Tim James: Celebrating burgundy

La Paulée de Meursault is a huge annual celebration of burgundy held each year. The more recently established New York equivalent has been described by Mike Steinberger “as the greatest Bacchanalia on the face of the earth”, and there’s also a recognised Paulée de San Francisco. Last year saw a Paulée in Johannesburg – less […]

November 30, 2015
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Tim James: An experimental vineyard

It doesn’t look impressive at first glance, to the ignorant eye at least: if this is a vineyard which might influence some significant aspects of the future Cape wine industry, then I hope there’s a Plan B. A fenced few hundred square metres of white sand, planted with what looks like short dry sticks, some […]

November 23, 2015
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Tim James: Wine – the stuff of love and soil

Two responses to my last week’s piece on the Swartland Revolution made particular sense to me. Though they were essentially antithetical, having to resolve the contradiction recalled to me an essential significance of wine in modern life. The first response came in an email from someone fully involved in the wine industry who commented, having […]

November 16, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: A review of the Swartland Revolution 2015

This last weekend saw perhaps the best Swartland Revolution yet – but I suppose that’s excitedly claimed each year by at least a few attendees. For those who haven’t been paying attention for the past six years: the Swartland Revolution is a now world-famous gathering of some hundreds of people in the little Swartland town […]

November 9, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: More on A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines

I haven’t been able to quite make up my mind about Adi Badenhorst’s 2014 wine called Brak-Kuil Barbarossa – but I’ve had a marvellous time dithering over a few glassfuls of it. Is it merely a good wine, or is it very good or even excellent? Undoubtedly it is unusual, rather fascinating, and a great […]

November 2, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: A new grenache vineyard on Skurfberg

It’s a long drive from Cape Town to get to Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm, Arbeidseind – but not a tedious one when Eben Sadie is there doing the driving … and a lot of the talking. It means a 6.30am start from Malmesbury, up the N7 with all its roadworks, turn-off at Clanwilliam onto […]

October 26, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: Why red wine is ultimately more collectible than white

Christian’s report on the SA Sommelier Association’s tasting of old Cape whites got me pondering, and being pushed into questioning prejudices is always a good thing. Is Eben Sadie right in finding “zero logic” to most wine-drinkers’ inclination to both spend more on red wine than white and mature it for longer (the two are, […]

October 19, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: A Visit to Shannon Vineyards

The longest row of vines at Shannon Vineyards is just over 100 metres. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the detail I remember best from a recent visit is probably this rather trivial one – though I spent a few hours with James Downes driving and walking around this beautiful Elgin property. The vineyards […]

October 12, 2015
by Tim James
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