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Tim James: Finding some good, modestly priced cabernets

And so to Woolworths and to cabernet sauvignon in my quest for wine under R100. Wine, that is, that we fussy types would find...

Tim James: On the significance of vintage variation

Notoriously, there’s a great deal that wine-labels don’t tell us – notably any of the allowed additives in the wine, from Ammonia to Yeast...

Tim James: Chenin blanc – high, middle and low

Chenin blanc has been at the core of the Cape wine revolution since 1994. No other grape can offer three crucial aspects of that...

Tim James: Be cool with reds

One of the great boons of the Cape wine revolution has been the remarkably increased availability of  lighter red wines over the past few...

Tim James: Looking for Bargains in Syrah

This week’s little adventure in the supermarket wine aisles took me to Pick n Pay in search of bargain-priced good quality red. I decided...

Tim James: Johan Meyer’s wines – fine, good or interesting?

What is fine wine? And good wine? Without reaching conclusions, I’ve been pondering this since I wrote recently about some (very drinkable) supermarket whites...

Tim James: It’s time for Stellenbosch cab to lighten up

It must be a long time since Stellenbosch saw an ambitious cabernet sauvignon released at around 12.5% alcohol. Not to mention the wine having...

Tim James: Surviving without alcohol

Am I observing the start of a deeply disconcerting trend in the wine industry? Or is it just the problematical time of year when...