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Tim James: Natural Wines and Complex Blends

A vineyard is not a natural thing: generally planted on prepared soils, often with artificial drainage, planted in rows with non-indigenous vines – themselves...

Tim James: Tasting out of barrel, terracotta pot and qvevri at...

From the origins of winemaking in Georgia to the modern wine revolution in the Western Cape is something over 8 000 kilometres – and...

Tim James: The Buzz of Vergelegen V 2004

Believe me, a profound satisfaction in my growing old (older, oldish – fairly soon I turn 64) is the realisation that I am not...

Tim James: 120 Years Since the Pest Phylloxera Came to Constantia

“The 26th November, 1898, will always remain a red-letter day in the history of Constantia”. So wrote JP de Waal, manager of the government...

Tim James: The Brilliant Project that is Testalonga

There are some producers – not very many – whose sudden absence would leave an irreparable hole in the fabric of the South African...

Tim James: The Unlamented Disappearance of Raisin Blanc

One could do worse than take the grape variety raisin blanc as a bellwether, a trend indicator, of what’s happened to South African wine...

Tim James: Enthusing about Donkiesbaai

Google for Donkin Bay and you get surfer’s news: apparently it’s “an exposed reef and point break that has quite consistent surf”. Google for...

Tim James: The styles of Cabernet Franc

The first Cape winery to offer a wine made solely from cabernet franc was Landskroon, it seems, with a 1983. The grape had been...