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Tim James: Food, mood and orange wine

The intricate game of pairing food and wine has never much appealed to me, let alone convinced me of its necessity. I have, however,...

Tim James: The rise of wine speculation in South Africa

The most obvious link between wine and art is not an aesthetic one, sadly, but a shared tangle of love, sensual enjoyment and money....

Tim James: Tasting 50 years of Pinotage at Meerendal

You realise how youthful, in some ways, the South African wine industry is when Meerendal can claim to be “one of only a handful...

Tim James: Hanging out with the Stellenbosch new-wave

I visited Bluegum Grove a few weeks back. It sounds like the name of Australian sunshine-in-a-bottle designed for a British supermarket but in fact,...

Tim James: The Van Loggerenberg and Craven new releases

I had thought that I wouldn’t write about last week’s Cape Town tasting of the new releases of Van Loggerenberg and Craven as I...

Tim James: Wines from 1991 (Portuguese) to 2019 (South Africa)

One of those wine days that come as a rare treat and privilege... Firstly a chance to learn something about the Portuguese coastal region...

Tim James: Personal observations on drinking less expensive wine

Having looked at sub-R100 wines over the last few months, fairly randomly selected from supermarket shelves, I am considering the wine I drink in...

Tim James: Semillon stars amongst some older Cape whites

As an older white myself, I know that the ageing process is not easy or gracious in all respects. It’s not always an entirely...