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Tim James: On the Difficulty of Describing Great Wine

I’m wondering why I find it easier to write about wines that I don’t much like than about those I love. The question is...

Tim James: On the Alheit Vineyards labels

There would be little point, I think, in my setting forth a series of notes and comments on the latest range of Alheit wines,...

Tim James: On the Momento Wines new releases

Three winemakers make wine for their own labels at the Gabriëlskloof cellar in the Overberg: Peter-Allan Finlayson makes the home-farm’s wines as well as...

Tim James: On Chenin Blanc from the Cape and the Loire

The latest edition of World of Fine Wine, just recently released, carries the results of a rare tasting of top-flight chenin blanc from around...

Tim James: On the Thorne & Daughters new releases

John Seccombe is a winemaker who tends to pick grapes fairly early for his Thorne & Daughters range. His wines inevitably give an impression...

Tim James: More on Cape wine’s increasing yields

A week ago, I whacked you with some statistics, showing that the Cape was producing ever-more wine from ever-fewer vines. I subsequently asked for...

Tim James: How seriously to take very light reds?

There’s a bit of debate around cinsaut these days, with the proliferation of bottlings alluded to by Christian in his recent article. Can one...

Tim James: On the paradox of more wine from fewer vines

For statistics junkies it’s that exciting time of year when Sawis issues its annual booklet of selected statistics. Now available on their website (along...