South Africa

‘A Sijnn retrospective: tasting the past and present of this remarkable vineyard in Malgas, South Africa’

Dr. Jamie Goode visited the Sijnn Estate in Malgas for a tasting and lunch to celebrate the estate’s 20 year anniversary. “The first few years of being here must have been difficult,” writes Goode. “The Afrikaans farmers who were their neighbours would have been very puzzled by vines going into the ground. The closest winery […]
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Australia

‘Australia’s Cool-Climate Regions Are Redefining Wine Down Under’

For Wine Enthusiast, Aussie wine fanatic Christina Pickard covers the winemakers who are moving the needle on Australia’s wine image. These producers, located in cooler climate areas like Macedon Ranges, Beechworth, Grampians and Heathcote, are a “handful of small-scale, multigenerational wine families who carry with them a deep love for and connection to their land.” […]
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South Africa

“South African Wine Has Never Been Better—Have Americans Noticed?”

For SevenFifty Daily, Caitlin A. Miller reports on the successes and struggles of South African wine in the United States. Miller questions, “With South Africa producing such exciting, high-quality, value-driven wines, why aren’t more American wine drinkers—and buyers—paying attention?” Our own Aaron Meeker comments on the excellent value of South African wine, and how the […]
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Australia

Joshua Cooper named Best New Winery by the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards

Every year, Halliday Wine Companion rounds up the best of the best in several categories of the wine industry. This year, Joshua Cooper won Best New Winery across the entire country of Australia. “We have Josh Cooper here in the Best New Winery category, but he could easily have been placed in the open Winery […]
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Australia

‘When the Climate Doesn’t Cooperate, Winemakers Innovate’

For Liquor.com, Kathleen Wilcox examines how producers are combating soaring temperatures (and ABVs) to create fresh flavors. She highlights the climate-appropriate plantings taking place at SC Pannell in McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. To achieve a fresher profile in a warming climate, Wilcox writes that Pannell uses “less of an emphasis on oak aging, […]
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Podcast

South Africa

Episode 25 – Catching up with Mick Craven

Mick Craven from Craven Wines was our very first guest on this little podcast when we launched last year. He was back in town, so we sat down for a quick catch up. In this episode, we talk about the Cravens’ infamous Pinot Gris, which (surprise, surprise) was rejected yet again by the South African Wine & […]
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New Zealand

‘The 30 Best Sauvignon Blancs for 2023’

VinePair recently published a list of the 30 best Sauvignon Blancs on the US market in 2023. Among them, Auntsfield Estate’s 90-point Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was featured. “What is refreshing about this Savvy B is that it has all the trappings of the popular style in the region while maintaining balance and subtleness,” writes […]
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South Africa

‘The Promise of South Africa’ featuring Thorne & Daughters

For Wine Spectator, Alison Napjus underscores the promise of South African wine. “It remains puzzling that South African wine has been slow to gain momentum and recognition in the United States. By any measure, Cape vintners are turning out both reds and whites that should entice any wine fan,” she writes. After tasting over 200 […]
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South Africa

‘Malu Lambert: South Africa’s black-owned wine labels on the rise’

For South Africa’s WineMag, wine writer Malu Lambert follows the rise of Banele Vakele, the winemaker for Tembela, and comments on the uptick in the country’s black-owned wine projects. Lambert reached out to our very own Aaron Meeker for comment. “Inclusiveness of producers and diversity of wines has done more for the perception – and […]
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