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Tim James: The Joys of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc

With fashionable Swartland basing its white wine reputation on its treasure-house of old chenin and getting a lot of deserved attention for its varietal...

Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of...

Tim James: On the demise of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

One of the more pleasing things about South Africa’s generic marketing in the last decade has been the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (associated with...

Tim James: Older whites

A little adventure with older local white wines began with Steenberg Semillon 2010. Five years is not, however, elderly for a serious, oaked wine...

Tim James: Does wine feature in the perfect mustard?

I can’t be alone in never having (till recently, that is) wondered about the etymological and historical connection between “mustard” and “must”: on the...

Tim James: Cape Vintner Classification – a year or so on

Over a year ago – in December 2013 – a new association of Cape wine producers was formed: the Cape Vintner Classification (CVC). Most...

Tim James: On what constitutes a wine expert

The piece I wrote a week ago on Arendsig (and incidentally Robertson) received plenty of comment, some of it evidencing at least a bit...

Reyneke Reserve Red 2012

Another current-release Syrah which comes with meaningful endorsement behind it is the Reserve Red 2012 from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, founder of Grape.co.za Tim...
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