Drink the ‘old vines’ of South Africa!

A chef recently challenged me to match a wine with Bakewell Tarts, one of England’s favourite cakes. These delicious sweeties have a jam-coated shortcake case filled with sponge, topped with almond flakes and icing. I luv ‘em. What’s more, Bakewell is a village in Derbyshire not far from my home cit …

DRC breek Europese rekord vir wyn op veiling

Die jongste veiling van Christie’s in Londen het “merkwaardige” resultate vir sowel Boergondiese as Italiaanse wyne opgelewer, insluitende ’n nuwe rekordprys vir ’n kis wyn wat in Europa verkoop is. Die kis van 12 bottels Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1988 is vir £264,000 verkoop! Die veiling het alte …

Cool Climate Wines: What, Where?

The climate greatly affects what wines grow and how they taste. The term “cool climate” refers to wine regions which specialize in varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Cool Climate Wines Certain wine varieties will not fully ripen if grown in a cool climate. For example, you’ll …

Avondale: Mother Nature’s energies at play

When it comes to energies, 2018 was quick to usher in two Super Moons in January, one of which was also a Blood and a Blue Moon, says Johnathan Grieve of Avondale near Paarl.   Well, it seems as if the year is going to carry on just as it started – it’s an exceptional year for special moon even …

South African wine styles

South Africa is blessed with a diverse range of wines and wine styles, which is great news for all true wine lovers who see wine as a wonderful journey of discovery, a gift from earth and heaven to be experienced, enjoyed and appreciated. Let’s look at South Africa’s various wine styles.   Blanc de …

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 …

Papillon kry nuwe baadjie … en boetie!

Van Loveren se gewilde vonkelwyn, Papillon, vier vanjaar sy 30ste verjaardag. Om hierdie geleentheid te vier, spog die vonkelwynreeks nou met nuwe verpakking en ’n opwindende toevoeging, die Papillon Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Rosé (bo).   Die Papillon-reeks bestaan reeds uit ’n Brut en Demi-Se …