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Tim James: On SA Pinot Noir

Pinot noir day? Says who? I don’t know, but it’s somehow agreed by enough people that tomorrow is it: 18 August. So, as with...

Tim James: On the new Lourensford flagship wines

Business magnates don’t always make the right decisions – or appoint the right people to do so – when it comes to their wine...

Tim James: Dithering about Cinsaut and Cinsault

Before anyone bitterly accuses me of being unable to write anything without mentioning cinsaut let me admit that it’s occupied more than its fair...

Tim James: On sweet wine

Gottfried Mocke (reinventor of Chamonix as a fine wine producer and now winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof) last week presented his Cape Winemakers Guild colleagues and...

Tim James: On “Mediterranean” Blends with Cinsaut

It’s been mentioned on Winemag more than once that the number of Cape cinsauts has grown year on year – most of them on...

Tim James: On Humorous Labels

There aren’t many genuinely humorous wine labels that I can think of – some that are jokey, perhaps, in a calculated, advertising-agency or too-cute...

Tim James: On the Sadie New Releases (Part 2 – Ouwingerdreeks)

“2017 comes with much turmoil”, Eben Sadie announced at his latest trade tasting release. (I wrote here about the 2016 Columella and Palladius simultaneously...

Tim James: On the Sadie new releases (Part1)

“My new life is in the vineyards”, said Eben Sadie at a recent trade tasting of his new releases – the two signature blends...