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Tim James: Viniculture and Literature on a Saturday Evening in Suburbia

I love it when different interests mine of come together in some way – collide, merge, glare at each other, or whatever. It happened...

Tim James: The language(s) of labels

Following my piece some months ago about accuracy in what labels say about alcohol levels, I had an email from Peter May (the great...

Tim James: Carinus and the way forward for Cape wine

One can plausibly understand the development of South Africa as a quality wine producer by looking at the wine industry’s progressive movement away from...

Tim James: Drinking some older Cape whites

We’re inevitably still learning about how the wines of the Cape revolution are maturing (though no doubt we’re also drinking many of them too...

Tim James: Madeira then and now

If you were drinking Cape wine two centuries ago – whether in Cape Town or London – the chances are slight that it would...

Tim James: What to make of imported wine prices in SA?

Many South African wines are notably – sometimes substantially – less expensive at home than they are abroad and some at the top end...

Tim James: Cheaper Syrahs

As most serious wine lovers agree, Cape white wines are generally superior category to Cape reds, and this is particularly relevant at the lower...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines (Part 2)

A few years back Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah offered perhaps the most extraordinary price:quality ratio in Red Cape wine. Sadly for us, Reyneke’s prices have...