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Tim James: Pinotage on the up

These are good times for pinotage. Believe it or not, of the top ten most-planted wine grapes, pinotage is the only black one to...

Tim James: On the Barbarossa that isn’t a Barbarossa

One of the Cape’s most extraordinary wine-growing areas, and one of the most obscure, is inland from St Helena Bay on the Atlantic coast,...

Tim James: The pleasures of strong drink

This is perhaps a confession of something too close to addiction to be proudly proclaimed – but I daresay many readers of this website...

Tim James: On Ryan Mostert of Terracura and other labels

Last week, on the rainiest Cape Town day for a long time, Ryan Mostert was pouring his latest wines at a trade tasting in...

Tim James: Some observations on the Trophy Wine Show winners

There have already been some irritated comments on Winemag about the results of the Trophy Wine Show, pointing to some of the nonsenses that...

Tim James: On Dragonridge

Johan and Diana Simons’s Fynbos Estate is in one of the sprawling Paardeberg’s many kloofs – across a few high ridges from more lushly...

Tim James: Ernie Els Wines approaches two decades

When golfer Ernie Els teamed up with Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede for the first wine to be produced under his eponymous label,...

Tim James: SA wine and German aristocrats

The contribution of Germans to Cape winemaking is extraordinarily large – really, it needs to be properly researched and written up sometime. It started...