Tim James: On the need for a list of restaurants that allow BYO

I always feel affronted by restaurant reviews that ignore the winelist, let alone provide any detail. Even in, say, the New Yorker, where it’s a matter of practical irrelevance; more so in blogs and magazines aimed specifically at local winelovers. Here follow a few remarks, with a whinge or two, on wine service during a […]

January 12, 2015
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On wine additives

Craig Hawkins has a great (and often quirky) sense of humour, but when he chose “Made from grapes” as the motto of his Testalonga wine-brand, he wasn’t joking. What he really means is “…and ONLY grapes” – though, bringing a touch of pragmatism to his idealism, he will add a judicious touch of preserving sulphur […]

December 16, 2014
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: Some winelands myths debunked

Where do people find their strange ideas and fragments of historical misinformation? I daresay I have one or two cranky and mistaken notions of my own, but those, of course, aren’t making me raise an eyebrow (not to mention simultaneously scratch my forehead, heave a deep sigh and shrug my shoulders – it’s a physical […]

December 8, 2014
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Torres Viña Sol – delicious and different

Luckily for those of us wine lovers with pockets in which the exchange-rate rand is getting prohibitively light, there’s plenty of local stuff to provide pleasure, interest and even excitement. Though some of it is not exactly cheap (except by international standards) and some is now getting hard to find. Neither price nor rarity has […]

November 25, 2014
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: On the magic mountain that is Skurfberg

There are many wine-growing mountains in the Cape winelands, with the best-known names from Stellenbosch: Helderberg, Simonsberg and, perhaps, Schapenberg. All have something distinctive to say, unless muted by overripe fruit and heavy-handed winemaking, although the language of our landscapes is one that we are continually learning to better comprehend. As for other mountains, the […]

November 17, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Interview with Andrew Jefford

It’s nine years since Andrew Jefford – eminent British wine writer and critic – was last in South Africa. He’s just spent something over a week here, tasting hard (with also a bit of playing at the Swartland Revolution, his final stop), making a number of winery visits and doing some category tastings, chardonnay most […]

November 11, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Praise due to DeMorgenzon

I’ve been dredging the internet to no avail, unable to check my wholly fallible memory that it was Sydney Smith, the nineteenth-century English clergyman, writer and wit, who suggested that one should “dine with the rich, but go to the play with the poor – for they are capable of joy”. Google doesn’t seem to […]

November 3, 2014
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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