Nuiba is nie net ’n woord nie, en ook nie net ’n wyn nie. Nuiba is ’n plek wat baie spesiale betekenis het vir die wynmaker Suzanne Coetzee (foto bo). Suzanne se liefde vir haar familieplaas in Namibië het in ’n passie vir wynmaak ontwikkel en uiteindelik gelei tot die skep van ’n boetiek-wynreeks m …

Seven wine faults and how to sniff them out!

As wine drinkers we consume a lot of flawed wine without even realizing it. Nothing to be ashamed of because most of us just don’t know what wine flaws are. The good news is, the majority of wine faults are not bad for us. They just taste bad. So, here’s a short primer on the most common flaws in wi …

Paarl vier parstyd met makietie vir hele gesin

Parstyd is `n spesiale tyd van die jaar in die Kaapse wynlande.  Elke jaar tussen Januarie en Maart word die wingerd se oes ingebring en begin die betowerende wynmaakproses.  Die Paarl-parsmakietie bied aan wynliefhebbers die kans om die reis van die druif van wingerd tot die bottel te volg. Op Sate …

The Nahe: The German wine region so often overlooked

Sometimes overlooked for its larger and better-known neighbors, the Nahe is leveraging its geological diversity to build a reputation in the global wine world as a region for distinctive, world-class wines. Situated about 45 minutes southwest of Frankfurt, the Nahe is named for the river that winds …

Mulderbosch het pas die 2018-oesjaar van sy gewilde Sauvignon Blanc bekend gestel. Dit is die 26ste oesjaar van hierdie wyn en ’n heuglike tuiskoms. Vorige oesjare van hierdie wyn is gemaak van druiwe uit ander streke, maar vir die 2018-oesjaar het hierdie Sauvignon Blanc terug gekeer na sy “tuiste” …

Is jy merlot of is jy syrah?

Is jy meer soos pinot noir of eerder syrah? Watter wynkultivar pas die beste by jou persoonlikheid? IS JY ’N EKSTROVERT?  BUIGSAAM, VERDRAAGSAAM, PRAGMATIES – Jy is malbec Jy is buigsaam en kan byna enigiets wat jou kant toe gegooi word, hanteer. Jy hou van onmiddellike oplossings vir werklike probl …

To age or not to age, that’s the question!

When you think of drinking wine at the appropriate age, what picture comes to mind? Usually it is a red wine. Maybe a decanter is involved? It’s a special occasion or with friends and family. However, not all wine is designed to age a long time. I have heard so many stories of people saving a bottle …

Stellenbosch Hills vier 30 jaar van Muscat de Hambourg

Stellenbosch Hills vier vanjaar ’n groot mylpaal met die bekendstelling van die jongste oesjaar van die Muscat de Hambourg, 30 jaar nadat dié bekroonde kelder hierdie heerlike dessertwyn vir die eerste keer gemaak het. Dit is Suid-Afrika se enigste kontemporêre weergawe wat as enkelkultivar gebottel …

A reverance for Georgian wines

Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a drink”, “just a grocery”. When it comes to serving whites at 42° F versus 47° F, matching wines to specific glasses and pairing Assyrtiko rather than Sauvignon Blanc with crudo, I agree. A winery in Georgia’s Kakheti region. However, I sug …

More off-the-beaten-track wine routes in South Africa

Most visitors to the Cape spend at least one day in the winelands. While most people have heard the likes of Durbanville, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, there are so many other wine routes that offer hidden gems that only true wine insiders know about. These lesser known routes are …

Nuwe Wild Yeast Syrah sluit by Survivor-kudde aan

Survivor, die wynreeks wat die geharde karakter van die inheemse Nguni-koei verteenwoordig, het pas sy eerste Wild Yeast Syrah bekend gestel. Overhex se Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 is ’n donker, volronde wyn met sappige lae viooltjies, braambessies en speserye, en lok met sagte, soepel tanniene. …

Why 750 ml?

Have you ever wondered why a standard bottle of wine is 750 ml? Well, it actually remains unknown precisely why, but one thing is sure, it has become the worldwide standard. A brief history helps understand how we got to this state. Glass wine bottles didn’t become widely available before the 19th c …

Niks lig ’n alledaagse maaltyd soos ’n puik sous nie. Souse gee gewone, pangebraaide hoender nuwe lewe, sit woema in oondgeroosterde of gebraaide vleis en maak van pasta ’n ervaring. Kokke gebruik dikwels wyn pleks van water om sous te maak weens die geur wat dit byvoeg. Wyn is reeds sedert die tyd …

Shiraz, Syrah, Petite Sirah: What’s in a name?

Shiraz. Syrah. Petite Sirah. These wines sound similar leaving people confused about the difference between the three of them. Syrah and Shiraz are the exact same grape, much like Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are also the same grape. So, whether you’re drinking a wine called Syrah or a wine called Sh …

Petite sirah: small berries, big wines!

Just when I thought wine was giving me a break, it surprised me (again!) by adding durif to my journey of discovery. It’s not that I’ve never heard of durif (or petite sirah), it’s just that I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing this bold red wine. Until Sunday at the home of Ayama wines in th …