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Wine producers, winemakers, wines, etc./Wynprodusente, wynmakers, wyne, ens.

A simple guide to wine bottle sizes

A standard 750ml bottle.

Ever wondered why standard wine bottles are 750ml! It actually remains unknown precisely why today's wine bottles contain 750ml of liquid. One thing is sure, however, it has become the worldwide standard.

A ‘rotten wine grape’ review!

Noble rot or Sour rot?

When someone thinks of mold on fruit, it usually has a very negative connotation, writes Nova McCune Cadamatre. However, with grapes there are two sides of the mold story when talking about a very specific fungus called Botrytis cinerea. This is a fungal pathogen affecting grapevines that comes with both challenges and opportunities for the grape grower and winemaker.

Nege woorde wat wynliefhebbers behoort te ken

Jy hou daarvan, jy's apaties of jy hou nie daarvan nie.

Wanneer jy die etiket en die pragtige bottel ignoreer, sit jy met ’n wyn wat een van die volgende drie emosies gaan ontlok:

Jy hou daarvan;

Stellenzicht se Guy Webber het ’n passie vir pinotage ... en die lewe!

Stellenzicht se Guy Webber, 'n man met passie vir die lewe!

As daar nou ’n man is wat die verpersoonliking is van die wyn wat hy maak, is dit Guy Webber van Stellenzicht. Guy is die afgelope 18 jaar die wynmaker op hierdie bekende Stellenbosse wynlandgoed.

The complete wine colour chart

Let the journey continue!

Colour is one of the most complex attributes of wine because there are several variables that affect it.  The 4 primary variables are variety, vintage, region and winemaking.  For example, as white wines age, they increase in colour intensity until they eventually go brown.

The lifecycle of a wine grapevine

A grapevine.

You may have heard the phrase “great wine is made in the vineyard”, and it’s true! Great wines come from great grapes. So, let’s take a look at the lifecycle of a grapevine and learn how each season affects that year’s vintage.

How wine barrels affect the taste of wine

A barrel and ceramic serving decanters are depicted in this 1600s Dutch scene.

Before there were glass bottles (1600’s and before), most wines were stored and sold in wooden barrels. In fact, paintings from around this time period often show wine barrels strewn about. And, while we’ve outgrown the necessity for barrels to store and transport wine, we’ve come to acquire a taste for it.

Wine Serving Survival Guide

Wine - in all its magnificent forms - should be enjoyed AND appreciated!

This guide covers wine serving order, wine serving temperature, wine serving social etiquette, as well as opening and serving bottles during dinner.

How white wine is made

Summer in a glass!

Did you know that white wine can be made with red or white grapes? The major difference between making red wine and white wine is that the juice is fermented without the grape’s skins when making white wine.

How to tell if wine has gone bad

Telling good wine from bad by its colour.

Open for over a week? It’s past its peak!

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