It’s an elegant, cool-climate, New World wine with Old World charm, and it’s just struck gold with sommeliers in the UK. The Sommelier Wine Awards, the only wine competition in the UK focused exclusively on wines for the hospitality trade, awarded the Elgin Vintners Syrah 2017 with one of their high …

Bonnievale Wines in die Breëriviervallei, reeds bekend vir sy wynmaakspan se passie en die gehalte van sy wyne, het laasgenoemde weer eens bevestig met twee wyne wat puik presteer het in die Gilbert & Gaillard International Awards in Frankryk. Die bekroonde wyne, wat met Bonnievale Wines se mond …

“Ons doel by Flagstone is om wyn te maak wat hulde bring aan die 360-jarige wynmaakerfenis van Suid-Afrika, pragtige wyne wat die smaakkliere laat dans van plesier,” sê Gerhard Swart, hoof-wynmaker by Accolade Wines SA, die eienaar van die Flagstone-handelsmerk. Wel, met sy jongste bekendstelling, d …

Winter has arrived in full swing and with it comes the urge to cozy up and indulge in a few comforts. Two of my favourite winter comforts in the Boland are steamy baked puddings and fortified wines. But if I can combine the two, I’m in heaven. I’ve seen quite a few recipes for baked puddings with Ca …

Buite die Loire in Frankryk moet cabernet franc dikwels tweede viool speel teenoor cabernet sauvignon, maar hierdie ligte, vars en sappige druif bewys sy veelsydigheid al hoe meer in uitmuntende wyne van sover as Argentinië en Suid-Afrika. Cabernet franc het lank gelede reeds vir homself naam gemaak …

How red wine is made

Wineries make red wine today much the same way they did 6,000 years ago in Greece and Persia. Dark-coloured grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented, stirred and separated from the skins by a press. Voila! Red wine. Better containers, presses and cellars have increased quality and efficiency of red …

The Pros and Cons of Different Wine Closures

At Penfolds, one of Australia’s most well-known wine brands, the bottling line is an elaborate operation, especially its final stage: the seal. While its white wine range is closed with screw caps, the reds receive different stoppers based on where they are exported. In Australia, the majority of Pe …

Is England the next big sparkling wine region?

In the United Kingdom and Europe, English sparkling wine is taking wine shelves, newspaper columns and wine enthusiasts by storm. So much so that I accompanied two of my corporate clients to the picturesque Surrey and Hampshire vineyards in the south of England last year. In previous years they had …

A perfectly preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor has been discovered near the northern Italian city of Verona. Archaeologists were astonished by the find as it came almost a century after the remains of a villa, believed to date to the 3rd century AD, were unearthed in a hilly area above the town of …

Ek word gereeld gevra om wyn aan te beveel, iets waarvan ek nie juis hou nie aangesien smaak baie persoonlik en subjektief is. En ek’s geen wynkenner nie, net ‘n passievolle wynliefhebber. Sulke tye vertel ek mense graag wat oom Ronnie Melck van Muratie-faam se antwoord dekades gelede was op die vra …

Malbec het sy eie wêreldwye viering. So ook sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, pinotage en vele ander kultivars. En chardonnay het pas sy eie gehad. Dis goed om ’n dag opsy te sit vir die viering van die vrug van die druif, die nektar van die gode. Dis egter beter om dit elke dag te doen … verantwoordel …

Of Germany’s 13 regions for quality winemaking, the Mosel may be the most renowned. Known for age-worthy riesling and terraced vineyards along the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer rivers, the Mosel has produced memorable, important wines for centuries. Near Germany’s border with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Mos …