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 …

Gunstige seisoen, besonderse wyne!

Wynliefhebbers kan uitsien na uitsonderlike wyne van Suid-Afrika se 2020-wyndruifoes danksy gunstige weerstoestande regdeur die seisoen. Dít volgens die Suid-Afrikaanse wynbedryf se Wynoesverslag 2020. “Hoewel dit altyd belangrik is om die diversiteit van ons tien wyndruifverboustreke in ag te neem, …

Currently there are over 10,000 known types of mushrooms. That may seem like a large number, but mycologists suspect that this is only a fraction of what’s out there! We can put these various species in one of 4 categories, namely saprotrophic (shiitake, white button, oyster), mycorrhizal (porcini, …

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Wyn-indeks (SAWi), ‘n onafhanklike wyngehalte-organisasie, het die eerste uitgawe van The Definitive Fine Wine Guide bekend gestel. Dit volg op die vroeëre aankondiging van die Grand Wines Collection (GWC) wat ook in die gids verskyn. Met die nuwe gids as handleiding kan wynliefh …

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 …

With so many types of mushrooms, the possibilities (and recipes) are endless. High in fiber and vitamins, mushrooms are also fat and cholesterol-free. They’re popular around the world due to their versatility as well as their meat-like heft and texture — and these days, we generally don’t have to tr …

The Prescient Report of the Top 10 Sweet & Fortified Wines, as convened by Winemag.co.za, has been released, with De Krans Wines securing no fewer than three of the top spots. The deserving recipients were the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2016 and 2017, as well as the De Krans Muscat De Frontig …

SA se beste cabernet francs bekend gemaak

Die vyfde Cabernet Franc-kompetisie het weer eens die beste voorbeelde van dié kultivar uitgelig nadat die beoordelaars die 52 inskrywings onder die soeklig geplaas het. Die meeste van die wyne wat ingeskryf is, is ontvang van wynplase wat voorheen ook aan hierdie jaarlikse kompetisie deelgeneem het …

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 …