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Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially...

Tim James: Platter’s wineries of the year and their vineyards

Bruwer Raats made rather a good short speech on Friday evening, as he collected his certificate for Raats Family Wines as the Platter’s Wine...

Tim James: Are producers getting ahead of themselves when it comes...

It’s so often that we’re told how underpriced South African wine is, that it makes an interesting change to see a different viewpoint expressed...

Tim James: On Rosé

Rosé still seems to rate as an international success story. In Britain, apparently, summer sales have been boosted by the popularity of a drink...

Tim James: More on 19th century wine labels

Here are three more examples from the small collection of late 19th century labels bought by Hennie Taljaard from an American dealer – I...

Tim James: Reflections on this year’s Veritas Awards ceremony

Some things need to be done, whatever one’s trepidations, at least once in a lifetime. For many years I’ve sent my regretful declines in...

Tim James: Two 19th Century Constantia labels considered

We’re so accustomed to paper labels on bottles these days (perhaps port and madeira are the only mainstream wines where some bottles still have...

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of...

Let me start with a generalised conclusion - one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend...
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