Baie van die tydlose Stellenbosse cabernet sauvignons van die 50s, 60s en 70s het ’n geheime bestanddeel gedeel. Cinsault is in hierdie wyne versteek, sonder enige vermelding op die etiket, en het die elegansie en parfuumgeure aan dié klassieke Kaapse wyne verleen. Ongelukkig is hierdie edel rooi ku …

Franschhoek skud vere reg vir Summer Wines

Vier die somer in styl, en in elegante wit, op die seisoen se gewildste “tuinparty” terwyl jy jou verlustig aan wyne uit die Franschhoek-vallei wat die “seisoen van son” verpersoonlik. Die geleentheid is die jaarlikse Franschhoek Summer Wines wat op Saterdag, 2 Februarie, op die natuurskone Leopard’ …

Understanding where aromas in wine come from

A lot of us have done this. Holding up a glass of wine to our nose and smelling the Pandora’s box of different wine aromas and wondering where these aromas come from? Are there lemons and lime in my Pinot Grigio, and have they put plums and raspberries in my Merlot? Wine is only made from one ingred …

Watter wyn sal met Indiese kerrie werk?

Almal het ‘n gunsteling-kerriegereg! Om jou gunsteling met ’n gepaste wyn te geniet, kan egter ’n uitdaging wees. Die speseryagtige geure van Indiese kos vind nie maklik pasmaats by rooiwyn nie, hoewel die ligter styl Beaujolais (van gamay-druiwe uit Boergondië in Frankryk), rooies uit die Loire-val …

What are tannins and how do they effect aging?

  Wine is one of the most diverse products out there. Not only are there reds and whites (and rosés and sparkling varieties), but each wine also has a constellation of flavors and characteristics. Dry, sweet, full-bodied, light, and notes of just about anything you can imagine (apple and tobacc …

Februarie is oestyd in die wynlande en die perfekte tyd vir vate vol pret vir die hele gesin by Grande Provence se jaarlikse Oesfees wat vanjaar op Saterdag, 23 Februarie, buite Franschhoek aangebied word. Maak gereed vir ‘n dag van druiwepluk en -trap vir oud en jonk teen die maat van die Kaapse Kl …

Pinot Noir, ‘the most romantic of wines’

The name pinot noir is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the B …

As one of South Africa’s leading port producers, De Krans Private Cellar’s commitment to producing a world class product has yet again been acknowledged by the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications which saw the award-winning Klein Karoo estate being recognized as one of the two most succe …

SA wyne maak stem dik op internasionale verhoog!

Onder die 149 platinum-toekennings wat op die jongste Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) uitgedeel is, het 5 aan Suid-Afrikaanse wynprodusente gegaan, terwyl Suid-Afrika 28 goue medaljes, 244 silwer medaljes en 276 brons medaljes ingepalm het. Om die kroon te span, is ‘n Best in Show-medalje gewen de …

Brazilian sparkling wines make a summer splash

I don’t see nearly enough sparkling wine from Brazil on restaurant menus and in retail shops. It makes sense, really, since the industry did not begin making strides in foreign markets until the 1990s. Brazil’s wine industry is nascent, relatively speaking. And while the focus of this article is on …

“Soms het jy nie woorde nodig om beter te voel nie, net die nabyheid en liefde van ‘n hond.” En Saartjie die Jack Russell is naby genoeg om jou daai “liefde” te bied, al is dit in ’n bottel! Saartjie is die “skaduwee” van Hillcrest se wynmaker, Arno Smith, en haar naam pronk met trots op ’n baie gew …

Smelling the cork after opening a bottle can seem like a relic of the past, but you’re making a huge mistake if you skip this step in evaluating wine. Chances are, when you’ve ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant, the server presented you with the cork. What should happen next is a source of som …

Pfalz: The must-visit wine region full of surprises

Pfalz is about embracing the juxtaposition of modernity and tradition. I spent my first afternoon in this region strolling through the quaint village of Deidesheim. It is classic Germany – storybook houses, window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers, and a welcoming fountain surrounded by cafes …