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Tim James: What’s really happening in Cape wine these days?

In the latest post on Grape.co.za, Tim James accuses two important critics, namely Michael Fridjhon and James Molesworth of "misunderstanding Cape wine." Fridjhon gets taken...

Tim James: A visit to Spioenkop

Koen Roose led me to a hilltop on his Spioenkop estate in Elgin. All around the vines were thrusting forth little fistfuls of bright...

Tim James: What makes a good tasting note?

Some years ago I had an enjoyable email correspondence with a Californian named Ian Joseph who objected (unfairly, of course!) to a tasting note...

Tim James: Exploring difference in Cape pinot

One of the great –and perhaps surprising – varietal successes of the Cape wine revolution of the past few decades has been pinot noir....

Tim James: Wine and language

English is a pretty bastard language – only about a third of its current word-hoard is derived from the original Anglo-Saxon, and much of...

Tim James: Cape white blends – what’s in a name?

“Excuse me, what is a ‘Mediterranean White Blend’?” piped up an Australian voice at blind tasting of Cape Winemakers Guild last week? Good question...

Tim James: Some conclusions on completing tasting for Platter’s 2016

Soon, I hope, I shall soon return to my customary semi-idleness, with time to go to the occasional wine function or, more interestingly, to...

Tim James: Could great old names be rescued?

An almost inevitable topic came up for discussion among those attending the recent grand match between some old Cape stars and their international equivalents:...