Monthly Archives: September 2011


Island of wine

“The thing you need to understand about Waiheke,” says Steve Robinson, “is that many of us came here as hippies, to drop out. The joke was that you could look across from Auckland and see the dope haze hovering. Now I can barely afford to live here.” Waiheke Island, located […]


South African fortified wines to be de-ported

The quaint, mountain-ringed town on South Africa’s longest wine route proudly claims to be the country’s “port capital”. But Calitzdorp is soon to lose its title. The word “port” will disappear from bottle labels by January 1 due to a European Union trade pact that it only applies to fortified […]


Sulphur Dioxide ‘good for grapes’: study

A study by the University of Western Australia has found that sulphur dioxide could actually have a positive effect on a grape berry’s composition. The chemical is used widely in winemaking worldwide for a variety of purposes, and is very much bête-noire of the burgeoning natural wine movement, which considers […]