The Cape's controversial auction
This is the first of three articles about South African wine that we'll we publishing this week - JR. NOTE: Tim James has kindly corrected me on a couple of points I made below - TC. 'Rianie Strydom was not the first female member (though there were no women when she joined). Norma Ratcliffe (Warwick) was a long-time member, and Louise Hofmeyr (Welgemeend) was a member for a while. As a matter of interest - few of the CWG auction wines are actually submitted to the Platter Guide for tasting.' First held in 1985, when it looked as though the Nederburg auction was losing its shine, the prestigious Nedbank Cape Winemakers...
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