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Tim James: Pinotage and chenin blanc at Radford Dale

One of the most undersung achievements in South African wine this century could well be Radford Dale: it’s not easy to think of many...

Tim James: Coming clean about subjectivities of taste

An interesting question was asked by a knowledgeable commentator in response to some recent notes and scores about older wines by Christian Eedes: “Is...

Tim James: Radford Dale and the “very bad and disloyal” gamay

If one can have feelings for a grape variety, gamay noir is one of the more serious candidates for your sympathy. Burgundy snobs will...

Tim James: The revolution in Stellenbosch Syrah

How Stellenbosch Syrah has changed over the past decade! I realised this particularly last night. I’d found a bottle of Quoin Rock Syrah 2008,...

Tim James: The fascination of field blends

There’s a wine in Tremayne Smith’s The Blacksmith range called, rather alarmingly, These Old Bones. It’s a truly complex, exciting and lovely wine, the...

Tim James: On the Old South African Wine Tasting 2019

Michael Fridjhon made a rather poignant remark at the end of Sunday afternoon’s old wines tasting which, as usual, prefaced the start of his...

Tim James: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride in

Death, Famine, War, and Conquest are not immediately cheerful concepts – and not names that your average drinker would happily find on winelabels. So,...

Tim James: Some thoughts on Cabernet Franc

In one of those nice coincidences, the evening before the winners of the Cabernet Franc Challenge were posted I had been drinking an older...