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Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part...

Twenty years ago, as the millennium approached, and the Cape wine revolution gathered momentum, the Lammershoek farm on the Paardeberg was still delivering its...

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part...

Why does South Africa have so few wineries? And does it matter? To answer the second question briefly: I think it matters a lot:...

Tim James: The four periods of SA wine history by variety

South Africa has been growing winegrapes for over 350 years without yet coming, as it were, to an firm conclusion, for there has been...

Tim James: On the importance of decent wine glasses

A hi-fi geek friend told me that the first thing anyone eager to improve their sound equipment should do is upgrade all the cabling,...

Tim James: More on the great Chardonnay scandal

Having last week mentioned the great chardonnay scandal of the 1980s (see here), it occurred to me that some people might like to know...

Tim James: On old-vine Chardonnay and SA’s murky wine history

There are remarkably few old chardonnay vines in the Cape. On her old-vine website, viticulturist Rosa Kruger lists just one block over 35 years...

Tim James: How a concrete egg hatched Silwervis

It began at the inaugural Swartland Revolution, the story of Silwervis wine, which you probably know of. The story continues into Avant Garde Wines...

Tim James: In praise of Grenache

Grenache – which if the wine world were fair we’d call garnacha, as it is a Spanish variety, though best known for its voluminous...