Friday, 21 September, 2018

Ansela; the Slave, the Love Story and the Wine Farm

There is a story from deep in South Africa’s winelands which is awe inspiring. It is that of a slave who’s strength, hard work and love carries her from the slave lodge to wealth and independence. It is that of Ansela Van die Kaap.
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Taking Liquid Photographs with winemaker Ian Naudé

Ian Naudé is a passionate winemaker, after so many years his enthusiasm for wine is undimmed, and his enjoyment of a lovely glass of wine is infectious. Ian radiates happiness and positivity.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

The Real Beaujolais

Beaujolais Nouveau did for Beaujolais what bulk wine exports did for South Africa.
Dave March CWM

Friday, 13 July, 2018

The Answer lies in the Soil

The distance between the vines of Romanée Conti and Grande Rue vineyards is a couple of metres, separated by a dirt path.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 12 July, 2018

Hermitage; myth and reality

I had few preconceptions of Hermitage before I arrived. Like every wine lover I knew the image of the slopes surrounding the hermit’s chapel, and imagined idyllic Romanesque villages dotted at its feet. Time moves on and civilization sprawls, and wine lovers and wine producers are not always the most important people on the planet.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 9 July, 2018

Springtime madness in Chablis, France

Chablis, the northern most part of Burgundy, has always had a marginal winemaking climate; meaning that being able to fully ripen grapes every year is a lottery and disasters are just around the corner.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 11 June, 2018

What do Wineland visitors really want

Tour guides reveal what wine tourists expect of our wineries
Dave March CWM

Friday, 11 May, 2018

The Art of the Master Distiller with Marlene Bester

South African Brandy is amongst the best in the world, often (in fact, always) awarded trophies and gold medals in international competitions. It has achieved such status through the constant pursuit of excellence. Over many decades. Indeed, since the late seventeenth century.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

The French (and Italian) connection at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate

Morgenster recently celebrated the release of owner Giulio Bertrand’s selected eight wines as well as their first MCC, Cuvée Alessandra 2016.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 4 April, 2018

Annandale Wines: Twelve years in oak and sixty year old cobwebs

Imagine a red wine left to mature in barrel for twelve years before bottling. Imagine that when opened the fruit is elegant, supple but still profound. There must be a magic formula, right?
Dave March CWM

Monday, 5 March, 2018

Genie In The Bottle

What is behind the thousands of wine bottles on our shelves?
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

Pinot Noir in Heaven and Earth

The 2018 Pinot Noir Celebration was held deep in the rolling hills of Heaven and Earth, the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and presented wines from the three wards carrying its name.
Dave March CWM

Friday, 12 January, 2018

Selecting and Blending Wines: A Winemaker’s Perspective

Every wine is a blend. Even Single Varietal wines, such as Chardonnay, are blends – of both the farm and the cellar.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 18 December, 2017

Some Famous International Wine Regions – and why you should go next door

Many wine regions around the world have become bucket-list destinations. Nearly every wine producing country has at least one region where the wines are very special, or the area is very beautiful, or the culture is unique or all three. They are usually the ones most visited. They are not always the best to visit, however, if you are a true wine lover. Consider the following vinous pilgrimages.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Cape Wine Masters taste Quality by Design (and Eight Five Star Wines) at the Winery of the Year

Cape Wine Masters and guests were privileged to be able to join Bruwer Raats at his Raats Family Wines tasting room in November; the estate named by Platter’s as the 2018 Winery of the Year to enjoy some very special wines.
Dave March CWM / The Institute of Cape Wine Master

Monday, 27 November, 2017

South African Shiraz; could it be Sparkling?

South Africa makes world-class sparkling wines. Often from the original Champagne grapes, in the Champagne Method and in a similar range of styles. White sparklers and the increasingly popular rosés fill the shelves, but only a few producers seem brave enough to include an MCC style that has found more favour ‘Down Under’.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

Tasting wine in a 50 year old mountain cellar

Few passing by would suspect that within a few metres of the busy Adam Tas part of the R44 through Stellenbosch there lies the resting place of some half a million bottles of wine.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Bad Riesling and unleaded petrol

Aged Riesling has long been associated with the smell of petrol. Some might call it kerosene or diesel, whatever, it sounds scary to new wine drinkers and heaven to many devotees.
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016

Rutherglen Muscats and Ned Kelly

Approaching the corrugated tin sheds of Morris winery outside Rutherglen in Victoria, Australia, you could easily imagine Ned Kelly skulking through the gum trees. It is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and Ned would find much to cover his escape.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

Selling South African wine in the German wine market

German based wine expert and owner of outlet ‘Wines of the New World’ in Bonn, Peter Gebler CWM has an in-depth knowledge of the German wine market, and shares his thoughts for South African producers.
Dave March CWM