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Tim James: Ernie Els Wines approaches two decades

When golfer Ernie Els teamed up with Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede for the first wine to be produced under his eponymous label,...

Tim James: SA wine and German aristocrats

The contribution of Germans to Cape winemaking is extraordinarily large – really, it needs to be properly researched and written up sometime. It started...

Tim James: Help Fight Sandmining in the Paardeberg

To many winelovers abroad and at home, the Paardeberg is the most famous Cape winelands mountain – even more so, perhaps, than Stellenbosch’s Helderberg...

Tim James: Alheit maiden vintages revisited

So established is the Alheit name in the elite of modern South African wine that it’s jolting to realise that the inaugural vintage of...

Tim James: On the practical difficulties of a wine collection

Buying wine is an expensive interest; storing it well is not cheap either. I don’t know how many bottles I have – usually somewhere...

Tim James: Boekenhoutskloof gears up

“Everything we do here is a creative act, the opposite of monolithic!” Thus Marc Kent, the man whose vision – even more than his...

Tim James: On Some Older Cape Reds

Having spoken about the white wines at  the latest of Michael Fridjhon’s annual old wines tasting, I should say something about the reds, as...

Tim James: On bubbly – Colmant in particular

Vintage champagne marks the peak of achievement for most champagne houses, typically made only from about four vintages each decade. The basic house brut,...