Category: Focus/Fokus

How red wine is made

Wineries make red wine today much the same way they did 6,000 years ago in Greece and Persia. Dark-coloured grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented, stirred and separated from the skins by a press. Voila! Red wine. Better containers, presses and cellars have increased quality and efficiency of red …

The Pros and Cons of Different Wine Closures

At Penfolds, one of Australia’s most well-known wine brands, the bottling line is an elaborate operation, especially its final stage: the seal. While its white wine range is closed with screw caps, the reds receive different stoppers based on where they are exported. In Australia, the majority of Pe …

Malbec het sy eie wêreldwye viering. So ook sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, pinotage en vele ander kultivars. En chardonnay het pas sy eie gehad. Dis goed om ’n dag opsy te sit vir die viering van die vrug van die druif, die nektar van die gode. Dis egter beter om dit elke dag te doen … verantwoordel …

Of Germany’s 13 regions for quality winemaking, the Mosel may be the most renowned. Known for age-worthy riesling and terraced vineyards along the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer rivers, the Mosel has produced memorable, important wines for centuries. Near Germany’s border with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Mos …

How sparkling wine is made

It’s hard to believe, but effervescence in wine was not always considered a good thing. For centuries, Old World winemakers in cool regions struggled with bottles that would re-ferment when hot, which would create unintentional bubbles. But during the 17th century, French winemakers began to harness …

What’s the oldest kind of wine still in modern production? If you answered Commandaria, I’m impressed. I had never heard of such wines until a few weeks ago when I attended a Smithsonian Resident Associates lecture about the cuisine of Cyprus. Commandaria is a sweet dessert wine with a dark amber to …

Soave: Die Wit Juweel van die Veneto

Die Veneto-streek in die noordooste van Italië is die tuiste van sommige van dié land se beste rooiwyne. Die streek strek van die Dolomietberge tot by die Adriatiese See. Wynliefhebbers weet uiteraard van Amarone, en in ’n mindere mate van Valpolicella, en van die baie gewilde Valpolicella Ripasso, …

What is a Cru?

French wine labels can be incredibly confusing. The labels indicate the region where a wine was produced, but not always the grapes used. For instance, the words “Grand” and “Premier” are used a lot, but even though premier means first in French, grand usually appears on the better wine. And then th …

So you think you’re a wine expert!

If you are reading this, there is a 99.9% chance that you are a wine lover. This means that all of your friends know about your passion for wine, right? Right! But how much do you REALLY know about wine? Can you answer all of the following wine-related questions correctly? Don’t worry if you can’t, …

Pinot noir is the 10th most planted wine grape variety in the world. Wines made with pinot noir have cultivated a massive following of hardcore wine enthusiasts. Average prices for pinot noir tend to be higher than other grapes. So what is it about this grape that is so darn special to enthusiasts? …

Carménère: Meer as net ’n versnitkultivar

Carménère is ’n wyndruifkultivar wat oorspronklik in die Médoc-streek van Bordeaux in Frankryk geplant is. Dis gebruik om diep rooiwyne te skep en soms ook aangewend in versnitte nes petit verdot. Carménère is lid van die cabernet-familie. Die naam is afgelei van die Franse woord vir karmosynrooi, c …

In his 2019 South African Report, Tim Atkin MW singled out chardonnay, chenin blanc, cinsault and syrah for special praise, all of which are established varieties in the Cape, but he also highlighted the “enormous potential” of albariño, agiorgitiko, assyrtiko, furmint, grenache blanc, grenache noir …

Why old vine wines are so special

In all the winelands of the world, old vines get proudly mentioned on labels, and in many languages. Such is the value accorded to old vineyards and the wines they produce. But only in one country, South Africa, is it possible for that claim to be certified by the regulatory authority. Here, members …