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Tim James: Torres Viña Sol – delicious and different

Luckily for those of us wine lovers with pockets in which the exchange-rate rand is getting prohibitively light, there’s plenty of local stuff to...

Moderation required in the closure debate

The cork vs screwcap debate is in danger of becoming too polarised. During the recent Elgin White Wine Retrospective, a workshop convened by the...

Tim James: On the magic mountain that is Skurfberg

There are many wine-growing mountains in the Cape winelands, with the best-known names from Stellenbosch: Helderberg, Simonsberg and, perhaps, Schapenberg. All have something distinctive...

Tim James: Interview with Andrew Jefford

It’s nine years since Andrew Jefford – eminent British wine writer and critic – was last in South Africa. He’s just spent something over...

Why the Swartland Revolution works

The first session of the Swartland Revolution 2014 featured a presentation by 75-year-old Serge Hochar of famed Lebanese property Chateau Musar plus a tasting...

Interview: Francois van Zyl of Laibach

From the November issue of Business Day WANTED: For all Francois van Zyl’s constant wisecracks, he is a committed and highly competent winemaker who...

Tim James: Praise due to DeMorgenzon

I’ve been dredging the internet to no avail, unable to check my wholly fallible memory that it was Sydney Smith, the nineteenth-century English clergyman,...

Tim James: Fewer 5-Star wines in Platter’s – a necessary recalibration

So what are the surprises in this year’s list of Platter’s 5-star wines? Perhaps, firstly, that there are just 50 of them (plus one...
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