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Tim James: Deconstructing terroir – the roles of place, soil and...

Ambitious producers can’t talk long about their wines without sliding in some reference to terroir, or sense of place. But they can mean very...

Tim James: On conceptions of luxury and their relevance to wine

What is gastronomic luxury? In a recent column in the World of Fine Wine, the thoughtful British food writer Francis Percival talks about “two...

Tim James: Looking for terroir in the Douro

This century has seen an accelerated move towards specificity in wine everywhere. It’s been very obvious in the Cape, not least: mostly in terms...

Tim James: Bursting Bubbles – book review

More years ago than I like to remember, to celebrate my 21st birthday, I bought half a dozen bottles of a local sparkling wine...

Tim James: On Port and the joys of travel

At the risk of sounding really stupid (”what did this guy think?!”) - it's taken my first trip to the Douro region of Portugal...

Tim James: Kloovenburg on the up

Larger wineries are important to the stability and continuity of a region. Much of the excitement of Swartland wine this century has been generated...

Tim James: Who makes SA’s best wines?

It’s widely – if not universally – agreed that the Cape’s white wines are on the whole superior to the reds. But I started...

Tim James: Shifts in the national vineyard

Could Robertson soon become known as the Valley of Wine, Roses and Lemons? A wine-producer from the area was telling me recently that Robertson...
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