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Tim James

Tim James

    The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
    The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
    The 20 years since South Africa's first democratic elections have been momentous for the country's wine industry. Over the years, Cape wine...
    Wine of the week: Fairview Nurok
    Wine of the week: Fairview Nurok
    Fairview Nurok 2012 R95
    By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
    By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
    According to winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia, tiramisu – that sweetly soft staple of ristorante and trattoria – originated as a sort of Red...
    SA's better brandies punch above their weight
    SA's better brandies punch above their weight
    A recent visit to London reminded me how much South African wine lovers have to be grateful for – and how much they have to regret. For those...
    Companionable blends satisfy taste and pocket
    Companionable blends satisfy taste and pocket
    Some kilometres outside Paarl, if you're driving to Cape Town on the N1, a rather stately procession of electricity pylons crosses the...
    Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine
    Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine
    It was a long and wet winter in the Cape winelands. Grape growers grudgingly admit to being pleased about full dams and water-packed soils. Being...
    Ambition and grace
    Ambition and grace
    In English there's the distinction, which is sometimes an advantage – but not always, for ambiguity can have much in its favour.
    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 as "obsession" – clearly the creature is a...
    Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
    Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
    Then, in the fateful 1970s, picked up and taken home by the urbane rich, educated out of its rustic manners and dressed in designer bottles, grappa...
    Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
    Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
     In wine, as in most things, "I don't know much about it but I know what I like" is pretty near unanswerable, except with a...
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    About time. This prestigious annual event, which began over 30 years ago as, primarily, a showcase for experimental, ambitious wines, has had...
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
    About time. This prestigious annual event, which began over 30 years ago as, primarily, a showcase for experimental, ambitious wines, has had...