Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

The Year of Vegan-Friendly Wine

Vegan-friendly wines and vegan wine pairings were one of the major emerging trends at wine tastings in 2019.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019

The Spirit of Papa Spatz: Every bow-tie tells a story

Top winemakers and old family friends celebrated the eightieth anniversary of Delheim Wines – to pay tribute to the enduring legacy of South African wine legend, the late Spatz Sperling.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Classic Cape Roots: On Aristotle, Alto and Braais

Do you believe that everything has a purpose? The big philosophical question was posed at the celebration of the twentieth vintage of Tokara, one of the highlights of the year on the tasting circuit.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019

Sauvignon-esque Chenin

Sauvignon-esque, a new descriptor has entered the wine lexicon to describe a new style of Chenin Blanc. Graham Howe investigates
Graham Howe

Monday, 26 August, 2019

Graham Howe - Interview with wine.co.za - Cape South Coast wine region

As a relatively new wine region the Cape South Coast has the freedom to experiment with pockets of terroir and to specialize in signature varieties. The region favours diversity and varies from area to area and farm to farm. Our interview with Graham Howe shows what sets this region apart and some of their best wines.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

A passion for Pinotage

Pinotage turns sixty this year since the first commercial release of the historic 1959 vintage under SFW’s Lanzerac label in 1961. Graham Howe tastes his way back to 1959.
Graham Howe

Friday, 5 July, 2019

The Big Chill in the Great Southern

Graham Howe heads south from Perth through seriously cool wine country – all the way to Denmark, Western Australia.
Graham Howe

Monday, 17 June, 2019

The Sustainable Mantra of Margaret River

Sustainable food and wine tourism is the mantra of Margaret River, an idyllic new-world wine region on the frontier renowned for signature varieties and cool-climate styles.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

Tasting terroir in Margaret River, Australia

While attending the Australian Tourism Exchange in Perth in April 2019, Graham Howe heads south to explore wine tourism initiatives in Margaret River.
Graham Howe

Monday, 22 April, 2019

All in the family: Fathers and Sons

The passing of the baton from father to son – and occasionally, father to daughter - has been one of the themes of recent tastings at family cellars in the winelands.
Graham Howe

Friday, 15 March, 2019

Flights of Memory: Graham Howe's Top Wine Tastings in 25 Years

In a nostalgic mood, I’ve been reminiscing over the top ten wine tastings I’ve attended in South Africa while covering and writing about wine trends since the mid-1990s. While sorting through a stack of a hundred of my (handwritten) notebooks and three decades of (pre-digital) press releases, I recalled the highlights of thousands of wine tastings and launches I’ve been privileged to attend.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

THE TWENTY CLUB: Winemakers with staying power

In a world where the only constant is change, a handful of Cape winemakers have made twenty vintages at the same wine farm. Talk about staying power.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

What To Drink On A Pacific Island Paradise

What could you not live without, cast away on an island paradise - wine, cold beer, rum, good food, books, music or company? Graham Howe packs for his summer holidays in the South Pacific.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Top Tasting Trends in 2018

Single varietal tastings were one of the big trends on the wine circuit in 2018, from Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay, highlighting the hero varieties of the Cape winelands.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

The Wild Card: Groovy Grenache

Grenache Noir is the wild card at tastings of the usual suspects from Chenin and Sauvignon blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Graham Howe finds out more about this hot-blooded Latino variety.
Graham Howe

Monday, 22 October, 2018

Voluptuous Viognier Revisited

Flourishing in the new world, fashionable Viognier has undergone a renaissance in recent decades.
Graham Howe

Friday, 5 October, 2018

New Wave of Italian Varieties in the Cape

Italian grape varieties are thriving in the Cape winelands, adding diversity to the national vineyard.
Graham Howe

Friday, 21 September, 2018

Brand Focus on Hero Varieties

Specialisation – a brand strategy with a focus on a hero variety or wine style – has been a key theme of winter tastings on the winelands circuit.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

A Virtual Wine Journey Down Under

In the last of his series on South Australia, Graham Howe explores the history of the vine, wine closures, labels, glasses and styles on an interactive tour of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.
Graham Howe

Friday, 29 June, 2018

Riding the Riesling Rollercoaster

Graham Howe rides the Riesling rail trail through the Clare Valley north of Adelaide, the Riesling capital of Australia – and a major tourist attraction.
Graham Howe