Tim James: On the significance of fashion in wine

Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. I realised this as I tried to grasp it, or at least some strands of it, prompted by reading Michael Fridjhon’s recent Winemag discussion about wine-consumption differences between Gauteng and the Cape (see here). The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps […]

December 5, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: In praise of Chenin Blanc

Oh, not another praise poem about chenin blanc, I hear you mutter. And bashfully acknowledge the unoriginality, and admit: oh, yes. Sometimes these things just strike us – and I’ve had recent opportunity to drink some varied, fine and interesting chenins (actually drink and not just taste – a comparatively arid experience). Mostly it was […]

November 28, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a useful overview of achievements – though as challengeable in its judgements as any guide to something as much a matter of taste as wine is. And for some, Platter is fatally […]

November 21, 2016
by Tim James
with 6 Comments

Tim James: A visit to Stark-Condé

Jonkershoek Valley is the quietest and most remote-feeling and rural of the Stellenbosch wards. It’s a beautiful, mountainous place, largely left to nature (the Jonkershoek Nature Rerserve covers some 11 000 hectares), and once one has passed Lanzerac on the edge of town and entered the valley, of wine interest ahead are only Rudera (on […]

November 14, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

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
with 2 Comments

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
with 2 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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
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