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Tim James: How best to think about “natural wine”?

I realised I should say a little more about “natural wine” than I did in my last piece, in which I was mostly concerned...

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: 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...

Tim James: Highs and Lows of the Swartland Heritage Festival

The Swartland Heritage Festival, organised by the dynamic Swartland Independent Producers organisation, was held in the seaside village of Paternoster last Friday and Saturday...

Tim James: Sampling the Cape’s “Orange Wines”

A tasting - organised by Angela Lloyd with reportedly enthusiastic cooperation from producers - of 29 local white wines with a significant “skin-contact” component...

Tim James: Fifty Shades of Pink – On wine colour

Many years back, when I was receiving instruction from the Cape Wine Academy about how to taste wine (and, by the prevailing logic, therefore...