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Tim James

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

Tim James reviews Cape Town's white blends of wine.

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

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

Joostenberg wines merge delicous red and white wine with modest prices.

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

Last week, I visited a farm called Solitude. Or should Eenzaamheid be translated as "loneliness"?

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 was once rough trade, the uncouth Italian peasant not fit to associate with the aristocratic grape spirit, cognac.

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

A happy whiff of change wafts over the wines to be sold at the Cape Winemakers' Guild auction in October.

From pillar to host: A quest for good wine

Stellenrust makes great wines at good prices, one of which is a beautiful blonde with brains and personality.

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