Category: Focus/Fokus

Ontdek Oostenryk se blaufränkisch

Blaufränkisch is ’n cabernet-liefhebber se beste vriend. Hy staan egter op sy eie voete en dis ’n goeie ding in vandag se wynklimaat. Geslagte lank het wynverbruikers getrou gebly aan dieselfde kultivars, maar tye verander, en so ook mense se behoeftes. Ons leef in ’n era wat ontdekking en verkennin …

It’s all about the oak!

One of the first things that comes to mind when a consumer envisions a winery is a huge stack of barrels. The amazing smell of wine-soaked oak with its toasty, warm wood scent is intoxicating. As a winemaker, I never get tired of it. It always smells good assuming that the winery is taking proper ca …

The secret’s out, Bolivia produces exciting wines!

Facing the titans of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Bolivia undoubtedly has a battle on its hands when it comes to export markets, but to be fair, wine has only been produced in Bolivia for 400 years or so! Almost all of Bolivia’s vineyards are located between 1 600 and 3 000 metres above sea level. I …

Tot ’n paar jaar gelede het ek nog nooit van godello gehoor nie, maar hierdie wit Spaanse kultivar het reeds sy pad na die VK gevind waar dit baie gewild is. Wat in godello se guns tel, is dat dit maklik is om uit te spreek, die wyn smaak lekker, en laat ons nou maar eerlik wees, dis lekker om vir o …

Why corks matter when storing wine

Want to start a wine cellar? Believe it or not, choosing the right bottle might be just as important as what’s inside. Let me explain the importance of bottle stoppers and aging wine. Corks seal a wine’s fate: Aging wine in natural versus synthetic closures Most foods are best as fresh as possible, …

Wat die kleur van rooiwyn vertel

Daar is ’n hele paar fassinerende en interessante dinge wat mens kan leer deur net na die kleur van wyn te kyk. Kom ons begin by rooiwyn. Waar kom die rooi kleur vandaan? Wel, dit kom van ’n pigment genaamd antosianien. Hierdie pigment is teenwoordig in baie ander vrugte, insluitende pruime, bloubes …

Zweigelt: Die rooiwyn vir witwyndrinkers!

Oostenryk se zweigelt is vandag geen vreemdeling meer op wynlyste nie. Sommeliers by van die gewildste restaurante en wynkroeë in groot stede is smoorverlief op Oostenryk se ligtende ster. Hoewel hierdie kultivar in net ’n paar ander plekke verbou word (soos Japan en Brits-Columbië), is dit absoluut …

Merlot, the ‘mercurial lover’ of Bordeaux!

It’s time to settle this once and for all, merlot is NOT a sub-par grape variety, and yes, you should be drinking it. After the “Sideways effect” of 2004, merlot went through some serious trauma, thanks to Paul Giamatti’s character’s snobby merlot-based remarks. However, merlot is responsible for ma …

A trip through the wines of Romania

If you haven’t had wines from Romania, you’re missing out. Big time! I know this is a bold statement, especially with so many amazing wines being produced worldwide today. But, with that being said, I am convinced that there should be room in our cellars for some good bottles of Fetească Neagră (Bla …

Believe it or not, but there’s wine in Bali!

Have you read the book or seen the movie Around the world in 80 days? Many of you have. But have you read the book Around the world in 80 wines? Probably not. Around the world in 80 wines by Mike Veseth was inspired by the Jules Verne novel. In his book Veseth takes the reader from Algeria to Portug …

Dis ’n Nuwe Wêreld-wyn, maar met ’n Ou Wêreld-oorsprong. Malbec het ontstaan uit die “huwelik” tussen die antieke kultivars  prunelard noire en magdalaine noire des charentes. Dis maklik om te vergeet dat hierdie Bordeaux-kultivar in Frankryk ontstaan het omdat meer as 75% van die wêreld se malbec v …

How South Africa gave chenin blanc a good name!

South Africa has long been the heartland of good chenin blanc. As with many grape varieties, you don’t get an idea of what chenin blanc is capable of if you buy the cheapest examples on the market. South Africa is the place to explore if you want to find out the grape’s true potential. I recently sp …

Decanting Wine: A Handy Guide for Best Results

The simple act of pouring wine and allowing it some “air time” actually improves the taste. But, how long should you wait? And does wine go bad if decanted too long? Here are some tips and tricks for decanting different types of wines. Red Wines– 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on style. White and …

Port-style Wines – Debunking the Myths

When one thinks of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo and the Swartland, there are few similarities apart from the fact that they’re both farming areas with a very similar dry and sunny climate that produce excellent wines. However, only a few know that the start of the port industry in Calitzdorp (now t …

Wyngeure: Wat is reg en wat is verkeerd?

Daar is goeie rede hoekom wynproeërs die wyn in hul glase in die rondte laat warrel voordat hulle hul neuse diep in die glas druk, met mening ruik voordat hulle ’n klein slukkie vat … en wat dan daarop volg. Mens se neus is glo die primêre bron van inligting oor die wyn wat geniet word, gevolg deur …