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Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip...

Tim James: On the South African Old Wine Tasting 2017

For many years now, Michael Fridjhon has been offering a tasting of older Cape wines at the Grande Roche in Paarl on the day...

Tim James: Cinsaut and the quest for seriousness

It seems to me there are more and more mutters these days to the effect that we’ve been perhaps a little too generous in...

Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine...

What makes a wine “nerdy” - and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously –...

The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus...

Tim James: Some thoughts on I Taste Red: The Science of...

To adapt Voltaire: if Jamie Goode didn’t exist, wine nerds would need to invent him. No other wine writer appears to have the scientific...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine tasting essentially pointless?

Yes, I know which platform I’m writing for. No, I haven’t had too much wine. Yes, I am serious about this topic. In the last...

Tim James: A visit to Glenelly

It struck me only after I’d left Glenelly last week – my visit began in broken sunshine and ended in a light drizzle –...