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Tim James: SA’s top newish wineries

I confess I’m feeling a touch weary of thinking about lists of South Africa’s best wineries (and not because of the few trolls who...

Tim James: The top 20 South African wineries

A compilation like this must inevitably be controversial. But it helped make the 26 panellists think hard (and even with some light anguish, by...

Tim James: The Top Five South African Wineries

A poll of 27 selected wine professionals has put Sadie Family Wines way ahead as South Africa’s top winery. The last time a similar...

Tim James: More on the history of grape varieties in the...

I was too cursory in wrapping up my whizz through the history of Cape winegrape-planting with just a few sentences about the big changes...

Tim James: Two restaurants, two winelists

Anna Trapido remarked in her review of Epicure that “In recent years South African diners have become accustomed to parsimonious restaurant wine lists. Two-page...

Tim James: History of grape varieties in the Cape

A question about the identity of a grape variety emerged from Joanne Gibson’s latest article on winemaking in the early Cape and I commented...

Tim James: Yet another observation on sighted/blind tasting

Talking of Tim Atkin and his high scores (we were, weren’t we?) ... I had the privilege of attending his tasting of 158 (of...

Tim James: A springtime visit to Botanica

Spring’s arrival has seemed rather more convincing in the Western Cape the last few days, with sunny skies and warm sunshine. The vineyards have...