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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...

Tim James: The top 20 South African wineries

A compilation like this must inevitably be controversial. But it helped make the 27 panellists think hard (and even with some light anguish, by...

Tim James: The Top Five South African Wineries

A poll of 27 selected wine professionals has put Sadie Family Wines way ahead as South Africa’s top winery. The last time a similar...

Tim James: More on the history of grape varieties in the...

I was too cursory in wrapping up my whizz through the history of Cape winegrape-planting with just a few sentences about the big changes...