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Tim James

Tim James

    The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
    The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
    As the reputation of Cape wines grow over the years, a panel of 29 has selected its top 20 winemakers from the celebrated region.
    Wine of the week: Fairview Nurok
    Wine of the week: Fairview Nurok
    Tim James reviews Cape Town's white blends of wine.
    By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
    By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
    Tim James discovers the tale behind winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia's wines and grappas.
    SA's better brandies punch above their weight
    SA's better brandies punch above their weight
    South Africa wins more than its share of titles such as "Best Brandy in the World" in international competitions.
    Companionable blends satisfy taste and pocket
    Companionable blends satisfy taste and pocket
    Joostenberg wines merge delicous red and white wine with modest prices.
    Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine
    Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine
    South Africa's white wine is getting far more acclamation than red wine receives locally and internationally.
    Ambition and grace
    Ambition and grace
    Last week, I visited a farm called Solitude. Or should Eenzaamheid be translated as "loneliness"?
    Obsession worms its way into pinot noir
    Obsession worms its way into pinot noir
    In his novel A Maggot, John Fowles gives an archaic meaning of his title word
    Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
    Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
    Grappa was once rough trade, the uncouth Italian peasant not fit to associate with the aristocratic grape spirit, cognac.
    Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
    Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
    Expertise in hedonic or aesthetic matters must always be trumped by personal taste.
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    A happy whiff of change wafts over the wines to be sold at the Cape Wine­makers’ Guild auction in ­October.