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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...

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...

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...

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...

Tim James: On Ryan Mostert of Terracura and other labels

Last week, on the rainiest Cape Town day for a long time, Ryan Mostert was pouring his latest wines at a trade tasting in...

Tim James: Some observations on the Trophy Wine Show winners

There have already been some irritated comments on Winemag about the results of the Trophy Wine Show, pointing to some of the nonsenses that...

Tim James: On Dragonridge

Johan and Diana Simons’s Fynbos Estate is in one of the sprawling Paardeberg’s many kloofs – across a few high ridges from more lushly...

Tim James: Ernie Els Wines approaches two decades

When golfer Ernie Els teamed up with Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede for the first wine to be produced under his eponymous label,...