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Daléne Fourie

Daléne has served as editor at Port2Port since its inception. An avid oenophile and keen observer of wine and digital trends, she has passed WSET lvl2 with merit and looks to satisfy her appetite for all things wine-related by reporting on them.

Twitter @DaleneFourie


Articles by Daléne Fourie


The Place of the Lost She-Goat

South Africa

The Place of the Lost She-Goat

Bertie Coetzee isn’t just any farmer, he’s a singer/songwriter TURNED bioboertie (his Instagram handle), turned winemaker (or producer of grapes...

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More Heart

South Africa

More Heart

Don’t stop reading this because you can’t afford the wine.

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The Man, the Myth, the Legend

South Africa

The Man, the Myth, the Legend

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, may have been right, but it's so much more.

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I am the Helderberg

South Africa

I am the Helderberg

“I am the Helderberg!”

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The Superpower of Erika Obermeyer

South Africa

The Superpower of Erika Obermeyer

It would seem to me that in order to become a superhero, you’ve got to suffer a bit.

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The Druid of Avondale

South Africa

The Druid of Avondale

If you ever considered yourself a religious person, or if not religious, then at least ascribing to a higher power/being/energy - then YOU believe...

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Die Kurktrekkers

South Africa

Die Kurktrekkers

Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche, the founders of Thistle & Weed, belong to a tasting group called ‘Die Kurktrekkers’.

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The Grapevine

South Africa

The Grapevine

Danie and Hugo Carinus are agter-agter-kleinneefs, which I THINK means far-off third cousins.

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The Wijn of Donkiesbaai

South Africa

The Wijn of Donkiesbaai

In December Capetonians, nay South Africans, make their pilgrimage to the sea.

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The Man and the Wolf

South Africa

The Man and the Wolf

“NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it...

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Wild Prospects

South Africa

Wild Prospects

“Wille Vooruitsigte” (Wild Prospects) said winemaker Conrad Vlok, when I spoke to him recently about the runaway success of their First Sighting...

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Apples and Pears

South Africa

Apples and Pears

The original idiom ‘comparing apples and oranges’ refers to a comparison between two seemingly disparate objects, though one might argue that as...

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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage

South Africa

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage

The annual launch of the new-vintage Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop Wine Estate is always one of the most anticipated events on the South...

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Les Jardins

South Africa

Les Jardins

Francophile: A person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French.

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A Room with a View

South Africa

A Room with a View

"Winemakers are anything but creators. We are merely mediators between elements - taming them in a chaotic environment, until blended and guided...

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The Title Deeds to Fairview

South Africa

The Title Deeds to Fairview

“If you plant the label and a purple cauliflower pops up, I’ll personally hand you the title deeds to Fairview.” - Charles Back

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Flight of the Flamingoes

South Africa

Flight of the Flamingoes

Flamingoes characteristically take off slowly, fly high, and fly together.

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The (not so) Secret Garden

South Africa

The (not so) Secret Garden

Describe your fantasy garden? “A meadow of ornamental grasses, Russian Sage, Sedum, Salvia, Echinacea and Rudbeckia. It doesn’t exist here...

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A Kleine Wijn Initiative

South Africa

A Kleine Wijn Initiative

"I say we trust our instincts, go with our gut. You can't program that. That's our edge." - MacGyver

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Swartlandness

South Africa

Swartlandness

It was a windless day in the Swartland, oppressive, dry, inescapable.

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Legends in the making

South Africa

Legends in the making

“Vrolik klink die liedjie Wat die klingelinge van haar enkelringe vergesel…”/ “Cheerful sounds the song that accompanies the clink-ling of her...

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From the Back of a Bakkie

South Africa

From the Back of a Bakkie

Riandri Visser, winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, is a slight, fair-skinned young woman.

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Publik Opinion

South Africa

Publik Opinion

"What would you be as a wine? A blend.” - David Cope {co-owner of Publik}

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The Truth About Tuscany

World

The Truth About Tuscany

I’ve always thought of myself as a New World type person.

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Alex Dale's Guide to Burgundy

World

Alex Dale's Guide to Burgundy

You may ask: “Who is this Alex Dale and what qualifies HIM as our guide to Burgundy?”

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A Special Allocation

South Africa

A Special Allocation

Porseleinberg (Afrikaans meaning "Porcelain Mountain") is anything but the fine and fragile material the name suggests, in fact it is a rocky piece...

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The Many Vineyards of Jacques Prieur

World

The Many Vineyards of Jacques Prieur

Did you know? While the French term ‘Chateau’ denotes a country house or castle, ‘Domaine’ refers to a territory, estate or empire (as explained by...

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The Art of 99 Points

World

The Art of 99 Points

“A slightly beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol.”...

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A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and two Ladies)

South Africa

A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and two Ladies)

“Come, Watson, come!" he cried. The game is afoot.”  ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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On the Importance of Wine Travel

South Africa

On the Importance of Wine Travel

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." ― Mark Twain, The...

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An Autobiography

World

An Autobiography

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” – Federico Fellini

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Stoep Sit with the Karoo Wine Club

South Africa

Stoep Sit with the Karoo Wine Club

At any one time YOU belong to a great number of unofficial clubs, ‘unofficial’ yet irrevocable.

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In Spanish

World

In Spanish

“The prerequisite for speaking French, I have always thought, is being the kind of person who speaks French.” – Lauren Collins, When in French:...

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Die Blêrrie Duitser {The Bloody German}

South Africa

Die Blêrrie Duitser {The Bloody German}

In July 2005, Michael ‘Spatz’ Sperling of Delheim, Vera Cruz and De Klapmuts sat down to write ‘The Memoirs of “Spatz Sperling”', he was 75 at the...

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KEEP CALM & CARRY ON

South Africa

KEEP CALM & CARRY ON

“Because survival is insufficient.” ― Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

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Old World Africa

South Africa

Old World Africa

When a Grand Old French Dame, from a 250 year-old winemaking family, who single-handedly ran one of the most prestigious second growths in...

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The Tale of the Animal Farm and the Vines

South Africa

The Tale of the Animal Farm and the Vines

“Between pigs and human beings there was not and there need not be any clash of interest whatsoever.”  ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

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The Thing about Stellenbosch…

South Africa

The Thing about Stellenbosch…

There are 12 varietals planted on the 120 ha Waterford Estate, though only half of the Estate is planted to vine.

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An Introduction

South Africa

An Introduction

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers”  ― Claude Monet

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An Old World Wine Guide

World

An Old World Wine Guide

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” - Albert Einstein.

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The Road

South Africa

The Road

“It is the road that teaches us the best way to get there, and the road enriches us as we walk its length.”  - Paulo Coelho

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Old School

South Africa

Old School

‘Old School’, as described by the urban dictionary, is a positive term referring to when things were done by hard work, didn’t pander to the lowest...

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A Little-Big Life

South Africa

A Little-Big Life

The Buddhist’s Nirvana, Maslow’s Self-Actualization, Epicurus’s Ataraxia. All pinnacles of mental freedom depending on your school of thought. A...

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Discovering America

World

Discovering America

“In Italy,” explained Gaia (daughter to Angelo Gaja) “when you’re very lucky, we say ‘You discovered America,’ because every family has someone who...

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Leverage

South Africa

Leverage

The Traffords are pioneers (having established a whole WINE WARD all by themselves - see Malgas), but more than that, they’re adventurers.

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Wines from the Frontier

South Africa

Wines from the Frontier

“South Africa isn’t quite the Wild West, but there’s a frontier spirit to its wine industry, as well as a sense of camaraderie that’s reminiscent...

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Oakleine Valley

South Africa

Oakleine Valley

Sir Antonie Viljoen (1858 - 1918), founder of Oak Valley Estate named his youngest daughter Oakleine, for his love of the land and in reference to...

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Parlour Games

South Africa

Parlour Games

“Youthful Brilliance” said Tim Atkin in his 2016 Special Report on South African Wine.

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The Perfect Wave

South Africa

The Perfect Wave

Dilla: A surfer who is confidently secure in being different or unique.

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The Good Life by Tokara

South Africa

The Good Life by Tokara

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is...

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

South Africa

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 1902 the Postmaster of Hermanuspietersfontein deemed the name too long and shortened it to Hermanus; the coastal town at the center of the...

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The Definite Article

South Africa

The Definite Article

‘The’ is the only definite article in the English language. It is used when the speaker believes the listener to be familiar with what he is...

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The Fourth Estate

World

The Fourth Estate

Why do we subscribe to annual ratings and wine awards? Well, our reasoning is three-fold...

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The Lady of Steenberg

South Africa

The Lady of Steenberg

Nancy Astor, the first female member of British Parliament is famous for threatening Winston Churchill: “Sir, if you were my husband, I’d poison...

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The Old Masters

World

The Old Masters

“At 90 I hope to have penetrated into the mystery of things; at 100 years of age I should have reached decidedly a marvelous degree, and when I...

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State of the Nation

South Africa

State of the Nation

Let’s face it, the state of OUR nation is not looking rosy. What the news does not report on however is that what underlies all our bad news is a...

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The Flying Frenchman

World

The Flying Frenchman

Unlike the flying Dutchman, the legendary ghost ship doomed never to cast anchor, the flying Frenchman reached the Cape of Good Hope just fine.

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Steen

South Africa

Steen

’Steen’ means ‘Rock’ in Afrikaans, and more importantly, ‘Chenin blanc’ (though we were only able to confirm THAT connection in 1963 mind you).

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The Dreamtime

World

The Dreamtime

Australia is vast. The sixth largest country by total area, it is situated on the flattest continent, with the oldest, least fertile soil; mostly...

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The Tale of Chamonix

South Africa

The Tale of Chamonix

In Afrikaans there’s a word, ‘fabelagtig', fable-worthy, worthy of a fairytale. The setting of Chamonix Wine Farm is ‘fabelagtig’, worthy of a...

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Field of Dreams

South Africa

Field of Dreams

It was a happy accident when Dr. Phil Freese (wine-growing partner at Vilafonté) jokingly paraphrased the timeworn quote: “If you build it, he will...

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Eight Wise Men

South Africa

Eight Wise Men

This week there are many stories to tell. Having been offered a collection of 2002 Kanonkop Pinotage in eight different bottle sizes, we thought...

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A Sleeping Giant

World

A Sleeping Giant

Great winemaking areas usually have some kind of incline and is close to a body of water, either between 30-50 degrees North of the equator or...

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A Decade Ago...

South Africa

A Decade Ago...

David Bowie said: “Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time.” We’re following his advice in an effort to encapsulate the 10 years this case of De...

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A Kuddelmuddel of Riesling

World

A Kuddelmuddel of Riesling

Kann ich mehr Riesling bitte? Our first taste of a well-aged Kabinett, with that intoxicating petrol scent, sparked a sudden sense of...

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The Golden Slopes

World

The Golden Slopes

Burgundy. Given what we now know, we’re starting to understand the recurring biblical theme in French wine. Fitting given that most of the...

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GAJA

World

GAJA

Angelo Gaja said: “We don’t sell Barbaresco, Barolo, Bolgheri or Brunello, we sell Gaja.”

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Cloudy Bay

World

Cloudy Bay

The Māoris refer to New Zealand as Aotearoa, the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud', quite fitting considering the focus of our story is Cloudy Bay,...

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Quality by Design

South Africa

Quality by Design

"The wines are proving to be among the very best to have emerged in the modern era of the South African wine industry" Christian Eedes

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The Promised Land

World

The Promised Land

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

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The Cape's True North

South Africa

The Cape's True North

Alheit Vineyards is a name mentioned in hushed tones, for no sooner are their vintages released than they are sold out. Therefore better not...

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Island Wine

World

Island Wine

“No man is an island.” But if we HAD to be one, we’d be Sicily by simple virtue of its diverse history, Mount Etna and the wine. No wait: The wine,...

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The Exquisite Struggle

South Africa

The Exquisite Struggle

Swartland, Western Cape. It is an obvious, yet largely unspoken fact, that in order for vines to produce unique and even, exquisite fruit, they...

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The Fable of Two Cases

South Africa

The Fable of Two Cases

A Fable is defined by its talking animals and a moral lesson; not to be confused with a Parable which excludes animals and thereby are generally...

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Shades of Blush

South Africa

Shades of Blush

Rosade, Rosato or Rosé. No matter how you say it, is a misunderstood wine. Praised and criticized, sought after and rejected, all because of its...

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The Vocabulary of Taste

World

The Vocabulary of Taste

Roald Dahl, one of our favourite authors, wrote a short story entitled 'Taste'. It describes an encounter between two gourmands who challenge each...

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The Many Names of Chardonnay

South Africa

The Many Names of Chardonnay

A star-crossed lover once lamented: "What's in a name?" Well, as it turns out, a whole lot. Specifically when it comes to Chardonnay....

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Méthode Winemaking

South Africa

Méthode Winemaking

One of life's great ironies is that Champagne wines were never intended to fizz. The now famous monk, Dom Pérignon disparaged of these 'mad wines'...

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A Study in Bordeaux

World

A Study in Bordeaux

It is with a sense of inevitability that we have arrived here. Well not HERE, North of here, at the subject of Bordeaux. You might ask WHY it has...

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