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Tim James: A harvest visit to Alheit Vineyards

It’s seldom that I visit a winery at harvest time. First, because the people there are too busy for me to presume a welcome:...

Tim James: On the state of wine festivals

I could easily become a wine festival junkie, given the chance - and if I could afford it, though I suppose that a signal...

Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up,...

Tim James: On the relative nature of natural wine

There are some things which we are sometimes tempted to think of as absolutes but are better appreciated as relative – as existing on...

Tim James: In praise of Portuguese varieties

  It’s just a trivial throw in the great game of “If” – but if the Cabo das Tormentas had been settled by Vasco da...

Tim James: Calories in wine and other labeling issues

Do you think your wine drinking is making your fat? Ruining your Banting diet? One of Australia’s wine companies thinks it possible, and hopes...

Tim James: Controversy and rebirth at Quoin Rock

Those who’ve only been around the Cape wine industry for a few years might not even have heard the name of Quoin Rock (and...

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...