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Tim James: The contents of your wine glass reconsidered

xTurning my eyes from an array of online wine-business ugliness, I’ve been reading Wine and Place, a “terroir reader” largely composed of extracts furthering...

Tim James: The launch of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective

Stellenbosch is unquestionably South Africa’s most important wine region: along (probably, these days) with the Swartland it’s the best known internationally, and it’s by...

Tim James: A visit to Lismore

Greyton is a long way from the heart of the Cape winelands. It’s actually a long way from anywhere. But it’s a famously delightful,...

Tim James: Boekenhoutskloof moves into the Hemel-en-Aarde

There’s nothing that Marc Kent – effectively the MD of Boekenhoutskloof, whatever his actual title, if any – nothing he loves more than a...

Tim James: The changing shape of the Cape vineyard this century

I’ve been pondering what’s been happening to the shape of the Cape’s vineyard in the 21st century. Not the rather significant overall annual decline...

Tim James: Highs and lows of the CWG Auction wines

No Badenhorst wine on the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction this year, more’s the pity: a light, fresh cinsaut would have gone some way to...

Tim James: Who are the Cape’s best winemakers – and why?

New World wine producers used to be lashed by lovers of the Old for being mere winemakers (there’s not even a French translation for...

Tim James: An alternative take on the Solms-Delta saga

Solms-Delta has been in financial trouble for some time now, to the dismay of many wine lovers seeking something unreservedly positive on the social...