Building community to preserve children’s hope

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When cider is wine

Alistair Morrell explores the many parallels between cider/perry and wine, which he feels in its purest form should certainly not be bracketed together with beer. Nevertheless, the process of keeving keeps its unique. Alistair’s presentation to the Circle on the subject can be found on YouTube. When the Cider Is Wine trade alliance was launched at the end of 2018, it raised eyebrows with some bec...
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English wine: much more beyond bubbles

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Liz Sagues looks back on last month's Circle of Wine Writers seminar on still English wine and why it sparkles just as much as English sparkling wine. The decision to focus the Circle's June 26th webinar on English still wine rather than sparkling was a deliberate one. Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the committee is planning a masterclass and tasting early in November to help bring the too-...
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Counting the true cost of wine

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A cultural conundrum

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Changing the wine business for the better

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Modern Malbec and the Mendoza matriarch

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Dr Richard Smart calls for carbon capture

Dr. Richard Smart, the renowned viticulturist who now calls himself a ‘carbon conscious’ vine doctor rather than the ‘flying’ vine doctor, looks back at the events of 2020 so far. While coronavirus is very bad, it will eventually go away, but the climate crisis is becoming increasingly critical and calls for urgent action from the wine industry, he argues. He asks us as wine writers to start to ho...
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An extremely expensive endeavour

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The Cape Crusader: Rosa Kruger & The Old Vine Project

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