Wednesday, 15 June, 2022

Big red blends: The holy grail

The pursuit of the great red blend is a holy grail for many Cape winemakers.
Graham Howe

Monday, 25 April, 2022

The big BiB revolution out the box

The surge in bag-in-box (BiB) sales in South Africa reveals a fascinating evolution of consumer and marketing trends.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 9 December, 2021

Trend Spotting at Top Ten Tastings of 2021

Graham Howe picks his top ten wine tastings of 2021. Get the lowdown here!
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 17 November, 2021

Dizzy fizzy flights: In search of the sweet spot

Graham Howe experiences world-first flights of Cap Classique created by Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster at Graham Beck.
Graham Howe

Monday, 27 September, 2021

The limestone cowboys ride high in the valley

The magnificent seven MCC producers known as the Robertson Collective launched an exciting new Cap Classique route in September 2021. Graham Howe was there.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 25 August, 2021

The long and wining road with

Wine and food writer Graham Howe celebrates twenty-five years of contributing almost five hundred columns to, one of the longest running online wine columns in the world.
Graham Howe

Monday, 5 July, 2021

Beam me back to the past Boets: The brave new world of Covid tastings

The Covid19 pandemic has rewritten the protocols of wine tastings. Smart wine producers are launching new products by using digital and personalised platforms to reach media and markets.
Graham Howe

Monday, 17 May, 2021

Investing In The Brand Of Big Wine Blends

The launch of Taaibosch, a major new foreign-owned winery, represents a vote of confidence in the future of the South African wine industry.
Graham Howe

Monday, 19 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD: Old Vines, Liquid History

Conserving old vines keeps alive the history and cultural landscape of South African wine
Graham Howe

Monday, 15 March, 2021

Constantia After Covid

The Constantia Wine Valley is slowly returning to normal, supported by loyal locals – and hoping for a bumper tourism season over 2021/2022.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 11 February, 2021

Smuggling Chardonnay – The rebel grape

In the spirit of lockdown, Graham Howe revisits Chardonnay, the rebel grape first smuggled into South Africa forty years ago by winemakers defying government restrictions. Those were the days.
Graham Howe

Monday, 14 December, 2020

Virtual wine trends in 2020: The learning curve of COVID-19

Looking back on one of the toughest challenges for the South African wine industry since phylloxera, Graham Howe reflects on the long-term impact of Covid-19 – and the digital learning curve of 2020.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

RUBY CABERNET: A Cinderella Variety Makes a Comeback

A wooded Ruby Cabernet from Badsberg Cellar won the coveted General Smuts Trophy as overall Champion SA Young Wine in 2020. Graham Howe revisits this underdog variety.
Graham Howe

Monday, 10 August, 2020

Year zero: A lockdown tasting of alcohol-free wine

Sales of light, low alcohol, and alcohol-free beer and wines are booming worldwide. Graham Howe comments on the trend to zero alcohol in South Africa’s puritanical era of prohibition.
Graham Howe

Thursday, 25 June, 2020

Alternate Lockdown Diaries: A Tannat Tiger In Your Tank

Tannat, an intriguing red variety from the south-west of France, is as bold and tough as its Basque origins. Graham Howe explores its secret powers in single varietal and blended wines in South Africa.
Graham Howe

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020

CALLING ALL FLIGHTS: Next Level Lockdown Blues

A good bottle of wine a day keeps the lockdown blues away. Graham Howe takes a trip down memory lane on flights of alternative varieties which evoke virtual viticultural travels.
Graham Howe

Friday, 1 May, 2020

A DRY SEASON: Prohibition, The Plague & Lockdown Protocols

I wonder what the dry 2020 vintage will bring – not the dry season of drought but the drought of lockdown? The 2020 vintage might inspire a spate of new lockdown labels – Prohibition Pinotage, Bootlegger’s Chenin Blanc, Moonshine Merlot, Speakeasy Sauvignon or Smuggler’s Semillon come to mind.
Graham Howe

Tuesday, 7 January, 2020

Old Wines in New Bottles: Tasting Trends in 2019

Graham Howe says benchmark tastings of older vintages of Cape wines was a highlight of wine trends in 2019 – in an era defined by the constant search for new styles and novelty.
Graham Howe

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