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Tim James: The Unlamented Disappearance of Raisin Blanc

One could do worse than take the grape variety raisin blanc as a bellwether, a trend indicator, of what’s happened to South African wine...

Tim James: Enthusing about Donkiesbaai

Google for Donkin Bay and you get surfer’s news: apparently it’s “an exposed reef and point break that has quite consistent surf”. Google for...

Tim James: The styles of Cabernet Franc

The first Cape winery to offer a wine made solely from cabernet franc was Landskroon, it seems, with a 1983. The grape had been...

Tim James: Highs and Lows of the Swartland Heritage Festival

The Swartland Heritage Festival, organised by the dynamic Swartland Independent Producers organisation, was held in the seaside village of Paternoster last Friday and Saturday...

Tim James: In Praise of Triumphant Kanonkop

Marie Krige, wife of Johan Krige who’s joint owner of Kanonkop Estate, has been up at six a few mornings this week, preparing sweet-potatoes,...

Tim James: Sampling the Cape’s “Orange Wines”

A tasting - organised by Angela Lloyd with reportedly enthusiastic cooperation from producers - of 29 local white wines with a significant “skin-contact” component...

Tim James: Fifty Shades of Pink – On wine colour

Many years back, when I was receiving instruction from the Cape Wine Academy about how to taste wine (and, by the prevailing logic, therefore...

Tim James: SA’s top newish wineries

I confess I’m feeling a touch weary of thinking about lists of South Africa’s best wineries (and not because of the few trolls who...