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Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that...

Some insights from the HelloMerlot workshop

  On Friday, a workshop organized by the Merlot Forum or HelloMerlot as this producer body will be known going forwards. Guest speaker was Olivier...

Tim James: The wines of Arcangeli Vineyards

You couldn’t call Krige Visser a Young Gun – not with that splendid full grey beard (acquired fairly recently - since I last met...

Michael Fridjhon: Sommeliers and the state of restaurant wine service in...

Ten years ago the word “sommelier” did not exist in the active vocabulary of any but the most wine-literate of South Africans. “Wine steward”...

Rock cod curry, dry white wine and the future of Distell

Getaway.co.za refers to Tofo in Mozambique as a “little South African Ibiza”. Luckily, our recently holiday there was out of season which meant we...

Tim James: Deconstructing terroir – the roles of place, soil and...

Ambitious producers can’t talk long about their wines without sliding in some reference to terroir, or sense of place. But they can mean very...

Marthélize Tredoux: Can SA wine’s image be fixed?

I like the term “truth bomb”. Dropping a truth bomb is so deliciously satisfying. It should completely floor  everyone within the blast radius with...

Tim James: On conceptions of luxury and their relevance to wine

What is gastronomic luxury? In a recent column in the World of Fine Wine, the thoughtful British food writer Francis Percival talks about “two...