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Tim James: On Rosé

Rosé still seems to rate as an international success story. In Britain, apparently, summer sales have been boosted by the popularity of a drink...

Tim James: More on 19th century wine labels

Here are three more examples from the small collection of late 19th century labels bought by Hennie Taljaard from an American dealer – I...

Tim James: Reflections on this year’s Veritas Awards ceremony

Some things need to be done, whatever one’s trepidations, at least once in a lifetime. For many years I’ve sent my regretful declines in...

Tim James: Two 19th Century Constantia labels considered

We’re so accustomed to paper labels on bottles these days (perhaps port and madeira are the only mainstream wines where some bottles still have...

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of...

Let me start with a generalised conclusion - one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend...

Tim James: Parow brandy reviewed

South African brandy is excellent stuff, but it’s suffering, with steadily declining sales. By 2012, whisky (rising in popularity, like rum at a lower...

Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much...

Tim James: On the Mullineux single terroir wines

The currently available Mullineux 2015 Syrah is surely – and I’m not the only one of this opinion – the best ever of this...