Category: Focus/Fokus

Elgin Vintners has been causing waves in the wine world since its inception in 2003. It started out as a collaboration between 6 top winemakers within the Elgin Valley who, together, created a range of premium wines in order to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of the area, its vineyards and it …

Baden: Duitsland se ‘pinot-paradys’

Die Duitse wynstreek Baden het talle stories te vertel. En dis beslis nie die stories waaraan mense gewoond is nie. Dit het ek gou agtergekom tydens my onlangse besoek. Maar eers, ’n bietjie oor Baden. Dit is Duitsland se mees suidelike streek, en die warmste. Switserland en Frankryk is in sig. Dieg …

Do tannins make wine taste better?

All wines have tannins, but some have a lot more than others. Tannins are naturally occurring polyphenols that are found in plants and trees. The tannins in wine come from the skins and seeds of grapes, as well as from exposure to wood barrels. Tannins don’t have a taste as much as they have a feel, …

Filtered versus Unfiltered Wine: Which is Better?

What are the pros and cons of filtered versus unfiltered wine? Well, let’s find out from an expert, German winemaker Kim Kirchhoff. Wine is not only a drink, but also a kind of play. It is a subject, a hobby people like to discuss or exchange their knowledge, thoughts and news on or about. And just …

Verdejo: Be wowed by one of Spain’s lesser-known players

This summer I’m trying to help you out of your seasonal drinking ruts. Consider Portuguese whites, soave and, of course, chenin blanc from South Africa as tips worthy of investigation. Today I turn my attention to Spain, and in particular towards Rueda and it’s mainstay variety, verdejo. Long a blen …

Grillo: Sicily’s answer to white wine!

One can travel all over Italy and still have no sense of Sicily, as Sicily is like no other place. It is probably one of the most diverse regions in Europe with not only a long history of a multitude of conquerors, but to this day, an evident openness to various cultures. This open attitude towards …

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 …