The Barolo of the South

Confirmed Italophile Chris Pollington looks back on his vinous journey, from first taste of Tuscany to a quest for the new and unusual, singing the praises of his current grape of choice: Aglianico, the South’s answer to Nebbiolo. It’s now over 30 years since I took my first wine exam and almost 20 years since […]

The great and the Guild

Ahead of tomorrow’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction, Chris Pollington shares a little of the CWG’s history, purpose and power – responsible as it is for and nurturing new talent and putting South Africa’s producers in the limelight. The Cape Winemakers Guild was set up in 1982 to improve the quality and standards of South African […]

Pass notes: the most important Italian grapes (part two)

Following on from last week’s feature covering everything from Aglianico to Sangiovese, this week Chris Pollington gives you the low-down on Italy’s most important white grapes (which go far beyond Prosecco and Pinot Grigio), as well as a few extra reds for those eager to know more. Carricante: an indigenous Sicilian variety making distinctive wines, […]

Pass notes: the most important Italian grapes (part one)

As we turn our focus to the fine wines of Italy, Chris Pollington compiles crib notes to a short-list of the country’s many hundred indigenous grapes – more than anywhere else in the world. Wine has been made in what is now Italy for at least three millennia, with invaders from all directions bringing their […]