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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...

Tim James: Looking at natural winemaking and “natural sweet” wines

Statistics can be most revealing, of course – but can need interrogating or supplementing if they are to lead one towards a correct understanding....

Tim James: What’s really happening in Cape wine these days?

In the latest post on Grape.co.za, Tim James accuses two important critics, namely Michael Fridjhon and James Molesworth of "misunderstanding Cape wine." Fridjhon gets taken...

Tim James: A visit to Spioenkop

Koen Roose led me to a hilltop on his Spioenkop estate in Elgin. All around the vines were thrusting forth little fistfuls of bright...

Tim James: What makes a good tasting note?

Some years ago I had an enjoyable email correspondence with a Californian named Ian Joseph who objected (unfairly, of course!) to a tasting note...

Tim James: Exploring difference in Cape pinot

One of the great –and perhaps surprising – varietal successes of the Cape wine revolution of the past few decades has been pinot noir....

Tim James: Wine and language

English is a pretty bastard language – only about a third of its current word-hoard is derived from the original Anglo-Saxon, and much of...

Tim James: Cape white blends – what’s in a name?

“Excuse me, what is a ‘Mediterranean White Blend’?” piped up an Australian voice at blind tasting of Cape Winemakers Guild last week? Good question...
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