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

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.

Why we all should still drink wine in Drynuary!

Yes, we love wine!

You may not always be in the mood for wine talk, especially after a long, indulgence-drenched holiday season, writes Claudia Angelillo. Many of us have taken the “Drynuary” pledge (a personal promise to avoid alcohol consumption during the month of January) only to fail miserably within the first week. Sound familiar? If yes, you are in good company.

Top 10 wine faux pas

The "holy cows" of wine are slaughtered!

The world of wine needn’t be an intimidating gauntlet of unexplainable terms and stuffy etiquette, but being aware of some common pitfalls can’t hurt, writes Lauren Eads.

Society is awash with perceived expectations and etiquette when it comes to drinking wine, many of which are wholly off the mark.

Top 10 most irritating wine terms

A bible for wine terms?

The wine world offers a rich tapestry of styles and personalities to excite the most jaded gastronome. However, as a random sample of tasting notes or back labels will show, the vocabulary used to describe this remarkable spectrum can be remarkably ineffectual and at times downright irritating, writes Gabriel Stone.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Chenin Blanc 2010

Stellenbosch Vineyards se Credo Chenin Blanc 2010.

En so kom nog ’n jaar tot ’n einde! Dit was ’n jaar vol kos- en wyn-ervarings, nóg ’n been op my persoonlike wynreis van ontdekking. En in die jaar het wonderlike disse en ewe wonderlike wyne hul danspassies op my tong uitgevoer, groot glimlagte op my bakkies geplaas en my laat jammer voel vir mense wat lekker kos en lekker wyn nie kan waardeer nie.

Ek’s gevra om my gunsteling-wyn van die jaar te kies, maar dit sal bitter moeilik wees want byna elke wyn wat ek deur die jaar die plesier en voorreg gehad het om te geniet, was besonders in eie reg. Miskien volgende jaar.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Cape Rock GRV 2012

Cape Rock GRV 2012 with a West Coast Platter, YUMMIE!

At last the “silly season” in the wine industry, that’s the one where food and wine dominate the lives of us very fortunate and blessed few and last for about 11 months, is winding down and I had my last wine and food function for the year. Now it’s time to get this old wreck of a body in some sort of a shape for the “swimwear season”. I really don’t want to embarress my family and friends unneccesarily ... if I don’t have to!

But before it’s the final farewell for the year, let’s have a look at which wines dazzled the senses this past week and which one stood out in the crowd.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013 & Babylonstoren Chardonnay 2012

Baleia Bay se verrassende en verfrissende 2013- Chardonnay!

Aangesien ek laas Donderdag en Vrydag in die Overberg was vir die amptelike opening van Baleia Bay se sprankelnuwe kelder en proelokaal daar regs langs die N2 net buitekant Riversdal  het ek nie by ’n WYN VAN DIE WEEK vir verlede week uitgekom nie. Daarom gaan daar hierdie week sommer twee wyne van die week wees, een vir verlede week en een vir vandeesweek.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Ayama Baboon’s Swing Chenin Blanc 2013

baboon's swing chenin blanc.jpg

 

This week’s column kicks off with some excellent medical advice from a certain Dr Phillip Norrie: “Consuming wine in moderation daily will help people to die young as late as possible!” He adds: “Wine is the thinking person’s health drink.” 

 

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