“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” – Galileo Gallilei.

From bottle to glass … and corkage fees

Wine makes every meal an occasion.

Ordering wine in a restaurant can be an intimidating and potentially embarrassing experience, akin to the fear of being chosen last for a pick-up cricket game or not being asked to dance at the varsity “sokkie”.

An informative wine list will tell you the type of wine, the producer of the wine, where the grapes were grown (though with some wines that is inherent in the name) and the year of production (vintage). Since there can be considerable variation in vintages, especially with single varietal wines, or the wine may be just too young, this is important information.

Alto’s ‘Steak & Shiraz Saturdays’ are back!

Steak and shiraz, a superb pairing.

Alto Wine estate, situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain outside Stellenbosch, is celebrating the warmer months by bringing back “Steak & Shiraz Saturdays”. Guests can look forward to a relaxing afternoon filled with live music, delicious food and great wine.

Lautus Savvy White – al die plesier … sonder die skuldgevoelens

Wyn sonder alkohol!

Ontmoet Lautus Savvy White, Suid-Afrika se eerste wyn wat op ’n unieke manier gemaak word met net een doel voor oë, naamlik om die beste van die wyndruif op die gesondste moontlike manier te lewer. Hoewel Lautus Savvy White op die tradisionele manier gemaak word, is daar egter ’n ekstra stap net voor bottelering waar die alkohol deur ’n spesiale tegniek verwyder word … sonder om Moeder Natuur se heilsaamheid en geur in te boet.

The Platters stars shine bright for Le Sueur Wines

Worth every star!

Le Sueur Wines is the “dream and passion” of De Krans winemaker, Louis Le Sueur van der Riet. This dream was born during his first harvest in 2006 and turned a reality in November 2014 with the release of the maiden vintage of Le Sueur Wines Chenin Blanc 2014. The objective of the brand is to make wines which are unique to the Klein Karoo terroir and method of wine making.

De Krans is an award-winning wine estate on the outskirts of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo.

L’Ormarins brei sy reeks vooraanstaande MCCs uit

Drink die sterre!

Methodé Cap Classique (MCC) verander elke geleentheid in ’n viering en die jongste vonkelwynaanbieding van L’Ormarins is juis daarop gemik om alle geleenthede te vier. Met pinot noir wat die botoon voer en sorg vir die L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé NV se delikate salmkleur het, is hierdie Cap Classique die ideale manier om hierdie feesseisoen met familie en vriende te vier.

Nederburg wins another IWSC Trophy!

For the true connoisseur!

The 2013 vintage of Nederburg’s II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded the coveted Warren Winiarski Trophy for the best cabernet sauvignon at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), judged alongside equivalents from various wine producing countries.

Last year, the 2013 vintage of Nederburg’s Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon was honoured similarly, and won the 2016 IWSC Arcadia Trophy for the best cabernet sauvignon of the show.

Eikendal Vineyards verlei die somer met ’n kaaskoek-en-wynervaring

'n Hemelse smaaksensasie wag op Eikendal.

Vars sitrusgeure, gevolg deur ’n ryk, bessieverrassing wat afgerond word met ’n sweempie gesoute karamel-hemel. Hierdie is die smullekker kaaskoeke wat deur Eikendal Vineyards aangebied word as deel van hul splinternuwe kaaskoek-en-wynervaring – die eerste Stellenbosse wynplaas wat hierdie somer só ’n unieke proe-ervaring bied.

Mulderbosch releases sensational Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs, Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé and Chardonnay

One of the trio of Chenin Blancs.

The Mulderbosch wine estate outside Stellenbosch has launched its Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc trio from the 2016 vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017 and the Chardonnay 2017.

Steenberg sit ekstra vonkel in die feesseisoen

Kies jou "wapen"!

Kan daar ooit genoeg sjampanje wees? Nie volgens Dorothy Parker, die bekende Amerikaanse digter, skrywer en satirikus, nie. En die Steenberg-wynlandgoed in die Kaapse Skiereiland stem saam en daarom bied hulle aan liefhebbers van sjampanje (ook bekend in SA as MCC of Cap Classique) ’n reeks elegante vonkelwyne.

‘It’s man who makes faulty wine, not nature’

Peter Sisseck.

Calling the gap between over-processed, technological wines and extreme natural wine in today’s wine world as “big” and “stupid”, Peter Sisseck of Pingus wants winemakers everywhere to bridge the divide and concentrate on making wines with “great respect for tradition, great respect for origin and great respect for knowledge”.

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