Yearly Archives: 2010


Sobering news: California wine sales down

The wine industry received sobering news this week: California wine shipments dropped in 2009 for the first time in 16 years. Analyst Jon Fredrikson says wine consumption is up 2.1 percent nationally, but consumers are turning to cheaper imports to tantalize their palates. Figures show that sales appear to be […]


Cape Winemakers Guild invites 5 new members

Membership of the Cape Winemakers Guild has increased to 41 leading South African winemakers after the induction of five new members this month. The latest winemakers to have joined this prestigious association are Rianie Strydom (Haskell Vineyards), Andries Burger (Paul Cluver Estate Wines), Frans Smit (Spier Wines), Boela Gerber (Groot […]


Export of NZ sweet wine

British wine drinkers will soon be quaffing New Zealand sweet riesling for the first time after Europe lifted a long-standing trade barrier on sweet wine imports. New Zealand winemakers were given the all-clear to export sweet wines, such as botrytised riesling and pinot gris, to Europe last month, and some […]


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New threat to vines in Bordeaux

 Bordeaux is facing a new challenge with a vine disease, Flavescence dorée, threatening to be become a bigger problem than Phylloxera.  The disease is caused by phytoplasmas, microscopic plant pathogens similar to bacteria, but much smaller and lacking cell walls. They live in the vascular system of plants and are […]


Wine lake woes

It is no secret that there has been an over-supply of wine throughout the world for several years now.  On an almost daily basis we read or hear about yet another winery closing doors or going into receivership.  Irrespective of your nationality, it hurts.   The latest casualty from Australia is Coonawarra’s largest […]


Gripes aplenty amid wine glut

The Australian and international wine glut is an example of market forces working normally. The call for vines to be pulled, with either implied or express government subsidies, is human nature working normally: the desire to privatise profits and socialise losses. There’s nothing new about wine industry figures calling for […]


Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2009

  Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2009 has been released in South Africa this week and we decided to see just how jammy this wine could be.  The wine was created for Cape Classics, New York, by winemaker Bruwer Raats,with grapes sourced from Paarl.  The wine has done extremely well in the USA, primarily due to the […]

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Smoking barrels

At first glance a newcomer to wine might assume that all barrels are the same and serve the same function.  So why do we put wine into barrels in the first place? Wood has chemical compounds responsible for various aromas and flavours we experience in the wineglass.  Sweet, vanilla tones […]


Best of Wine Tourism winners 2010

Robertson Wine Valley:  Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences Cloof Wines:  Sustainable Wine tourism Practices Waterford Wine Estate:  Wine Tourism Services Vergelegen Wines:  Art and Culture Grand Provence Heritage Estate:   Architecture, Parks and Gardens Rust en Vrede Restaurant:  Wine Tourism Restaurants Devon Valley Hotel:  Accommodation

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Turning vine prunings into Biofuel

A Marlborough wine producer has successfully converted a tractor to run on a completely free, renewable biofuel – its own vine prunings. The New Zealand Wine Company, which produces the Grove Mill label, decided in early 2008 that the rising cost of diesel warranted a look at other options. It […]