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Michael Fridjhon is widely recognised as South Africa’s foremost wine taster and wine judge. With over four decades experience in every segment of the industry, show chairman on three different continents and on more than 20 occasions, author, co-author or contributor to more than 40 books including the Oxford Companion to Wine, the Global Wine Encyclopaedia and the John Platter Wine Guide - he brings an unparalleled judgement to the task of reviewing a wine and its potential. His notes are the best and safest guideline available to collectors and consumers of Cape wines.


Launched in 2013, the Wine Wizard website is the only source of his scores and tasting notes on South African wines assembled over the past 3 years. With over 4000 entries (and more added at a rate of 150 - 200 every month) it combines absolute currency with a depth covering several vintages. The wines are - unless otherwise indicated - ALWAYS TASTED BLIND - so that neither the brand nor the on-shelf price tag influences his judgement. The notes come with scores on the revised international 100 point system, descriptions of the wines, as well as food pairings and occasions for service. In short, the scores and tasting notes on Wine Wizard are the most valuable source of wine information on South African wines available to anyone in the world.

In March 2017 Michael Fridjhon’s Wine Wizard will achieve optimum mobility with the appearance of the Wine Wizard App. Your smartphone or tablet will deliver scores and reviews of all the wine tasted since the launch of the site, the top ten wines across many different categories, best choices as food pairings (rated in terms of scores or value) as well as Wines of the Week, articles, diary events and other information vital to collectors and enthusiasts. Updated several times every month, it will be vastly more useful than any information available in print.


Access to the essential data on the site will be free for a limited period only, after which it will only be available to subscribers. For less than the price of a couple of poorly selected bottles of wine, you can take advantage of the two week free access to see for yourself why Michael Fridjhon’s Wine Wizard will make buying and collecting wine so much more cost effective.

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