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Tim James: How seriously to take very light reds?

There’s a bit of debate around cinsaut these days, with the proliferation of bottlings alluded to by Christian in his recent article. Can one...

Why Cinsault is becoming a thing (again)

How fashions change in wine. Platter’s 2008 lists all of five examples of Cinsault, the three reviewed being from Landskroon, Mac’s Hill and Culemborg...

Tim James: On the paradox of more wine from fewer vines

For statistics junkies it’s that exciting time of year when Sawis issues its annual booklet of selected statistics. Now available on their website (along...

Marthélize Tredoux: Reflections on the London Wine Fair

Just about a month ago, I hopped on a plane to the UK for some rest, relaxation, exploration and also to pop in at...

Tim James: Pinotage on the up

These are good times for pinotage. Believe it or not, of the top ten most-planted wine grapes, pinotage is the only black one to...

Joanne Gibson: The Cape’s first winegrower

Jan van Riebeeck was not a very nice fellow. At best, the letters and journal he wrote detailing his decade as first commander of...

Tim James: On the Barbarossa that isn’t a Barbarossa

One of the Cape’s most extraordinary wine-growing areas, and one of the most obscure, is inland from St Helena Bay on the Atlantic coast,...

Tim James: The pleasures of strong drink

This is perhaps a confession of something too close to addiction to be proudly proclaimed – but I daresay many readers of this website...