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Tim James: Help Fight Sandmining in the Paardeberg

To many winelovers abroad and at home, the Paardeberg is the most famous Cape winelands mountain – even more so, perhaps, than Stellenbosch’s Helderberg...

Tim James: Alheit maiden vintages revisited

So established is the Alheit name in the elite of modern South African wine that it’s jolting to realise that the inaugural vintage of...

Tim James: On the practical difficulties of a wine collection

Buying wine is an expensive interest; storing it well is not cheap either. I don’t know how many bottles I have – usually somewhere...

Tim James: Boekenhoutskloof gears up

“Everything we do here is a creative act, the opposite of monolithic!” Thus Marc Kent, the man whose vision – even more than his...

Tim James: On Some Older Cape Reds

Having spoken about the white wines at  the latest of Michael Fridjhon’s annual old wines tasting, I should say something about the reds, as...

Tim James: On bubbly – Colmant in particular

Vintage champagne marks the peak of achievement for most champagne houses, typically made only from about four vintages each decade. The basic house brut,...

Tim James: On the launch of the Certified Heritage Vineyard seal

Last Thursday evening, winemaker Chris Alheit phoned André Morgenthal of the Old Vine Project and announced: “I want to join!” By midnight, he’d paid...

Tim James: On Winelands Fine Dining

For a while it was indubitably Stellenbosch, but Franschhoek is fighting to reclaim top ranking for grand eating in the Cape winelands. Not that...