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

Tim James: Platter’s wineries of the year and their vineyards

Bruwer Raats made rather a good short speech on Friday evening, as he collected his certificate for Raats Family Wines as the Platter’s Wine Guide Winery of the Year. He was a touch more belligerent than might have been expected, as he took the opportunity to pick up on the controversy generated amongst the Twitterati […]

November 6, 2017
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Tim James: Are producers getting ahead of themselves when it comes to top-end wine prices?

It’s so often that we’re told how underpriced South African wine is, that it makes an interesting change to see a different viewpoint expressed – at least in regard to the top end. It’s one that, I’m pretty sure, will resonate with a lot of serious but not rich wine-lovers here, who see that R150 […]

October 31, 2017
by Tim James
with 9 Comments

Tim James: On Rosé

Rosé still seems to rate as an international success story. In Britain, apparently, summer sales have been boosted by the popularity of a drink called frosé – an icy sweet slush made by freezing rosé with lemon juice and sugar. That doesn’t sound like a challlenge to pink wine’s generally rather girly image, yet there […]

October 23, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: More on 19th century wine labels

Here are three more examples from the small collection of late 19th century labels bought by Hennie Taljaard from an American dealer – I discussed two from Constantia a few weeks back (see here). One of those mentioned Pontac, a black grape variety (and more, a rare red-juiced variety, known in France as Teinturier) that […]

October 16, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Reflections on this year’s Veritas Awards ceremony

Some things need to be done, whatever one’s trepidations, at least once in a lifetime. For many years I’ve sent my regretful declines in response to kind invitations to the Veritas Awards ceremony (partly because I don’t possess the “black tie” that’s indicated as the dress code, and wasn’t going to hire it), But this […]

October 9, 2017
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: Two 19th Century Constantia labels considered

We’re so accustomed to paper labels on bottles these days (perhaps port and madeira are the only mainstream wines where some bottles still have words stencilled directly onto the bottle for primary communication of their contents) that it’s hard to think of a time when they didn’t exist. The crucial date seems to be around […]

October 2, 2017
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of bottle maturation

Let me start with a generalised conclusion – one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend a lot of money on a genuinely grand wine and you drink it too young, you’re wasting a lot of your money, and would probably get more sensual pleasure from a […]

September 25, 2017
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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