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Wineries Of The Cape - The Independent Guide To Touring The Winelands (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Lindsaye McGregor, Erica... Wineries Of The Cape - The Independent Guide To Touring The Winelands (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Lindsaye McGregor, Erica Bartholomae
R285 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R52 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

From historic gabled manor houses to contemporary wineries, quirky family-run farms to iconic estates, country picnics to world-class fine dining restaurants, this 3rd edition of Wineries Of The Cape profiles 58 of the very best visitor experiences in the winelands.

All are within easy reach of Cape Town, and a top-notch wine selection is at the core of each of the wineries chosen for inclusion in the book.

The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback): Harriet Perlman The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback)
Harriet Perlman; Photographs by Mark Lewis
R450 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R101 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

The Colour of Wine isn’t just another book about picturesque Cape vineyards. Instead, it tells the remarkable story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through the personal journeys of black winemakers. Woven through their stories are interviews with wine producers and politicians, chefs and sommeliers, connoisseurs and teachers, drinkers and tasters.

The book, twinned with the documentary film The Colour of Wine (included on DVD), explores the turbulent history of winemaking in South Africa, and the varied careers the industry has to offer. Wine doyen John Platter offers insights into where South African wine is now, and where the industry needs to go. You’ll also discover a rich array of local recipes that complement South African wines.

The Colour of Wine gives a taste of the changing world of South African wine.

Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018 (Hardcover, 38th Edition): Philip Van Zyl Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018 (Hardcover, 38th Edition)
Philip Van Zyl
R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

Debuting in 1980, Platter's Wine Guide is South Africa’s first and still leading wine annual, with total hardcover sales of well over 1.4 million copies, plus more recent digital versions for mobile and desktop devices.

The 2018 edition follows the popular and award-winning Platter’s format, with 941 South African wine producers, merchants and brands being featured, including 48 new ones, along with well over 8,000 locally produced wines.

The guide’s wine descriptions and star ratings are compiled in association with a team of leading wine experts, and include good-value indicators and pointers to Hidden Gems – wines that are interesting, unique, unusual or otherwise worthy of winelovers’ attention. Winelands dining, accommodation and cellardoor tasting options are also covered in detail, along with the full spectrum of tourist amenities, attractions and activities.

Platter's South African wine guide 2017 (Hardcover, Revised edition): Philip Van Zyl Platter's South African wine guide 2017 (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Philip Van Zyl 1
R99 Discovery Miles 990 Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2017 was launched at Cape Town’s The Table Bay Hotel on 31 October 2016 with over 200 guests in attendance, the VIPs including wine producers who had achieved the maximum five star rating in the new edition – reserved for wines that are “South African classics”.

The guide’s ultimate accolade, Winery of the Year, this year was awarded to the iconic Nederburg Wines, making this the second time that they have won, the last time being six years ago in the 2011 edition. In this 2017 edition, they achieved no fewer than four Five Star results, the most of any producer.

The prestigious Red Wine of the Year accolade went to The Winery of Good Hope for the Radford Dale Black Rock 2014 and White Wine of the Year was awarded to Stellenrust for the 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015. The Dessert Wine of the Year award again went to last year’s Dessert Wine winner, and 2016 Winery of Year, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, for their Straw Wine 2015.

A total of 94 Five Star wines, as well as one new Five Star brandy, are featured in the 2017 guide. Publisher of Platter’s by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “As per last year, all wines that were scored 4.5 stars or higher in the primary assessment went into a second round of tasting, conducted blind (without sight of the label) by small panels including experienced palates from outside the team. It is testament to the exceptional quality of the highly regarded 2015 vintage that we saw a good run of results, particularly in the white wine categories. Hearty congratulations to all winners!”

Emerging from this thorough review process with their first ever Five Star ratings were the following 17 producers: Artisanal Boutique Winery, Bartinney Private Cellar, Bosman Family Vineyards, Diemersdal Estate, Donkiesbaai, La Vierge Private Cellar, Laibach Vineyards, Môreson, Mount Abora Vineyards, Olifantsberg Family Vineyards, Perdeberg Winery, Restless River, Ronnie B Wines, Skaap Wines, Stellar Winery, Thorne & Daughters Wines and Trizanne Signature Wines.

Also worthy of note are a fantastic run of three Five Star ratings for Cape Chamonix Wine Farm, David & Nadia, Kleine Zalze Wines, Newton Johnson Vineyards and Sadie Family Wines.

My Kind Of Wine (Hardcover): John Platter My Kind Of Wine (Hardcover)
John Platter
R325 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R67 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

John Platter returns! With the same simple approach to wine which made him a household name in South Africa, he tells the stories of wines and winemakers; taste the wines himself; writes about them in language everyone can understand. Today’s winelands are another country. Young revolutionaries are leading a charge. Old campaigners are rising to the challenge. New areas, new varieties are being explored, ancient vineyards revived. Never has the wine scene been so exciting, so ready for this new book by an old hand. A writer who has also grown and made wine himself. This is not another Platter wine guide. It is not a list of the ‘best’ wines blind-tasted and scored by a panel. It is no more, no less, than John Platter’s purely personal picks of the wines he enjoys drinking. And why. It is completely different from any other wine book on the market. The stunning images are by photographer Clinton Friedman.

Wineries Of The Cape - The Essential Companion To Touring The Winelands (Hardcover): Lindsaye McGregor, Erica Bartholomae Wineries Of The Cape - The Essential Companion To Touring The Winelands (Hardcover)
Lindsaye McGregor, Erica Bartholomae 3
R530 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R163 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this new edition of Wineries Of The Cape, Lindsaye McGregor – a long-time contributor to Platter’s wine guides and a regular writer in the world of South African wine – shares her extensive industry knowledge by profiling 56 independently selected, must-visit wineries.

From historic gabled manor houses to contemporary wineries, quirky family-run farms to iconic estates, country picnics to world-class fine dining restaurants, all within easy reach of Cape Town, Wineries Of The Cape guides you in experiencing the very best of the winelands.

Love Your Wine - Get To Grips With What You're Drinking (Paperback): Cathy Marston Love Your Wine - Get To Grips With What You're Drinking (Paperback)
Cathy Marston 3
R110 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R22 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

  • Ever felt patronised by a waiter because of your wine choice?
  • Been on the sharp end of comments about your taste in wine: “Pink wine, really?”
  • Had your pronunciation of wine terms corrected?
  • Confused about whether it’s OK to drink red wine with pasta?
  • Had that uncomfortable feeling you’ve been conned into paying too much for a bottle of wine in a restaurant?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you need to read this book.

Cathy Marston takes you on a wine appreciation journey from easy drinking sweets, through the popular sauvignon blancs (sew-vin-yon blonks), bubblies, dessert wines and on to the fuller reds, with the sole aim of giving you confidence in your wine choices. The confidence to enjoy drinking wine; to see it as a pleasure, not a potential source of embarrassment; and above all, to help you become confidently curious about trying something new.

Because the real secret of wine success is that the more you drink, the more you know. Admittedly, the less you probably remember, but hey – you can’t have everything.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine 2020 (Hardcover): Hugh Johnson Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine 2020 (Hardcover)
Hugh Johnson 1
R355 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R133 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 43rd year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive, up-to-the-minute annual guide. Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both. This latest edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book includes a colour supplement on 'Wine Flavour: How, What, Why?'

Waugh on Wine (Paperback): Auberon Waugh Waugh on Wine (Paperback)
Auberon Waugh; Illustrated by William Rushton; Introduction by Naim Attallah
R232 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R43 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

First published in 1987 and long out of print, this collection of Auberon Waugh's writings while wine correspondent at various times for Tatler, the Spectator and Harper's and Queen is now considered a classic text by a new generation of wine writers and connoisseurs. Waugh On Wine is riddled with his legendary wit: `...hosts that skimp on their wine should be exposed, ridiculed and humiliated'. On aperitifs he wrote, `The general effect of cocktails is to anesthetise the brain, drive out the worries and preoccupations of the day and prepare men and women for each other's company.' On smoking cannabis: `For those readers that are still old-fashioned enough to smoke pot, the only wine I ever found that went well with it was Deinhart's Hochheimer Konigin Victoria Beng Riesling Kabinett.' The best way to enjoy this cornucopia of delight is to settle into a comfy chair, pour a glass of your favourite vintage and enjoy a master stylist at the top of his game.

The History of Wine in 100 Bottles - From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond (Hardcover): Oz Clarke The History of Wine in 100 Bottles - From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond (Hardcover)
Oz Clarke 1
R496 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R145 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Winemaking is as old as civilization itself and wine has always been more than just a drink. For thousands of years, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to its current status as a vast global industry, the history of wine has been directly related to major social, cultural, religious and economic changes. This fascinating and entertaining book takes a look at 100 bottles that mark a significant change in the evolution of wine and winemaking and captures the innovations and discoveries that have had the biggest impact on the history of `bottled poetry'. From goatskin to the German Ratskeller casks and invention of the glass wine bottle, from the short onion-shaped bottles of the 1720s to the tall cylindrical bottles of the 1780s, why Bordeaux, Burgundy and Hoch have their own distinctive bottle shape to the distinctive Paul Masson carafe of the 1970s. Other stories cover the first cork-topped bottles to screw caps, bag-in-box, cans and cartons, early wine labels once glue was strong enough, the first wine labels to be produced by a vineyard (and not a merchant as previously) and commissioned artwork by the 20th century's most iconic artists for labels on high-end bottles; historically important and unique bottles: the oldest unopened, the most expensive sold at auction, the rarest; wines from the oldest vineyard in production, from the driest place on earth, from the highest and lowest vineyards and the most northern and southern. Oz Clarke also writes about the people who have influenced wine through the centuries, from the medieval Cistercian monks of Burgundy who first thought of place as an important aspect of wine's identity, through scientists like Pasteur and Peynaud who improved key technical aspects of winemaking, to 20th-century giants like Robert Mondavi and Robert Parker Jr. Oz also talks about famous vintages, from the 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein to the first Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 and today's cult wines from Bordeaux and California. Word Count - 55,000

Modern wineries of South Africa (Hardcover): Craig Fraser Modern wineries of South Africa (Hardcover)
Craig Fraser
R500 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R85 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This title presents a fascinating array of wineries focussing primarily on their architectural approach and photographed in the context of the awe inspiring backdrop of the winelands of the Western Cape in South Africa. In 2002 there were 202 wineries in SA in 2010 there are 585 farms producing wine, the industry is mushrooming. Wine making techniques change and technology evolves and with the introduction of new capital into this industry people are doing everything they can to capture a niche in the highly competitive

Italian Wines 2017 (Paperback): Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2017 (Paperback)
Gambero Rosso
R593 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R133 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Italian Wines is the English-language version of Gambero Rosso's Vini d'Italia, the world's best-selling guide to Italian wine, now in its 30th edition. It is the result of a year's work by over 60 tasters, coordinated by three curators. They travel around the entire country to taste 45,000 wines, only half of which make it into the guide. About 2,400 producers are selected. Each entry brings together useful information about a winery, including a description of its most important labels and price levels in Italian wine shops. Each wine is evaluated according to the Gambero Rosso bicchieri rating, with Tre Bicchieri awarded to the top labels. This guide acts as an essential reference tool for both wine professionals and passionate amateurs around the globe: it provides the instruments for finding one's way in the complex panorama of Italy's wine world.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine 2020 (Hardcover): Hugh Johnson Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine 2020 (Hardcover)
Hugh Johnson
R323 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The brand new edition of the unrivalled and bestselling annual, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 43rd year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive, most up-to-the-minute annual guide. Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both. This latest edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book includes a color supplement on 'Wine Flavor: How, What, Why?'

Wine it's not rocket science - A quick & easy guide to understanding, buying, tasting & pairing every type of wine... Wine it's not rocket science - A quick & easy guide to understanding, buying, tasting & pairing every type of wine (Paperback)
Ophelie Neiman 1
R370 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Rocket science is complicated, wine doesn't have to be. With information presented in an easy, illustrated style, and bursting with fool-proof and reliable advice, Wine: It's Not Rocket Science is the guide that answers the sentence: I wish I knew more about wine. From how grapes are grown, harvested and turned into wine, to judging the colour, aroma and taste of the world's most popular varietals, to understanding terroir and feeling confident serving and ordering wine at any occasion, this book explains it all in the simplest way possible. Every page, every piece of information, and every detail is illustrated in charming and informative colour drawings and infographics.

Constantia Glen - A Timeless Vision (Hardcover): Clare O' Donoghue Constantia Glen - A Timeless Vision (Hardcover)
Clare O' Donoghue
R500 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R85 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

“The evocative journey behind a jewel in the Cape’s winemaking crown.”

This book is a celebration of Constantia Glen’s rocketing success – it’s an historical account, rich in scale, but it’s also the intimate story of a family whose determined vision is underwritten by a deep love for this land. It pays homage to the finely-tuned contemporary operations and advances behind its worldclass wine-making, the Constantia Glen team’s unflinching commitment to quality in everything that they do and an honouring of the ‘extended family,’ the Constantia Glen staff – some of whom have worked on the farm for decades. “There’s a lot to be said for continuity,” says Alexander Waibel. “It’s in the way we learn about our vineyards and the way we value the people who work in them.”

Winemasters of Bordeaux (Paperback, New edition): Nicholas Faith Winemasters of Bordeaux (Paperback, New edition)
Nicholas Faith
R309 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R90 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this paperback edition of his classic book The Winemasters, Nicholas Faith tells the story of the wines of Bordeaux - the most glamorous in the world. It is the history of a group of merchant families, mostly from Ireland and Germany, who for two centuries controlled the sales of the finest clarets and Sautemes. It is the tale of the way the owners of the region's greatest estates and chateaux freed themselves from the merchants' grip. Above all it is a story of the fascinating men and women involved - from the Rothschilds to dozens of eccentric chateau owners. The Winemasters of Bordeaux brings the story up to date, including the way that Bordeaux repelled the intrusion of the major international drinks groups. More successful newcomers have been the French nouveaux riches who have bought many of the famous chateaux.

Drink Progressively - From White to Red, Light- to Full-Bodied, A Bold New Way to Pair Wine with Food (Paperback): Hadley... Drink Progressively - From White to Red, Light- to Full-Bodied, A Bold New Way to Pair Wine with Food (Paperback)
Hadley Douglas; Contributions by Gabriel Frasca; T J Douglas
R524 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R110 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

* The first wine book to breakdown wine by by weight and body rather than varietal and region, which makes exploring and understanding wine much easier. * Offers 50 recipes and food pairings from a nationally recognized chef making the drink progressively concept easier to understand and apply. * Revolutionary and patented method for shelving wines by weight and body has made the Urban Grape wildly popular and a top destination for wine enthusiasts. Audience * Wine enthusiasts * Novice wine drinkers * Food and Cooking enthusiasts * Anyone who enjoys entertaining

Wine and Economics - Transacting the Elixir of Life (Paperback): Denton Marks Wine and Economics - Transacting the Elixir of Life (Paperback)
Denton Marks
R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Wine and the wine trade are steeped in culture and history; few products have consistently enjoyed both cultural importance and such wide distribution over time-even seen by some as "an elixir of life". While wine has been produced and consumed for centuries, what is distinctive about the economics of wine? Professor Marks's book is an accessible exploration of the economics of wine, using both basic principles and specialized topics and emphasizing microeconomics and related research. Drawing upon economic themes such as International Trade and Public Choice, Wine and Economics also relates economic reasoning to management issues in wine markets. The discussion ranges from economic fundamentals and wine and government, to the challenge of knowing what is in the bottle and the importance of wine as a cultural good. This novel and comprehensive introduction to the subject is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and anyone interested in wine and the wine industry.

Savory Dishes of Caribbean (Paperback): Urmie Seenarine Savory Dishes of Caribbean (Paperback)
Urmie Seenarine
R380 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R57 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Wine Reads - A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing (Paperback, Main): Jay McInerney Wine Reads - A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing (Paperback, Main)
Jay McInerney 1
R241 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R43 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Country & Townhouse's Best Book for Christmas, 2018 A delectable anthology celebrating the finest writing on wine. In this richly literary anthology, Jay McInerney - bestselling novelist and acclaimed wine columnist for Town & Country, the Wall Street Journal and House and Garden - selects over twenty pieces of memorable fiction and nonfiction about the making, selling and, of course, drinking of fine wine. Including excerpts from novels, short fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, Wine Reads features big names in the trade and literary heavyweights alike. We follow Kermit Lynch to the Northern Rhone in a chapter from his classic Adventures on the Wine Route. In an excerpt from Between Meals, long-time New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling raises feeding and imbibing on a budget in Paris into something of an art form - and discovers a very good rose from just west of the Rhone. Michael Dibdin's fictional Venetian detective Aurelio Zen gets a lesson in Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello vintages from an eccentric celebrity. Jewish-Czech writer and gourmet Joseph Wechsberg visits the medieval Chateau d'Yquem to sample different years of the "roi des vins" alongside a French connoisseur who had his first taste of wine at age four. Also showcasing an iconic scene from Rex Pickett's Sideways and work by Jancis Robinson, Benjamin Wallace and McInerney himself, this is an essential volume for any disciple of Bacchus.

The Wandering Vine - Wine, the Romans and Me (Paperback): Nina Caplan The Wandering Vine - Wine, the Romans and Me (Paperback)
Nina Caplan 1
R234 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R51 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WINNER OF THE FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS DEBUT DRINK BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019

WINNER OF THE LOUIS ROEDERER INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018

'Wine is alive, ageing and changing, but it's also a triumph over death. These grapes should rot. Instead they ferment. What better magic potion could there be, to convey us to the past?'

Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina Caplan follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne's ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rhône and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great: an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot: about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and – in vino veritas, as Pliny said – about herself.

In this lyrical and charming book, Nina Caplan drinks in order to remember and travels in order to understand the meaning of home. This is narrative travel writing at its best.

Making Award Winning Wines at Home - Professional Methods For the Amateur Winemaker (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Bill Smith Making Award Winning Wines at Home - Professional Methods For the Amateur Winemaker (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Bill Smith
R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Bill Smith's introduction to winemaking happened when he worked in California, where he visited wineries in the Napa Valley. Back in England, he became a keen amateur winemaker. Adapting his skills as a research scientist in anaerobic fermentation to winemaking, the author soon became a prize-winner at shows, furthering his interest in the hobby by becoming a National Wine Judge He wrote this book for winemakers at all levels; all aspects of home winemaking are discussed from the basic equipment to the Wine Clubs that are the backbone of this widespread hobby. It gives the author's own views on methods that will improve on standard winemaking techniques and concludes with a selection of over fifty recipes from him and his winemaking friends.

When Wine Tastes Best: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers 2020, 2020 (Paperback): Matthias Thun When Wine Tastes Best: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers 2020, 2020 (Paperback)
Matthias Thun 1
R94 R76 Discovery Miles 760 Save R18 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

When you buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at home, wouldn't you like to know when it's going to be at its best? Based on the unmatched Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar, this handy little pocket guide tells you which days are optimum wine-drinking days, and which days to avoid if you want to get the most out of your glass. At least two major supermarket chains only do their wine tastings on the best days as indicated by this calendar! Includes a bonus month, December 2019, to cover the Christmas season.

Everyting You Wanted to Know about Wine but were afraid to ask (Paperback): Tudor Caradoc-Davies Everyting You Wanted to Know about Wine but were afraid to ask (Paperback)
Tudor Caradoc-Davies; Edited by Jean-Pierre Rossouw; Designed by Jonathan Cane
R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
Wines of the New South Africa - Tradition and Revolution (Hardcover): Tim James Wines of the New South Africa - Tradition and Revolution (Hardcover)
Tim James
R702 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R160 (23%) In stock

Sought after by European aristocrats and a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte, the sweet wines of Constantia in the Cape Colony were considered to be among the world's best during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the first democratic elections in 1994, South Africa began to re-emerge onto the international wine scene. Tim James, an expert on South African wines, takes the reader on an information-packed tour of the region, showing us how and why the unique combination of terroir and climate, together with dramatic improvements in winemaking techniques, result in wines that are once again winning accolades. James describes important grape varieties and wine styles - from delicate sparkling, to rich fortified, and everything in between - including the varietal blends that produce some of the finest Cape wines. Anchoring his narrative in a rich historical context, James discusses all the major wine regions, from Cederberg to Walker Bay, complete with profiles of more than 150 of the country's finest producers.

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