Spanish Wine Take Center Stage at Fashion Week

Plus, Donna Karan turns 20 with bubbly, celebs and winemakers help raise funds for cancer research, UK football owner spends big on Cristal and South Africans build wine bottle labyrinth

Posted: September 10, 2008  

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Dennis Haysbert

Versatile actor, known for his roles in 24 and The Unit, takes the time to seek out new wines at home and on location

Posted: September 4, 2008  By Betsy Model

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Picking a Price for a New Wine? How About Giving It Away?

Posted: July 22, 2008  By James Molesworth

Normally, yet another small-production wine (even one with outstanding quality) would be just another entry to an already crowded playing field. Add in the fact that the wine comes from the still-overlooked South Africa, and most folks probably wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South Africa

A baker's dozen of outstanding new releases

Posted: June 27, 2008  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Harvest 2008: South African Vintners Deal With Inconsistent Weather

A cool, wet growing season puts a premium on vineyard management

Posted: May 27, 2008  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Château Pétrus Makes a Record-Breaking Sale—of Art

Plus, Yankees and Mets toast the Subway Series, an academic basis for music and wine preference, buy wine to save cork, and wines stoppers for both virtue and vice

Posted: May 21, 2008  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Clay Pots and Terroir

Posted: May 19, 2008  By James Molesworth

I’ve been checking in with winemakers in the regions of the Southern Hemisphere that I cover (Chile, Argentina and South Africa) as their harvest is wrapping up, as I want to get an early read on potential quality for the 2008 vintage.

April 30, 2008 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

A Pair of Aces

Syrah and Chenin Blanc lead South Africa's strong hand

Posted: April 30, 2008  By James Molesworth

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