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Tim James: Some winelands myths debunked

Where do people find their strange ideas and fragments of historical misinformation? I daresay I have one or two cranky and mistaken notions of...

Tim James: Torres Viña Sol – delicious and different

Luckily for those of us wine lovers with pockets in which the exchange-rate rand is getting prohibitively light, there’s plenty of local stuff to...

Tim James: On the magic mountain that is Skurfberg

There are many wine-growing mountains in the Cape winelands, with the best-known names from Stellenbosch: Helderberg, Simonsberg and, perhaps, Schapenberg. All have something distinctive...

Tim James: Interview with Andrew Jefford

It’s nine years since Andrew Jefford – eminent British wine writer and critic – was last in South Africa. He’s just spent something over...

Tim James: Praise due to DeMorgenzon

I’ve been dredging the internet to no avail, unable to check my wholly fallible memory that it was Sydney Smith, the nineteenth-century English clergyman,...

Tim James: Fewer 5-Star wines in Platter’s – a necessary recalibration

So what are the surprises in this year’s list of Platter’s 5-star wines? Perhaps, firstly, that there are just 50 of them (plus one...

Tim James: On Belfield and Elgin’s potential for high-quality reds

When Paul Cluver Estate some years back ceased bottling their cabernet grapes under their own label – to concentrate on whites and pinot –...

Tim James: Cape Winemakers Guild membership scrutinised

This year’s Cape Winemakers Guild Auction is now done – very successfully, and with encouraging suggestions that there are a number of rich people...