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White wine varieties grown in South Africa

Wine, a wonderful journey of discovery!

Three years ago I was amazed at the large number of wine grape varieties in Croatia, especially the white varieties. The wines made from these grapes didn’t disappoint either. This got me thinking about white wine cultivars in South Africa. How many are there really?

Red wine varieties grown in South Africa

Pour yourself a glass of wine and be at peace!

“How many red wine cultivars are grown in South Africa?” I asked members of a small wine club recently. They looked at each other, questioningly, then at me, and then a few started counting on their fingers.

Say hello to chenin blanc!

Chenin blanc, for the wise and stylish and cool!

If white wines are going to have a heyday once again, it’s beginning now. While critics have been preoccupied with red wines lately, white wines have been staging a quiet revolution, introducing new drinkers to drier styles with the same quenching freshness of an ice cold beer… but without the carbs.

The History of Wine

Archaeological sites of the Neolithic, Copper and early Bronze Ages in which vestiges of wine and olive growing have been found.

The earliest archaeological evidence of wine production yet found has been at sites in Georgia (6 000 BC), Iran (5 000 BC), Greece

An introduction to two of Spain’s great wine regions

Red or white, Spain has it all!

If you love wine, Ribera del Duero and Rueda are two great Spanish wine regions that you need to know.

About two hours northwest of Madrid lies a high plateau discovered by winemaking monks around a thousand years ago. (We could stop there and ask why it was the monks that were always making wine, but we’ll move on!)  No-one would have guessed then that today the regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda produce some of the best wines in the world.

An overview of Mexico’s wine country

Mexico's wine varieties.

Believe it or not, Mexico makes wine too! The first vineyards in North America were planted in Mexico. Here’s a little overview of what’s to know about modern Mexican wine country.

How to tell if a wine is age-worthy

Tell-tale signs!

How do you tell if a wine will improve with age? Oddly enough – and thank goodness, just spending more money on a bottle won’t guarantee that it will age well. Instead, there are a few key characteristics to look for in cellar-worthy wines.

Identifying flavors in wine

This flavor wheel identifies the most common flavors in wine.

If wine is made from just grapes, why can some people then taste different fruits such as cherry, pear or passion fruit? There are also flavor descriptions like butter, vanilla, clove, and even bacon used in many wine tasting notes. So, where do these flavors come from?

The top 5 Argentinian wine regions, excluding Mendoza

Argentina's wine regions, another reason to visit South America!

It’s an indisputable fact that Mendoza rules the Argentine wine scene, writes Kevin Chandler. With 395,000-plus acres of planted vineyards, the region accounts for more than two-thirds of the country's wine production.

Think pink: The intricacies of making rosé

Summer, winter, spring or autumn, a dry rosé is always a winner!

It’s summer. The weather is warm and if you are like me, your thoughts are turning to more white wines rather than the hearty reds of winter, writes Nova McCune Cadamatre. There is one style which is making a statement this season, however, and that is Rosé. It’s a beautiful mix of the lightness of a white wine with a bit of classy structure hinting of its origins as red wine grapes.

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