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Tim James: How long to mature modern SA wine?

A recent tasting of local 2005s was well covered by its organiser, Angela Lloyd (here), and Christian Eedes (here). So I won’t talk about...

Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015...

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and...

Tim James: Drinking at lunchtime

I’ve written elsewhere comparing the dining styles of two great Cape Town eating establishments (perhaps the two best, in fact, in my amateur opinion):...

Tim James: Do consumers inevitably trade up?

It would probably be read as a confession if I say that, as a wine critic, I am neither a nationalist nor a patriot....

Tim James: The Joys of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc

With fashionable Swartland basing its white wine reputation on its treasure-house of old chenin and getting a lot of deserved attention for its varietal...

Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of...

Tim James: On the demise of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

One of the more pleasing things about South Africa’s generic marketing in the last decade has been the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (associated with...

Tim James: Bulk vs bottled

The question of exporting wine in bulk, and packing it in bottle or box in Europe has risen again. It roused heated discussion here...