Menings oor wyn en wynverwante aangeleenthede/Views on wine and wine related maters.

WYN VAN DIE MAAND: Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013 & Ondine Cabernet Franc 2009

Ons twee wenwyne vir Januarie.

Daar’s eintlik net een nadeel aan la dolce vita, en dis die feit dat mens ’n voortdurende stryd met jou lyf het, veral as jou metabolisme teen die spoed van ’n bewegende gletser werk! Ek glo aan balans … in alles! Dis hoekom ek stap, fietsry en oefen as teengewig vir al my heerlike kos- en wyn-vergrypings. Die les? Daar’s ongelukkig altyd ’n prys te betaal vir ’n dekadente, hedonistiese leefstyl. Maar ek kla nie.

Ons onlangse besoek aan Portugal met sy heerlike kos en wyn het weer eens sy tol geëis ondanks al die voetslanery. En glo my, ons het voet geslaan!

You are not allergic to sulphite!

Don't blame sulphite in wine.

One of the things I hear frequently from people who find out I’m a technical guy for winemaking is, “I’m allergic to the sulphite in wine. What can I do?” My heart sinks when I hear this, writes Tim Vandergrift.

Why organic and biodynamic wines matter

Organic or biodynamic, or traditional.

We hear a lot of talk about organic and biodynamic wine, but do we understand its importance in the world of wine? asks Christina Pirello. And its impact on the planet? It’s pretty big picture stuff.

In the early 1920s, a group of farmers, concerned with the decline in the health of soil, plants and animals (yes, even back then it was a concern) worked with Rudolph Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy (spiritual science). He had spent his adult life researching and investigating the subtle forces in nature that influenced the health and wellness of all life. From his work and lectures emerged the fundamental principles of biodynamic agriculture that related the ecology of the farm to that of the entire cosmos. I told you this was big picture!

The greatest tragedy in the wine industry

Wine: keep it simple and just enjoy it!

I’m a wine insider, writes Ryan Opaz. I’ve met, or known, most of the big names in wine today; and from time to time, have had the honor to collaborate with them. I run a large-ish conference about wine communications. I’ve judged in wine competitions, consulted wineries on marketing strategies, blogged about wine for 10+ years and drank many wines that I can’t afford. I offer this as context.

Size does matter, really!

The different wine bottle sizes.

You learn something every day, and last Saturday was no exception, writes John Downes MW. Did you know that at a Christening the bottle of celebration Champagne should be bigger than the baby? That means of course that a single bottle that holds a mere 750 millilitres is nowhere near big enough.

How to avoid ‘wine list agony’

Do not fear the "wine waiter"!

We’ve all been there, writes John Downs. You’re shown to your table. You’re feeling good. Then the wine waiter (or sommelier) appears with the wine list. The table goes quiet as everybody prays that the inevitable game of pass the parcel doesn’t end with the leather bound tome in their lap. As the wine list circulates, waves of pressure and an air of intimidation sweep across the white linen. But hold on, why should one person in a black suit carrying a book cause so much hassle on what should be a relaxing night out with friends?

Cabernet franc: Varietal of the future?

Is cabernet franc the future?

Cabernet Franc is a tricky wine, writes Caroline Vice. From anecdotal evidence, one either loves it or hates it, having been scarred by bad ones. I am in the former camp, after being wooed by Ormonde’s wild and juicy Ondine Cabernet Franc. And since, I have been on a hunt to sniff out as many single varietal Cabernet Francs as I can.

It’s time to get serious about rosé!

The all-weather wine!

This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, as the summer is known as pink wine season, writes Jeff Kralik. This is underscored by the fact that most wineries release their rosés in the spring, no doubt in an effort to latch on to the popular sentiment.

Drink half a bottle of red wine before bed to lose more weight

Drink red wine, lose weight!

Craving sweets before bed, but don’t want to ruin your diet? Well, feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine instead! New research shows that drinking half a bottle of wine before bed can help curb sugar cravings, so you can lose weight faster.

The 7 mistakes everyone makes at a wine shop (or wine estate)

Are you also guilty of these "mistakes"?

For many people, heading to the local wine shop can be an intimidating and anxiety-inducing experience, writes Adam Teeter. All you want to do is get in and get out with a bottle of wine you’re going to enjoy. But in your state of panic, you’re likely to make a few mistakes that may cause you to be less than thrilled with your bottle when you finally arrive home. These are the 7 most common.

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