Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that if I were buying Sadie or Boekenhoutskloof wines and was offered the choice of the wine under screwcap or (good quality) cork, I’d go for the latter – the natural ones […]

August 7, 2017
by Tim James
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Some insights from the HelloMerlot workshop

  On Friday, a workshop organized by the Merlot Forum or HelloMerlot as this producer body will be known going forwards. Guest speaker was Olivier Berrouet of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol who when asked for advice on how to improve the quality of local Merlot replied as follows: “You are the beginning of writing your […]

August 7, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The wines of Arcangeli Vineyards

You couldn’t call Krige Visser a Young Gun – not with that splendid full grey beard (acquired fairly recently – since I last met him, at least). But in spirit? Ah, yes. A Middle-Aged Gun, then. I had a pizza with him last week at Burrata in Cape Town; that is, I had a pizza […]

July 31, 2017
by Tim James
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Michael Fridjhon: Sommeliers and the state of restaurant wine service in SA

Ten years ago the word “sommelier” did not exist in the active vocabulary of any but the most wine-literate of South Africans. “Wine steward” was the jumped-up version of “wine waiter” but even in the best of establishments the maitre d’ would usually say – having taken the meal order – “should I send the […]

July 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Rock cod curry, dry white wine and the future of Distell

Getaway.co.za refers to Tofo in Mozambique as a “little South African Ibiza”. Luckily, our recently holiday there was out of season which meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves – a beautiful beach, balmy weather and fresh seafood every night for supper. What to drink with rock cod curry or braaied langoustines, though? […]

July 26, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Deconstructing terroir – the roles of place, soil and clone

Ambitious producers can’t talk long about their wines without sliding in some reference to terroir, or sense of place. But they can mean very different sort of places, and expressions of them. When Eben Sadie was establishing his Columella and Palladius early this century he was convinced that the Swartland needed blends (of both place […]

July 24, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: Can SA wine’s image be fixed?

I like the term “truth bomb”. Dropping a truth bomb is so deliciously satisfying. It should completely floor  everyone within the blast radius with sheer veracity and enlightenment. Writing about the wine industry is like searching for a cache of truth bombs to hurl. I’ll tell you this for free – they’re bloody hard to […]

July 20, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 6 Comments

Tim James: On conceptions of luxury and their relevance to wine

What is gastronomic luxury? In a recent column in the World of Fine Wine, the thoughtful British food writer Francis Percival talks about “two competing visions” in the contemporary restaurant world: on the one hand, “checklist luxury”, which “comes from what the experience contains … the luxury of perpetual filet mignon and lobster”. Then there’s […]

July 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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