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Tim James: On the launch of the Certified Heritage Vineyard seal

Last Thursday evening, winemaker Chris Alheit phoned André Morgenthal of the Old Vine Project and announced: “I want to join!” By midnight, he’d paid...

Tim James: On Winelands Fine Dining

For a while it was indubitably Stellenbosch, but Franschhoek is fighting to reclaim top ranking for grand eating in the Cape winelands. Not that...

Tim James: Some of the other wines available from Mullineux

Given the glamour, it’s easy to overlook just how much sheer hard work lies behind the most successful of the new wave of ardent...

Tim James: The tale of one of many dead and dying...

One consequence of the Western Cape drought is certain – the size of the Cape vineyard is going to continue shrinking, as it has...

Tim James: Mixed Feelings about Cape Viognier

A few weeks back, viticulturist Jaco Engelbrecht tweeted a picture of a piece of land roughly churned by tractor marks and empty of living...

Tim James: Amphoras and qvevri – the making of wine in...

Unless I’m mistaken, the first modern South African experiments with fermenting and maturing wine in clay pots happened at Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 2005....

Tim James: Tasting the new releases from Van Loggerenberg

One can’t have too much of a good thing, they say – so here’s a little more about Lukas van Loggerenberg’s latest wines, to...

Tim James: Viniculture and Literature on a Saturday Evening in Suburbia

I love it when different interests mine of come together in some way – collide, merge, glare at each other, or whatever. It happened...