Category: Wine Views/Wynmenings

Do low-yield vines really make better wines?

Low-yielding vines might sound appealing to those who associate scarcity with desirability, but less isn’t always more in wine. Increasingly, scientists and winemakers say that each vineyard should be evaluated by its own range of attributes. These factors contribute to its ability to support low or …

Rules for visiting a wine tasting room

While the tasting room experience is commonplace for those of us who’ve lived in wine country for years and visit wineries often, it remains foreign territory for many others. Although even some of the more experienced tasting room visitors still need to be “educated”. Here are some tasting room “ho …

It’s time our wine language needs to change!

When one studies wine, one discovers that there’s a lot of emphasis placed on “wine vocabulary”. And one of the very first things you’re given, is a wine aroma wheel. If you’re unfamiliar with a wine aroma wheel, imagine a pie chart divided into slices that represent fragrances or flavours. An indus …

Wine and your sex drive!

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

In the documentary SOMM, Ian Cauble describes a wine’s smell as “freshly cut garden hose and freshly opened can of tennis balls.” It seems absolutely ridiculous to think that wine can smell like either of those things. Can it? It got me thinking… what are some of the most ridiculous words and phrase …

During the past decade, port-style wines have both managed to evolve in their versatility and expand their traditional styles. De Krans’ Cape Pink, which is used as a cocktail mixer, is an example of the first, while tweaking a Cape Vintage to produce a lovely and unique dessert wine called Espresso …

Variety is the spice of life! Is dit nie waar nie. Ewe waar is die feit dat wyn nie ’n bestemming is nie, maar eerder ’n wonderlike reis van ontdekking en verkenning. Sauvignon blanc is ’n wyn wat al die liefde verdien wat dit ontvang. Daar is egter meer as een wit kultivar wat jou eweveel sal laat …

How long can a bottle of wine stay open?

The question of how long you can keep an open bottle of wine before it’s past its prime elicits one of two answers: “What? Open bottles? You should drink the stuff!” Or: “Yes, I’ve often wondered!” Here’s a practical guide to know when it’s time to say when. Still Wine John Belsham, an international …

Looking for a wine that matches your more spiritual side? This list of wine zodiac signs offers a new way to pair wines to complement the stars. We’ve all been there: so many wines from which to choose, with no idea what to drink next. And with the chance to pair wines with food, weather and even a …

Zinfandel, America’s most versatile wine grape

The history of zinfandel in America can be traced back to Italian Immigrants who planted it all over California for a number of reasons including its hearty nature. For that reason it was also the dominant choice of home winemakers in other parts of the country who were purchasing grapes shipped eas …

Six glasses for the wine buff!

Just like coffee always tastes rounder when served in thick-rimmed diner mugs, wine gets a boost from the serving vessel too. It’s true, matching glassware to your wine does improve the flavour! Of course, it’s possible to totally geek out on this subject. Be warned though, you might end up in a dar …

Ten wine myths debunked

Some common thinking about wine is really common misinformation — common myths that aren’t true. The following sections set the record straight about these wine myths. 1.     The best wines are varietal wines One advantage of varietal wines — wines named after a grape variety, such as chenin blanc o …