Tim James Author

By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia

Tim James discovers the tale behind winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia's wines and grappas.

Wet winter yields wonderful summer wine

South Africa's white wine is getting far more acclamation than red wine receives locally and internationally.

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.

SA’s best wines on a Platter

The latest guide to South African wines might have some flaws, but it sets an international standard.

Simple shiraz blends make for drinking comfort

Shiraz-based blends that are not too complicated but fresh and delicious are my own "house red".

SA wines take a fair step in the ethical direction

The Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association announced last week that a sticker would be produced for wineries that passed its audit.

Bursting the bubble

What is it about bubbles that prompt so many people to forget that the wine containing them is often either acidic or insipid?

Judging top 100 is an exercise in futility

The first of this year's wine competitions announced its results last week and there have been the usual responses from the wine-chattering class.

Those weren’t the days in Franschhoek

The past is a foreign country peopled with incomprehensible beings. Or, in this case, it is different winelands from those we know and perhaps love.


Yeoville can police itself, thank you

In the Johannesburg suburb, neat queues are enforced, physical distances maintained and fights stopped by its community policing forum

Worship during lockdown – in a different way

The bishop uses WhatsApp to share scripture readings, and prayers and comments with all his congregants during the lockdown

Slice of life: ‘People have more compassion’

You know, this coronavirus thing, I just feel, if South Africans can stick together, we’ll get through this

Press Releases

Rahima Moosa Hospital nursing college introduces no-touch facial recognition access system

The new system allows the hospital to enrol people’s faces immediately, using artificial intelligence, and integrates easily with existing access control infrastructure, including card readers and biometrics

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world