Tim James: KWV celebrates 100 years – some reflections on its legacy

Let’s be grateful that the KWV doesn’t celebrate its birthday as assiduously as does the African National Congress. We can also breathe a happy sigh at the KWV being no longer as significant in its field as the ANC is in its…. When the KWV was officially born on 8 January 1918, just a century […]

January 19, 2018
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Is a market correction on the way for top-end SA wine?

Last year – 2017 – seemed to me marked by a sudden leap in the prices of upper-end local wines. Or had they been creeping up for a while and suddenly the shift became qualitative rather than quantitative? The result is the same: lots more wine I can’t afford. Late in the year, reviewing a […]

January 15, 2018
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Can the market bear the ever-increasing number of top-end Chenins?

Visiting and tasting with Lukas van Loggerenberg (Van Loggerenberg Wines) and Reenen Borman (Boschkloof and Patatsfontein/Ron Burgundy) is becoming established as a great annual pleasure. Making it all the more interesting last week was the presence of Roy Richards, now not quite retired from wine stuff but until recently a greatly respected British wine importer, […]

December 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: The year in review

The year seems to approach its weary end unusually quickly in Cape Town. Maybe it’s the bloody tourists. They’re already blocking the view of mountain and sea, drinking and flushing away all our water, and helping to clog up the roads mid-day, joined in the latter pursuit by the locals who usually swell the now […]

December 11, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Impressions left by a Riedel Glassware Masterclass

I’d attended a Riedel glass tasting before (and heard others’ experiences) and knew that again I’d come away fully convinced of the genius of this glassware designed to bring out or suppress characteristics of different wines – tannin, perfume, greenness, etc, etc. Fully convinced, that is, that the shape and dimensions of a glass can […]

December 4, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: The impact of the drought

Few of us in the Western Cape fully realise as yet, I suspect, the impact the drought will have. Little by little I’m discovering more, partly though the perspective of wine. Amidst a larger agricultural crisis which will cost many thousands of jobs and create great suffering and anguish, vineyards accustomed to copious irrigation are […]

November 27, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Nederburg and the challenges of effective branding

It’s a debate of relevance – probably unresolvable except by time – to countries as well as big brands: Does a reputation for lower quality wines drag down the overall image, despite significant top performers? Or do those top performers raise the image, pulling up the lesser stuff? The question has obvious connections to South […]

November 20, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially while reaching for your credit card) I paid a hefty sum for a bottle of … Cape rosé! It’s not even a category of wine I much enjoy. For those bucks […]

November 13, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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