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

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.

Seven reasons why drinking Champagne (or MCC) is scientifically good for you!

Drink Cap Classique, it's good for you!

You needn’t feel guilty next time you pop the champagne cork at a wedding, christening or perhaps just a particularly indulgent breakfast, writes Kate Lough. The fizzy stuff is actually good for you. So next time you raise a glass, remember the below health benefits of drinking bubbles - in moderation, of course.

Five good (and smart) reasons to drink red wine every night

Enjoy red wine, regularly!

Do you need a reasonable excuse to drink at least one or two glasses of wine each night? How about five (reasons, not glasses)? In addition to catching a nice buzz and increasing your levels of wittiness, drinking red wine every night brings some very legit health benefits.

The surprising benefits of wine all require self-control

The benefit of moderation?

What should you be drinking (and how much) to promote a healthy wine lifestyle? Turns out, if you stick to the moderate drinker lifestyle, there are some major benefits.

Should one ever decant white wine?

The decanting debate continues!

More often than not, when we see a decanted wine, it’s red, not white. And for good reason, writes Emily Bell. Red wines more often have sediment (which you’d want to decant out) and many so-called “tighter” red wines can benefit hugely from “opening up,” i.e. getting some exposure to oxygen for varying amounts of time to let the aromatics have a chance to peek out. (Oxygen, however, does eventually become the enemy of wine, and aromatics can float away, so decant, and drink!)

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2014

Ons Wyn van die Week, 'n wit versnit uit Tokara se kelder.

Ons drink ons wyn heeltemal te jonk in Suid-Afrika, rooi sowel as wit. Ek kan verstaan dat die wynmaker so vinnig moontlik sy wyn wil verkoop om daai sogenaamde “bottom line” gesond te hou, maar ek hoor dikwels dat hulle sou verkies om wyne langer terug te hou voor dit aan die publiek bekend gestel word.

Die rede is baie eenvoudig. Suid-Afrikaanse wyne word oor die algemeen so goed gemaak dat hulle met ekstra veroudering in die bottel kan doen. Om die waarheid te sê, baie van hulle word net beter en beter met ’n bietjie ekstra bottelveroudering. En dikwels kom daar sekondêre geure na vore wat jou met ’n groot glimlag van genoegdoening laat.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Kloovenburg Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The communist and the capitalist!

Wood with wine is like make-up with women. In both cases it’s there only to support and to complement, not to hide. Hiding a good wine behind wood is like a beautiful woman hiding behind make-up. It’s a total waste!

I was reminded again what an essential yet delicate part wood can play on wine after a wonderful presentation of three Kloovenburg wines (two vintages of each) at Burrata in The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. The wines, all white, were paired with pizza, and it worked beautifully.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Le Bonheur Prima 2010

Le Bonheur se Prima 2010 met die 2012- Sauvignon Blanc links en die Tricorne 2009 regs.

“Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love all year round, madam, that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals.”

Ek het aan die eerste gedeelte van Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais se aanhaling uit The Marriage of Figaro gedink toe ek hierdie week se wyne geniet het. Net so terloops, die Fransman het tussen 1732 en 1799 geleef en het The Marriage of Figaro in 1784 geskryf.

Maar mens moet natuurlik nie wyn drink as jy dors is nie, net as jy lus is. Lus is vir wyn!

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