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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down...

Tim James: A “newbies” tasting suggests some trends

I spent a good chunk of last weekend – or so it seems in retrospect – tasting wines from a handful of the Cape’s...

Tim James: A gift of Cab-Cinsaut

Wine journalists obviously – or should – draw a line between gifts and necessary samples. A clear, strong line, but even if you accept...

Tim James: Young guns, old hands and Uva Mira

I daresay I’m as much to blame as anyone for encouraging skewed perspectives, but I hope I show, in my more sober moments, that...

Tim James: Blending – when more is more

Thoughts about wine blends have been sloshing around my head just recently, as I’ve been thinking about a tasting of them (a wide variety...

Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and...

Tim James: Describing character trumps scoring

Seems to be wine competition season again – which I’m not involved in, beyond curmudgeonly comment from the sidelines – but also looming is...

Tim James: The grapes of southern Italy

I wouldn’t be overly distressed to know that I’d never again drink wines made from, or heavily dependent on, roussanne and marsanne – those...