Category: Wine Views/Wynmenings

Smelling the cork after opening a bottle can seem like a relic of the past, but you’re making a huge mistake if you skip this step in evaluating wine. Chances are, when you’ve ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant, the server presented you with the cork. What should happen next is a source of som …

Hou op om hierdie 12 dinge oor wyn te sê!

Een of ander stadium op jou wynreis gaan jy op, sal ons maar sê, sekere mense afkom! Sekere mense wat sekere dinge kwyt raak oor wyn. Hulle gaan probeer verfynd voorkom, maar ons almal weet hoe hulle werklik voorkom. Laat hulle maar hul slimmighede kwyt raak. Kry hulle stilweg jammer en wees tevrede …

Die 10 Gebooie van Wyn!

Indien daar tien gebooie van wyn sou wees, wat sou hulle wees? Miskien volg jy reeds onwetend, of selfs wetend, die belangrikste beginsels van wyn. Kyk hierna en besluit self of jy die Tien Gebooie van Wyn nakom! Eer die wyn Waardeer waar die wyn vandaan kom. Deur dit te doen, sal jy ook jou smaakkl …

Where does pinot noir do best in SA?

Illustrating the ability of South African wineries to produce wines of true structure, while also highlighting the challenges of New World pinot noir, only a dozen of the 36 wines entered for the second Winemag Pinot Noir Report, in conjunction with Tonnelliere Saint Martin, scored 90/100 or more. T …

What kind of wine drinker are you?

Everyone has their own particular style. Below are the most common types of wine drinkers. Which one are you? The Luddite – Just say ‘no’ to screw caps The Luddite is unblushing in their love for the old way. Things like screwcaps, wine-in-a-box and fancy plastic aerators make The Luddite shiver in …

Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly comes into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time, which leaves one wondering … Why is wine and sex a thing? In 2009, an Italian research group published a study that showed a correlat …

Rosé has ‘jumped the shark’!

Hasn’t it? … back in 2007, rosé was not such a hot button topic. Its growth over the past eleven years is astounding. Nielsen reports that sales of still rosé have risen 65% since last year. Sparkling rosé sales jumped by 16%. The funny thing is, we can assume that prior to direct pressing, most all …

Regardless of how you found your way into wine, you’re here now! Thank goodness. Of course, wine drinking is very much a journey itself, and it’s quite likely that your wine palate will change over time. You’ve probably already experienced a “taste revolution” once in your life. For example, remembe …

We’re all a little bit different. While some of us believe a caramel latte is a defamation to espresso, others would rather shroud bitter coffee with warm milk. We might as well admit our tastes are different, to each their own or, as the French say, “à chacun son goût.” The flavors you like in othe …

When we ‘wine’ with purpose!

Most fairy tales have a happy ending, but there’s a wonderful story that unfolds every year in the middle of France, bringing wealth and riches to the poor every time it’s told. And, as if by magic, the bags of gold grow bigger with every telling. Are you sitting comfortably? Way back in 1440 the Ch …

Have a wine hangover? The following 8 steps might surprise you, but they will help you recover faster. Get back on track and start having a better day. Let’s take care of some of the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover including: The headaches The exhausted feeling The ‘my body is gross’ feeling The n …

Top 5 grapes to keep an eye out for

Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, the world’s leading international wine and spirits gathering. I’m sure that each one of the sixty-thousand visitors came away with their own impressions – but one thing is certain: if it’s happening in the wine world, it’s …

Distell se hoof-wynmaker, Niël Groenewald (bo), sê die 2018-oes, wat ongeveer twee weke later as vorige jare begin het, het gesonde druiwe van goeie gehalte gelewer, met die opbrengs sowat 30% laer as verlede jaar, maar dat opbrengste van streke verskil het.   “Die voortslepende droogte in die …

It still surprises me just how many people aren’t turned on to Chenin Blanc. When attempting to sing its praises, I often hear: “Do you mean Sauvignon Blanc?” No, I don’t mean Sauvy.­ I’m talking Chenin: the white wine that you should be considering for your glass and your cellar. While Chenin Blanc …

Stop saying these things about wine!

Sooner or later in your wine journey you’re going to come across, shall we say, certain people – certain people who say certain things. They may be going for refined, but we all know they’re coming off as something else. Let them say their piece, pity them quietly, and be content in taking the high …

Wine communication sucks!

There’s no sitting on the fence when it comes to respected wine marketer, commentator, and former advertising executive, Reka Haros. If you are up for the ride, she lays it out in no uncertain terms why, in her view, wine communications suck. Why we as an industry continue to be obsessed about wine …