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Tim James: Does terroir matter?

A matter of wider interest emerged from my piece about the worrying state of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin structure, prompted by a Dutch...

Tim James: The impossible task of getting Stellenbosch’s wards properly delimited

Some quiz questions about South Africa’s most important wine region: How many wards are there in Stellenbosch? What proportion of Stellenbosch is demarcated into...

Tim James: Alternative red varieties – any bargains to be had?

It’s maybe not surprising that supermarkets offer little in the way of the lesser-known grape varieties. Presumably, the overwhelmingly large proportion of their wine...

Tim James: On the increasing difficulty of getting to know world’s...

At a recent lunch with an eminent English winewriter (at Cape Town’s Waterfront, before he set off with the bunch of British visitors whose...

Tim James: On the Story of Cape Chardonnay and a Few...

On reflection, I find myself a little shocked at how small a role chardonnay plays in my drinking life – more say than sauvignon...

Tim James: On canteen wine and papsak

Did you know that “papsak” was one of five South African words added to the august Oxford English Dictionary in 2015? Why it took...

Tim James: How much wine does SA import and are there...

For the vast majority of South Africans, this country meets all their wine-drinking needs. And why not, indeed, when what you’re wanting is a...

Tim James: On wine glasses

If you look carefully at the bottom left-hard corner of the photograph to the left (an inset of the original photo gives the context),...