Category: Wine Views/Wynmenings

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 …

Die groeiende vraag na wyn met geen of lae alkohol is ’n aanduiding van die toename in mense se bewustheid van gesondheid en algemene welsyn. Maar dis nie net die gesondheidsbewustes wat hierdie mark laat groei nie, daar is ook diegene wat nie agter die stuur van ’n voertuig wil inskuif na ’n lekker …

Four good red wines for beginners

It’s no secret that interest in wine is growing worldwide. Maybe you like wine for the implied health benefits (i.e. keto friendly, antioxidants, etc). Or perhaps you just love rosé! Whatever the reason, one issue many newcomers struggle with is consistently choosing wines they love. This is particu …

Hoe om die regte cabernet te kies

Cabernet sauvignon is ’n verkleurmannetjie. Hoewel dit waar is vir elke druifsoort, is dit veral waar vir cabernet. Miskien is dit omdat cabernet in so baie streke verbou word dat ons bewus is van die baie verskillende “vorms” wat hy kan aanneem. Klimaat, terroir, oesjaar, wynmaak en meer maak ’n gr …

The greatest white wines in the world!

In the Cote d’Or, 10 km from Beaune, lies Puligny-Montrachet. The mere whisper of the name causes oenophiles to perk up. Why? This sleepy 400-inhabitant village is synonymous with the greatest white wines of the world. A storied appellation, Puligny-Montrachet was created in 1879 when Puligny receiv …

What do the most expensive wines have in common? It turns out, they’re more similar than you might think. 1.     They’re made of popular wine grapes. Just because a grape is very rare (or almost extinct) doesn’t mean it will be worth something at auction. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The most e …