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Tim James: The stylistic vagaries of SA Port-style wines

I’ve been thinking, rather unfashionably, about port. Rather unseasonably too, perhaps, as we move into spring and most people seem to associate drinking fortified...

Tim James: On Clairette Blanche

Let me start by digressing. I was browsing today through R.U. Kenney’s biography - more a hagiography, really - of Abraham Perold, and paused...

Tim James: On the continuing emergence of natural wines

It was the most unusual line-up I’ve experienced at one of the big final Platter’s tastings. (For those who don’t know, this event has...

Tim James: More on Portuguese varieties in SA

It was only in the 1990s that Portugal’s Douro region started to produce red table wines in a big way, using the varieties that...

Tim James: On the state of SA Chardonnay

It’s six years since Grant Dodd (Australian MD of Haskell) and Christian Eedes organised a tasting of Australian and South African chardonnays (see here...

Tim James: On Samuel Pepys and home blending

This is not at all what I intended to write about. In fact I had almost finished an earnest and highly enthusiastic little piece...

Tim James: On wine allocations

There are various ways of coping with a demand that exceeds supply. The basic method dictated by our splendid economic regime is, of course,...

Tim James: On Gabriëlskloof as a centre of excellence

When Chris and Suzaan Alheit shared their Hemel-en-Aarde cellar with Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, and more briefly with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters,...
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