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Tim James: Specialisation by appellation

It’s one of the signs of the maturing Cape wine revolution that winegrowing areas are tending to associations with particular varieties. It’s pretty safe...

Why competition matters

We all know Spain won the World Cup this time around, and Italy won it in Germany four years ago. But who were the...

Tim James: Impressions left by a Riedel Glassware Masterclass

I’d attended a Riedel glass tasting before (and heard others’ experiences) and knew that again I’d come away fully convinced of the genius of...

Tim James: Wine and money

Amongst some year-end binge watching (Veep; The People v OJ Simpson) I fitted in some binge re-reading of the art criticism etc of Robert...

The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label...

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part...

Why does South Africa have so few wineries? And does it matter? To answer the second question briefly: I think it matters a lot:...

Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition 2015 results

Results of the Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition 2015 were announced today. There were 42 entries in total and the top five wines are...

South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10...