Menings/Views

Menings oor wyn en wynverwante aangeleenthede/Views on wine and wine related maters. bacchus@planeetwyn.co.za.

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.

‘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”.

Klawer se Villa Esposto Rosé laat jou toonnaels krul van pure lekkerte!

'n Weskus-sonsondergang in water vasgevang!

Waar’s die dae toe koöperatiewe wynkelders by uitstek bekend (of is dit eerder berug) was vir grootmaatwyn, dikwels van twyfelagtige gehalte. Wel, daai dae is gelukkig tot die geskiedenis verban want vandag maak hulle net sulke lekker wyn – en van puik gehalte – as gewone wynkelders en -landgoedere.

Wanneer mense nie weet wat hulle nie weet nie van SA wyn en brandewyn

Suid-Afrikaanse wyn is tops!

Oorlede Ronnie Melck van Muratie- en SBW-faam, ’n ware wynghoeroe, het meer as vier dekades gelede só geantwoord op ’n dom vraag van ’n jong Matie-student: “Die beste wyn is die een waarvan jy die meeste hou, ongeag handelsmerk, prys of toekennings. Laat jou tong jou lei want dis die enigste wynkenner.”

Michelangelo International judges make case for pinotage and chenin blanc

Love pinotage!

Wines made from grapes with strong South African links have received enthusiastic support from judges at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards near Stellenbosch. With 28 judges from 22 countries, Michelangelo is South Africa’s largest and only truly international wine competition.

Brand chenin blanc as SA’s wine specialty, says leading US commentator

Lauren Buzzeo.

South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with sauvignon blanc and Argentina with malbec. This is the view of Lauren Buzzeo, the recently appointed managing editor of the respected publication Wine Enthusiast, which is based in the US but read worldwide.

Riesling wys twee van sy edel gesigte!

Twee van die edel gesigte van riesling.

Hoewel riesling in sy “tuisland”, Duitsland, en elders van krag tot krag gaan, is hierdie edel en verfynde kultivar in Suid-Afrika soos die spreekwoordelike profeet wat nie in sy eie land geëer word nie.

Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

South African wine brands deserve much bigger exposure overseas.

South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected chairman of Vinpro.

Smuts shared his thoughts on some of the pressing issues that currently prevail in the industry with Jeandré du Preez of Farmer’s Weekly.

Brandewyn: As jy nie weet wat jy nie weet nie!

Vir die fynproewer!

Persepsie kan darem maar ’n bliksem wees! Hoewel dit dikwels absoluut niks met die werklikheid te make het nie, aanvaar baie mense dit vir die waarheid. Ongelukkig meet min mense hul persepsies aan die waarheid of werklikheid en leef hulle in absolute onkunde voort. ’n Geval van “as jy nie weet wat jy nie weet nie”, of “ignorance is bliss”!

Een van die beste voorbeelde van hoe verkeerd persepsie kan wees, is dié oor brandewyn. Dit het weer eens ter sprake gekom tydens ’n onlangse besoek aan KWV se House of Fire in die Paarl toe aan die brandewyngids gevra is hoekom whisky steeds gewilder as brandewyn is.

Chianti for every day

Chianti in a straw-covered fiasci.

Often overlooked, and suffering still from its days in straw-covered fiasci, Chianti continues to offer great value to the savvy shopper, writes Gregory Dal Piaz. A large region of Tuscany is devoted to the production of Chianti of all sorts and stripes, and while the wines may not be the rock bottom values of the past, they are also not the thin, shrill wines they once were.

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