Author: Johann Crafford

Die bekende en bekroonde Tokara-landgoed buite Stellenbosch vier die 50ste bestaansjaar van Cap Classique met sy 2013 blancs de blancs wat dubbelgoud in Frankryk los geslaan het. Hierdie uitmuntende sjampanje het nie minder nie as 93 uit ’n moontlike 100 punte verdien op die jongste Gilbert & Ga …

What winemakers don’t tell about their craft

The role of winemaker is romanticized. It conjures up images of daily wine tastings, schmoozing with VIPs and tranquil vineyards. But the truth is that winemakers deal with a lot of variables and uncertainty to produce the wine in your glass. So, let’s talk about what winemakers don’t tell us about …

Van proeflees tot wynmaak!

Met die eerste oogopslag lyk dit na ’n onwaarskynlike sprong. Hoe kan ’n proefleser, oorspronklik van Klerksdorp in die noorde van die land, by die Kaap se mees bekroonde wynkelder eindig as wynmaker? Vra maar net vir Zinaschke Steyn (33) wat pas as Nederburg se nuwe rooiwynmaker aangestel is. Eintl …

Few things are as exciting as the come-from-behind winner, the one you didn’t expect – the dark horse. In that spirit, these red wines from the mainland of Southern Italy aren’t well-known, but once you’ve tried them, you just might give them the crown. This region is where Greek and Phoenician trad …

Bevredig jou “wanderlust” vir ’n Mediterreense avontuur by die Terra del Capo Antipasto Bar op Anthonij Rupert Wyne in die natuurskone Franschhoek-vallei waar die “geheime seisoen” gevier kan word met ’n watertand-winterspyskaart. Die spyskaart se fokus – eg Italiaans in alle aspekte – val op geur, …

Gamay, die held van Beaujolais!

Al ooit gewonder oor die “old Beaujolais wine” waarna die sanger Gary Moore in sy gewilde Blues-liedjie, Parisienne Walkways, verwys? “I remember Paris in ‘49 The Champs-Élysées, Saint Michelle and old Beaujolais wine And I recall that you were mine In those Parisienne days …” Wel, Beaujolais is die …

The popular 1970s John Denver song “Take me home, country roads” is definitely resonating with many South Africans at present as they ponder their plight under lockdown. How to get rid of cabin fever? It’s as easy as getting into your car and driving to the picturesque towns of Paarl (pictured above …

“Port, like the rising sun, possession gains, And drives the mist of dullness from the brains, The gloomy vapour from the spirit flies, And views of gaiety and gladness rise.” – Onbekend.  Portwyne is nie net tot die koue maande beperk nie! Inteendeel, dis “gebottelde poësie” wat regdeur die jaar ge …

Chenin blanc may well be the most underrated white wine grape in the world. It makes wines high in acidity that generally take a while to unfurl and show their mettle. But with time in the bottle, the wines can hold their own with the finest white wines in the world and, crucially, continue to impro …