This was Richard’s sixth visit to the Oxford Wine Club, but who’s counting? When he last presented South Africa to us in 2012, his alter ego, Rick, The Wine Liberator (see www.theliberatorwine.com) was in its infancy.
2016 sees the Liberator project going from strength to strength, with his Episode Six recently receiving the ultimate endorsement of being Jancis Robinson’s wine of the week, and Richard returning to talk about the New Wave of South African wines.
Richard’s interest in South Africa began when his MW dissertation took him there in 1993. Back then, everything was changing with the end of apartheid and Nelson Mandela poised to become South Africa's first black president. This set the scene for our wines – all, bar the first producer featured, had set up in the post apartheid era.
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