Category: New World

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 […]

From deepest, darkest Peru

Drinks writer Amanda Barnes is undergoing a mammoth project to capture the wine world as it stands today, in 80 harvests. Here she reports from Peru, a historic producer knocked down by its colonial ruler, and home to much, much more than Pisco. It might not be the first wine-producing country you think of in […]

Lodi Rules?

As Blog Editor Sophie Thorpe travels to California to collect our “Best Wine Industry Blog” award, she reports back from wine country. I’ve spent the past few days loitering in Lodi, a little corner of the Central Valley that – until now – I knew very little about. Encounters with Californians that led me to […]

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]