South Africa

Wine Press

South Africa with a Cedilha: Thistle & Weed’s Portuguese Nuance

While not the entirety of the focus of Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche’s joint venture better known as Thistle & Weed, Portuguese and Iberian grapes as a whole are becoming more important to them.  The idea of sustainability is more than the farming and winemaking practices, as making the correct decisions on grape varieties will often […]
Read More

South Africa

Trailblazing Natasha Williams of Lelie Van Saron

Malu Lambert sat down with Natasha and was able to get the soft-spoken ‘Lily of Saron’ to open up on her past, present and very bright future.  While not overseeing winemaking for two estates for one of the most respected large growers in South Africa (Bosman Family Vineyards), Natasha produces some really stunning wine under […]
Read More

England

Digby: Five world class English wines to try this summer

National Geographic’s London-based editor Fiona Beckett has tasted a large array of English fizz and has named her five favorites for this summer.  Digby Fine English’s ‘Leander Pink’ is joined by great company and ‘Leander’ is truly one of the most exquisite rosé sparklers in the country. Read more here.
Read More

Australia

Triple Crown Nominated Michael Dhillon of Bindi

The Halliday Wine Companion Awards are one of Australia’s most lauded recognitions for vinous excellence.  This year, Michael Dhillon owner/winemaker/caretaker of Bindi Wines in the Macedon Ranges was the only finalist in three distinct categories:  Viticulturist of the Year, Winemaker of the Year and Winery of the Year.
Read More

England

“Balfour (AKA Hush Heath) is pretty rad.” sayeth Dr. Jamie Goode

London-based writer and wine critic Dr. Jamie Goode waxed poetically about Richard Lynn-Balfour’s visionary sparkling wine project in Kent of Balfour Wines and the Hush Heath Estate.  “Modesty and talent, the perfect pairing, found in ample measure at Hush Heath,” says Richard. Read what the good doctor has to say about here.
Read More

South Africa

Orange Wines Have a New Fanbase: Intellego Wines

Orange Wine is here to stay…that is factual.  What seemed like a blip on the wine world radar a decade ago has reinvented itself and found a whole new world of thirsty and curious consumers.  Jurgen Gouws of Intellego wines is at the forefront of these skin contact beauties from South Africa and makes some […]
Read More

Australia

Young Gun of Wine: Best Nero d’Avola in Australia

Australia is about far more than Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.  In fact French cultivars might not even be the best varieties to be planted throughout this wonderful continent.  The arid, Mediterranean climate throughout much of South Australia provides the ideal conditions for Iberian and southern Italian grapes.  Ashley Ratcliff of Ricca Terra recognized that years […]
Read More

South Africa

Anysbos: Star Studded Releases According to Master of Wine

Greg Sherwood, a London-based Master of Wine is one of the world’s foremost experts on South African wines.  His passion is not only for the classics but also the ‘next-gen’ offerings. Recently he tasted through the new releases from Botrivier’s budding superstar Marelise Niemann of Anysbos. “The first time I tasted the 2017 Disdit white […]
Read More

Australia

More Than a Funny Name: Bloomberg’s Elin McCoy on the Serious Juice with Not-So-Serious Labels

Eye-catching packaging has always been a thing and many brands really push the envelope here, often to be shot down by the US Government.  There really is only one chance to make that first impression and Vine Street Imports has always been known for having many of these art/cultural labels represented in our book. Elin […]
Read More