Menings/Views

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

Giving wine competitions more competition!

Are there too many wine competitions in SA?

Does it make sense to register for competitions when you’re almost certain you’ll never walk away with the laurels?

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Arendsig Grenache 2014

Ons WYN VAN DIE WEEK, Arendsig se Grenache 2014.

Vandeesweek is dit net wyne uit een van my gunsteling-wynstreke wat in aanmerking kom vir die titel WYN VAN DIE WEEK. En ja, ek praat van die Robertson-wynvallei met sy skatkis vol juwele – kos, wyn en veel, veel meer!

Kom ons begin by Zandvliet. Sewe wyne uit hierdie bekende en bekroonde kelder het my tong bekoor en drie het vir my uitgestaan, naamlik die 2014- Zandvliet Chardonnay, die 2011- Shiraz en die 2009- Kalkveld Shiraz.

Give canned wine a chance!

Wine in a can.

Wine in a can is a topic getting a lot of discussion lately, says Jon Thorsen. Purists says that the aluminum canister can’t possibly be good for wine, that metal flavors will seep into the wine and that the form factor ruins the experience. And taking a glance at some of the recent poor reviews, it seems as though that may be the case.

But there’s an important distinction to be made here: the term “wine in a can” is really a misnomer because most of what is on the market is not really wine at all, just something that loosely resembles wine.

'There are 2 types of women, red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers'

Can you spot the white wine and red wine drinker?

Women and wine go together like melted chocolate and strawberries. It’s one of the most sacred, functional relationships known to man.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Koggelbos Mount Abora Chenin Blanc 2012

Ons wyn van die week is 'n chenin blanc wat jou smaakkliere betower, en jou laat smag na nog!

“If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing.” – Anonymous. “And just put on a CD!” – Bacchus.

Well, both Anonymous and Bacchus have forgotten one very important thing, food. Okay, and friends.

Sauvignon blanc: The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of wine grapes

Sauvignon blanc grapes.

Sauvignon Blanc will always keep you guessing, says Alex Tilling. On the one hand it is capable of making a wine that can boast ethereal grace and complexity, yet on the other it can be raw, green and aggressively unbalanced. It is a simple case of the have’s and the have not’s: Those that have the right soil (poor), the right climate (cool) and the passion (low yields come at a cost), versus those that do not.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Lanzerac Mrs English 2012

'n Dame waarop 'n man maklik sy hart (en kop) kan verloor!

Die afgelope week se wonderlike wynreis van ontdekking het op Nederburg begin en toe verskuif na Longridge en Lanzerac. Dit het sjampanje, witwyn, rooiwyn en rosé ingesluit, en ’n heerlike dessertwyn.

Maar laat ek met daai aarbeikleurige een begin. Dit was tydens Nederburg se jaarlikse “Oes teen Sonsondergang”-makietie wat Saterdagmiddag omstreeks vieruur afgeskop en ge-eindig het toe die biesies begin bewe. Ek is ’n groot fan van droë rosé-wyne, enersyds omdat hulle so veelsydig is en andersyds omdat hulle op hul eie net soveel genot verskaf met ’n groot verskeidenheid disse.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Conradie Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Our Wine of the Week as photographed by Ian McNairn of McNairn PHOTOGRAPHY.

This week only wines from the picturesque Nuy Valley between Worcester and Robertson came in for consideration for our “coveted” title. Well, that’s not entirely true because the Friday evening we had an awesome shiraz from Australia with braaivleis which I felt would not be beaten the next day, or the next week for that matter. That was after kicking off the evening with a bottle of 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Conradie Family Vineyards which had my wife’s Scottish family raving.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Solms-Delta Amalie 2013

Ons wyn van die week ... met pizza!

Na ’n relatief droë Januarie, afgedwing deur die uitspattighede van die vakansieseisoen, het dit weer tyd geword om my wonderlike wynreis van ontdekking te hervat. Ek meen te sê, ’n mens kan waaragtig ook net so lank op die waterkar wees dan begin daai ou gesegde dat “’n maaltyd sonder wyn is soos ’n dag sonder sonskyn” al hoe waarder te word, en dit verander sommer gou-gou in “‘n dag sonder wyn is soos ... wel, ’n vleisbraai sonder vleis”!

More reasons why wine will improve your health in 2015: The research doesn’t lie!

Stay healthy, drink wine!

Popping the cork, it turns out, may be exactly what the doctor ordered, writes James Duren.

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