Tim James: On Samuel Pepys and home blending

This is not at all what I intended to write about. In fact I had almost finished an earnest and highly enthusiastic little piece for you about Portuguese varieties in South Africa – but then I had my supper and felt it my duty to accompany it with some of my today’s Platter wines. And, […]

August 15, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: On wine allocations

There are various ways of coping with a demand that exceeds supply. The basic method dictated by our splendid economic regime is, of course, price: you can only have it if you can afford it. Stalinist Eastern Europe relied more on a willingness to queue for any luxuries available to the general public. As for […]

August 9, 2016
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

Tim James: On Gabriëlskloof as a centre of excellence

When Chris and Suzaan Alheit shared their Hemel-en-Aarde cellar with Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, and more briefly with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters, they all spoke occasionally of it as a “centre of winemaking excellence” (and even made the T-shirt). There was obviously humour behind the pompous grandeur of the words – but that […]

August 1, 2016
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: On being a taster for Platter’s

I’m so used to people thinking that tasting wines for Platter’s’s can only be a drunken, hedonistic delight that I was greatly pleased the other day when someone asked if it didn’t sometimes become just a chore. The experience, in fact, while not always pure delight, is often exciting, invariably at least interesting. Though the […]

July 26, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Will we ever see a wine from Judge Hlophe?

In my first – and, as it proved, incomplete – survey of the many lawyers involved in Cape wine production, two names I intentionally omitted (saving them for now) were those of the couple who founded Domaine Brahms in Paarl in the late 1990s. Gesie van Deventer is not now a lawyer – she’s still […]

July 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On lawsuits served and survived

Taking up the theme of lawyers in wine that I introduced last week (see here): I’ve been served lawsuits three times (none got to court) resulting from my comparatively youthful days when there was a gossip column in Grape magazine called “The Widow’s sour grapes”. Somehow I tended to get blamed for the old bag’s […]

July 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Tim James: On lawyers in wine

I confess to a little knowledge of lawyers at their sharp end – the part that sends out invoices for services rendered. Mostly, I’m proud to say, to do with my being threatened with libel suits, but once – well, I try not to remember that one, but the charges were also dropped in that […]

July 4, 2016
by Tim James
with 8 Comments

Tim James: Is there any point to blind tastings?

It’s always useful to rehash old debates, if only because the audience is always widening, so I couldn’t resist last week responding to Michael Fridjhon’s claims about blind and sighted tastings (see here). Of course, when that particular debate happens, the almost inevitable conclusion from honest participants is that both methods have their advantages and […]

June 27, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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