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

Wie nie vra nie, weet nie!

Die onkundige is die een wat bang is om "dom" vrae te vra!

Hoekom is mense so bang om vrae te vra oor wyn? As jy nie vra nie, sal jy nie weet nie, en hoe meer jy vra, hoe meer leer jy tog. Die mense wat níé vra nie, is diegene wat in onkunde vasgevang bly. Moet dus nie bang wees nie, vra en leer meer. Onthou, daar is baie mense wat ‘n sug van verligting gaan slaak omdat jy die vrae vra wat hulle eintlik te bang is om te vra.

Oor die jare heen het ek talle vrae ontvang van mense wat die wynreis van ontdekking met my meemaak. Waar ek kon, het ek geantwoord, en waar ek nie kon nie, het ek self gaan kers opsteek by mense wat meer as ek weet. En ek doen dit vandag steeds!

Hoe om jou wynkennis as beginner te verbeter

Begin sommer vandag met jou wynreis van ontdekking.

Daar is sommer baie wyninligting daarbuite, maar nie te veel goeie raad oor hoe om die wynreis te begin en wat om eerste te leer nie. Gelukkig kan mens, met so bietjie raad, redelik vinnig “wynwys” word en selfverrtoue opbou, en sommer in ’n redelike kort tydjie ook. Hierdie “gids” gaan poog om riglyne te bied oor hoe om jou wynkennis uit te brei … selfs al begin jy nou eers!

The rise of non-traditional wine blends

Blends: you just gotta love 'em!

Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes, writes Mark Angelillo. The majority of casual wine drinkers understand what “Merlot”, “Moscato”, and “Cabernet” mean. Nowadays “Pinot” and even “Riesling” are familiar pals too. This is largely because the United States and other New World regions label their wines by varietal rather than geographic area.

Wine and Moderation: What’s Healthy?

Moderation, balance, is everything ... in every facet of life!

Is Wine Healthy? To really answer the question of whether or not wine is healthy, you need to look at what’s inside a glass of wine.

What grapes make the best wine blends?

Who doesn't love blends!

Each grape variety that’s added to a wine blend contributes a special attribute, which combines to create a perfectly well-rounded, rich and smooth tasting wine. Bordeaux and Champagne in France are world-renowned for their exceptional wine blends.

Cinsaut en ruby cabernet smag om verken te word!

Die rooies wat van vooraf "ontdek" en "verken" is.

Vier jaar gelede in Italië het ek agter gekom dat daar baie meer wyne is as die paar Italiaanse knape wat ons hier aan die suidpunt van Afrika ken. Sommer BAIE meer. Verlede jaar in Portugal en vroeër vanjaar in Spanje is ek weer eens uit die veld geslaan oor hoeveel verskillede kultivars daar is waarvan ek niks weet nie. En ek was tegelykertyd teneergedruk en verheug! Teneergedruk omdat daar nog so baie wyne is wat ontdek en verken moet word en verheug … omdat daar nog so baie wyne is wat ontdek en verken moet word!

‘South Africa is the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world’

Tim Atkin MW.

In his fourth annual guide, the award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, says the 2015 South African vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition.

South Africa’s ongoing Wine Revolution

The moon rises over the Swartland's vineyards.

When South Africa emerged from nearly half a century of apartheid in the early 1990s, its wine producers stepped up to the international plate with two strikes against them, writes Stephen Tanzer. Twenty-plus years later, they have dug themselves out of their early hole and prospered.

Does temperature really matter?

At the right temperature, all wines show off their best.

You have everything lined up.  Flowers set on the table, the guests have boozy drinks in their hands  and you are ready to move this whole party to the next level. Ladies and gentlemen, begin the wine-ing and dining!

Take your passion for wine one step further, or even further!

Go on, you know you want to do it!

Once the purview of wine professionals, restaurant staff and the geekiest of vinous geeks, in the last decade wine certifications have opened up to almost all levels of interest and knowledge, writes Joe Roberts. The big three in the U.S. are the Court of Master Sommeliers (focusing on wine knowledge and service), the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (or WSET, focused on the world of wine production and business), and the Society of Wine Educators (or SWE, concentrating on general wine knowledge and the ability to educate others in those topics). Most offer classes in major U.S. metro areas that are specifically geared to passing the certification exams.

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