Tim James: The Elim Wine Festival reviewed

The Elim Wine Festival is lively, noisy and cheerfully crowded, with plenty of good wine (and beer) available – mostly for downing rather than judiciously tasting. So I discovered last Saturday when I trekked down through the Overberg wheatlands to Black Oystercatcher winery, where the festival was held this year. Not the sort of occasion, […]

November 7, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: A visit to Oldenburg

Come over the Helshoogte Pass from Stellenbosch, past Thelema, Tokara and Delaire on the crest, and there’s the lovely Banghoek Valley around you as you plunge down towards Pniel – with Franschhoek often enough as your goal. Banghoek (some prefer to drop the G and speak of Banhoek) is a ward in in its own […]

October 31, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On the current-release Chapoutier reds

In October 2012 I persuaded Roland Peens of Wine Cellar in Cape Town to organise a small tasting of fairly modestly priced red blends. The point was to compare wines at that price level from the increasingly fashionable Swartland and from Southern France. My feeling at the time was that one might, in fact, find […]

October 24, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On the current-release Chapoutier whites

There are various reasons why, in the midst of all the fine local stuff offered us these days, we should look to wine imports. The main one must be to get styles and levels of quality not available here. Then there’s a trade-off in terms of cost: how much more are you prepared (or able) […]

October 17, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: On food and wine pairing

Twice recently I was prompted to consider food and wine pairing. I must admit to some scepticism on the subject – at least compared to the enthusiasm of many. I tend to find that a good wine and good food sort each other out adequately – though some combinations clearly are not good for either […]

October 10, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On Palomino

  Having enthused recently about one unfashionable white grape, clairette blanche, showing small signs of a Cape comeback at an ambitious level (see here), I’m repeating the exercise with palomino. Though again, unfortunately, there’s no immediate prospect of encouraging people to go out and buy some: there’s extremely little around in bottle – as a […]

October 3, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On wine scoring systems

I’ve been doing some very basic arithmetic (it has to be basic – it’s so long since I was at school without a calculator that I can’t even remember how to do long division). My foray into figures came when I noticed Christian’s recent response to a comment about the relationship between scoring systems. One […]

September 26, 2016
by Tim James
with 10 Comments

Tim James: The stylistic vagaries of SA Port-style wines

I’ve been thinking, rather unfashionably, about port. Rather unseasonably too, perhaps, as we move into spring and most people seem to associate drinking fortified wines (if they drink them at all) with winter. Not me – when willing to confront the alcohol and the calories, I’m happy to drink it all the year round, especially […]

September 19, 2016
by Tim James
with 3 Comments
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