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

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

Tapping Wine Tourism Into Liquid History

Graham Howe experiences a few of the stunning new wine tourism attractions of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the hub of Australian wine.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 9 May, 2018

The Willy Wonka of Wine Tourism

Graham Howe experiences the hottest new wine tourism trends while attending the annual Australian Tourism Exchange in Adelaide in April 2018.
Graham Howe

Friday, 23 March, 2018

The New Generation of Organic Wines

Out in the winelands over tastings with green wine makers, Graham Howe wonders whether organic and biodynamic wine farms are better suited to drought conditions and global warming.
Graham Howe

Monday, 19 February, 2018

Turning Water Into Wine

Thirsty conversation at recent tastings is as much about water as wine.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

New Vines for Hot Climes

Graham Howe looks at the trend to tastings which focus on drought-resistant Mediterranean varieties suited to hot and dry climates - and waterwise viticulture.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 7 December, 2017

A Year in the Life of a Wine Scribe

Graham Howe survived some sixty wine tastings on the circuit in 2017 - and reports on a few of the highlights and trends of the wine year that was.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

A Lesson In Sauvignon: Gateway To Summer

“Sauvignon Blanc is the gateway variety for new wine drinkers. It dominates every wine industry in the world for new and old wine drinkers”. At the annual FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 awards, Thys Louw of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG) urged producers to meet the rise in demand for the variety on domestic and export markets.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Making Waves: The Meteoric Rise Of MCC

“We’ve come a long way over the years” declares Johan Malan, cellar master of Simonsig, the Stellenbosch cellar which pioneered Kaapse Vonkel, the first bottle-fermented sparkling wine in South Africa in 1971.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 28 September, 2017

Romancing The Vine: Riding The Big Red Wave

Over winter the media tasted vertical flights of flagship reds from top Stellenbosch producers, a journey which shows the evolution of modern styles of winemaking.
Graham Howe