Category: Focus/Fokus

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 …

South Africa has come a long way since it re-entered the democratic world some 24 years ago, as has its wine industry which today is flourishing as winemakers continue to test the limits of its terroir. One of the results of its new found freedom was exploration, the results of which are only now be …

Uruguay is a traditional South America’s wine producer. The country is about the size of England (not the UK), with a mere 3,4 million inhabitants. Its capital, Montevideo (with nearly half the population) lies on the Rio del Plata, across from Buenos Aires. Most Uruguayan men drink “mate” (a hot dr …

Why the “lesser” Cabernet has more to say

Cabernet Franc continues to surprise wine lovers with its profound potential. Will it create the next collectible craze? Let’s look at it more deeply. Cabernet Franc is the parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex reds result from it with aromas of raspberry, bramble and bell pepp …

Some of the most bizarre flavors found in wine

If wine tasted only like flowers and fruit, it wouldn’t be as awesome as it is. See the most bizarre wine flavors below and find out what wines have them. Walnut An aroma commonly found in aged Madeira wines, particularly Malmsey and Bual. Banana An aroma that comes from a winemaking process called …

The big secret about pinot!

Having just spent time in Burgundy, France, sampling some of their superb pinot noir offerings, I decided to find out more about one of the “parents” of our very own pinotage. And then I discovered this interesting article on pinot. Pinot is a little bit misunderstood. Recent findings have shown tha …

Georgia, 8 000 vintages later!

The country of Georgia has produced wine for more than 8,000 vintages! While spending a recent week there, it was easy to see how deeply embedded wine is in the nation’s culture. More than 500 native grape varieties exist and their production methodologies are distinct. At first blush, that makes it …

In 1935 is die groothandel-wynprodusent Stellenbosch Farmers Winery (SFW), oftewel Stellenbosch Boere-Wynmakery (SBW), gestig deur ’n Amerikaanse dokter, ene William Charles Winshaw. Saam met ene Krige Jnr, wie se pa ’n deel van die plaas Libertas langs die noordelike oewer van die Eersterivier in S …

Wyn in ’n glasbottel het so alledaags geraak dat ons nie eintlik meer daaroor wonder nie. Hulle kom in verskillende vorms en groottes, en dikwels ook in verskillede kleure. Jip, wyn kom ook in papsakke en bokse, maar ’n glasbottel sal altyd voorkeur geniet by kieskeurige wynliefhebbers. Glas is natu …

Orange wine is a bit of a misnomer. It is not wine made with oranges, nor is it a Mimosa cocktail (a blend of 1 part orange juice to 2 parts sparkling wine.) Orange wine is something entirely different. What is orange wine? Orange wine is a type of wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in c …

Pieter Ferreira: A South African wine legend!

“Bubbles have consumed my life,” says Pieter Ferreira. It’s not an overstatement. Widely known as Mr Bubbles, Graham Beck’s cellar master has been “on the bubble” for 30 vintages.   As chairman of the Cap Classique Association and the driving force behind South Africa’s most famous bottle-ferme …

How to choose the right wine glass

You can drink wine from whatever vessel you want, be it a wine glass, coffee mug, mason jar or dixie cup. Heck, you can ditch the glass altogether and drink straight from the bottle! If you’re drinking to get sloshed, it doesn’t really matter. That said, if you’re trying to taste your wine, then cer …

What is natural wine really?

If you’re even slightly into wine, you’ve probably heard about natural wine. Natural wine is the unfiltered, untamed, un-photoshopped version of what we know to be wine. In most cases, natural wine doesn’t look or taste like a typical wine. In fact, some natural wines taste more like a sour beer or …