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The 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction: Distinctive Wines from South Africa

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

My annual late-summer tasting of the new crop of Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines has become one of my favorite group tastings of each year. The four dozen or so wines offered at each year’s auction provide a stunning overview of the remarkable diversity of South Africa’s wine industry. A weak South African rand in conjunction with highly distinctive wines of consistently high quality make this year’s CWG auction a unique buying opportunity for international wine lovers.

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The 2015 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2015

With South Africa’s currency down more than 20% against the U.S. dollar in the past year, this year’s Cape Winemaker’s Guild auction in Stellenbosch offers international wine lovers a prime opportunity to snap up some scarce and distinctive South African wines from that country's most talented makers.

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South Africa’s Ongoing Wine Revolution

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Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2015

When South Africa emerged from nearly a half century of apartheid in the early 1990s, its wine producers stepped up to the international plate with two strikes against them. Twenty-plus years later, they have dug themselves out of their early hole and prospered.

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Vertical Tasting of Sadie Family Wines Columella

Verticals & Retrospectives, South Africa

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2015

I first met Eben Sadie in 2002, on my initial visit to South Africa’s beautiful Cape region. Prior to the trip, I had heard rumors from my spies about a fascinating new “garage” wine that was going to shake up the South African wine industry.

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The 2014 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2014

The upcoming 30th annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction offers a unique buying opportunity for American wine lovers interested in picking up some scarce and distinctive South African wines

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The 2013 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2013

The upcoming 29th annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction offers a terrific buying opportunity for American wine lovers interested in picking up some scarce and excellent South African wines from some of the country's most talented winemakers

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The Best New Wines from South Africa

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Stephen Tanzer, May 2013

My extensive tastings of new releases from South Africa in March and April were a bittersweet adventure

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The 2012 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2012

American wine lovers interested in picking up some scarce and excellent South African wines will find it easier than ever to participate in the annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction, thanks to the implementation of on-line bidding this year

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The 2011 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2011

The recent strength in the U.S. dollar offers American wine lovers an even better opportunity to pick up some scarce and superb South African

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Focus on South Africa

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Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2011

If Argentine wine is led by an iconic superstar (malbec), then South Africa fields a more well-rounded team with many talented players