From Slavery to BEE

The publication on May 1 of a new non-glossy, non-braai book called Grape – stories of the vineyards in SA by DA member of parliament Wilmot James, Chancellor of Rhodes University Jakes Gerwel and journalist Jeanne Viall will be a welcome addition to the national wine library. Publisher Tafelberg describes it as “provocative and [...] Related posts:
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Selling SA becomes counter-productive

Who says pressure groups don’t work? Wineoption.org, a UK-based consumer group, conducted a survey over Christmas and one of their conclusions was that supermarket wines should be sorted by style, rather than country of origin. As they reported “78% [of respondents] indicated dissatisfaction with the current method of merchandising by country of origin [...] Related posts:
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Enter the EPA, stage left

As SA generic wine marketing rapidly loses credibility and struggles to get a grip, could a rejuvenated Estate Producers Association [EPA] help? This was one of the many insights offered by Jean Engelbrecht in the Sunday Times yesterday. span id=”more-8086″> If dog owners look like their pets, it should come as no surprise to report that [...] Related posts:
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Nobbled by the subs

A terrific story on SA wines by Bill Zacharkiw in the Montreal Gazette yesterday, was spoiled by the mean-spritied headline “The Almost Great-Grapes of South Africa.” Where does the “almost” come from, Bill? span id=”more-8079″> The grapes in question are Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. Of Chenin, Bill says “but as much as the [...] Related posts:
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Monocle Mess Ups

A friend of mine was offered a column on Tyler Brûlé’s organ Monocle but turned it down after hearing the pay. A bad mistake I thought until I browsed the March edition. Colonel Gaddafi is upgraded to General and we’re told that “sales to China of Argentine wines costing more than €160 a [...] Related posts:
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Angela’s List and the faint whiff of hypocrisy

Thanks to Carrie Adams for e-mailing Angela Lloyd’s list of Top SA Wines – alas, I’ve given up reading Gripe, so had missed the original unveiling. Great minds think alike as Carrie had suggested she and I compile such a list for Classic FM with the novel feature that we’d buy the bottles. [...] Related posts:
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Woman Winemaker cancelled or April Fool?

The news that lovely Lorraine Immelman’s woman winemaker of the year competition has been cancelled has knocked the spittoon 1.2mm off its rapidly rotating axis. The reason supplied is that sponsorship from Landbouweekblad magazine “expired at the end of 2010, and [Lorraine] is negotiating with new sponsors when the competition re-launches in 2012.” [...] Related posts:
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