James Pietersen manages the South African wine portfolio for Wine Cellar and was enticed into the world of wine whilst studying law at the University of Stellenbosch. An encounter with some Château Lynch-Bages 1982 led to an epiphany and a life-long journey in wine ensued. This has included stints in retail, wine buying and recently as head sommelier for the Slick Restaurant Group.
As a professional wine taster with experience including Platter's South African Wine Guide (since 2007), Wine Magazine, Classic Wine Magazine, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Amorim Cap Classic Challenge and much more, Pietersen has forged a deep and respected knowledge of South African wines.
Together with Roland Peens and Christian Eedes, he is part of the three-person panel on the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay Reports, and he has been a board member of SASA (South African Sommeliers Association).
A rapidly changing world necessitates that we use the knowledge that has now been garnered to find a way to the future. With the decline in vineyard plantings, ensuing drought and the rising cost of wine growing...