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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...