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

Exploring a small portion of the maze of winemaking decisions: To press or not to press

Pressing is an absolute in winemaking.

To press or not to press? That is NOT the question, writes Nova McCune Cadamatre. Rarely does anything in winemaking have an absolute. However, pressing is one of the few. Grapes must be pressed at some point in the process to release the juice or wine. However, even though grapes must eventually be pressed, it is the when, how and how much that are open to interpretation. What seems deceptively simple on the surface, when explored, reveals a maze of different combinations and outcomes.

The science of wine aromas: Where wine flavours come from

The wine aroma wheel.

Why does wine taste the way it does? If you love wine, you’ve no doubt read countless wine tasting descriptions like this one:

The Secret to Tasting Like an Expert: “Impact Compounds”

Let the journey into wine continue.

There are well over a hundred individual aroma compounds in wine that interact with each other to create thousands of potential smells.

Daar’s altyd tyd en plek vir iets soets!

"'n Huis sonder iets soets is 'n bitter teleurstelling."

“Daar is net twee soorte mense in die wêreld, dié wat van dessertwyn hou en dié wat nie goed opgevoed is nie.”

Begin jou eie wynversameling

Begin klein!

Wyn is nie ’n bestemming nie, dis ’n reis, ’n wonderlike reis van ontdekking. Dit beteken dat jy elke moontlike wyn en wynstyl moet proe voordat jy besluit wat jy wil koop en versamel. En onthou, net versnitwyne kan elke jaar min of meer dieselfde gemaak word omdat die wynmaker met die verskillende komponente kan “speel” om dieselfde resultaat te kry. Kultivarwyne sal uiteraard van jaar tot jaar verskil aangesien klimaat byvoorbeeld nie elke jaar dieselfde is nie.

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.

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