Tim James on wine

Café culture

Café culture

It seemed time to offer winelands scandal, or at least gossip, but it’s all too dubious, slanderous or dreary, so I’ve settled for the next best thing: pinotage. The next worst thing, for some: there are those who indeed find our national grape dramatic – but just can’t decide whether it’s a tragedy or a farce. A past scandal, of course, was when Vergelegen winemaker André van Rensburg pronounced pinotage “as untenable as child rape”. He’s still not much of a fan.

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