Menings/Views

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

WYN VAN DIE WEEK

Allee Bleue se 2014- Sauvignon Blanc, ons WYN VAN DIE WEEK!

Die beste wyn is die een waarvan jy die meeste hou, ongeag handelsmerk, prys of toekennings, want wyn is ‘n baie subjektiewe en persoonlike aangeleentheid. Verder is wyn nie ’n bestemming nie, maar eerder ’n reis, ’n wonderlike reis van ontdekking.

 

Hierdie week se reis vir my het ’n 2012- Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc (geniet met ’n oondgeroosterde hoendergereg), ’n 2007- Doolhof Malbec (vergesel van skaapribbetjie, boerewors en bykosse) en ’n 2011- Allée Bleue Brut (as inleiding tot ’n wynproe en kos-en-wynparing) ingesluit.

Robert Redford raves about SA chenin blanc!

Analjit Singh and Robert Redford.

 

Hollywood legend Robert Redford is a devout fan of South African chenin blanc. Speaking at a lunch in Franschhoek recently, Redford revealed his delight with local chenin blanc wines. “I’ve experienced white wine in the Napa Valley in California, but never something like this,” he declared.

 

Al tien oesjare van Saronsberg se Shiraz slaag die ‘bevebilita’-toets!

Puik Shiraz-wyne uit Saronsberg se kelder, en elkeen slaag die "bevebilita"-toets!

Umami is vir kos wat bevebilita is vir wyn. In ’n neutedop beteken albei “smaaklik, heerlik, lekker”! Die Italiaanse woord kan ook vertaal word as “drinkbaarheid”.

Preserving that open bottle of wine: tips to make wine last longer

Making that open bottle of wine last longer!

I get this question so often that I am sort of shocked that I haven’t addressed it yet, says Gregory Dal Piaz. It’s perhaps one of the best questions about wine, though its simple answer often gets obscured by marketing pitches designed to solve a problem that you probably don’t have.

Wine degrades, or oxidizes, due to the reaction between the delicate aromatic compounds in wine and oxygen. Heat speeds up these reactions. Excessive heat causes a whole slew of additional problems, but I’m making the assumption that you are careful enough not to cook your wine.

So how should you handle that bottle of wine you didn’t finish? Let’s explore your options.

Put a Cork in It

Unforgettable TV wine commercials

Suave Italians helped put sparkling wine on our tables!

You know what I miss? I miss cheesy commercials on wine on TV, says Gregory Dal Piaz from the USA. For whatever reason, the industry at large has pretty much relegated TV advertising to spirits and beer. What fun is that? We’ve been left with dogs and pirates to guide us through the confusing world of alcohol consumption. No wonder we’re drinking so poorly.

Alvi’s Drift se 2011- CVC omskep eenvoudige pastagereg in ’n feesmaal

Alvi's Drift CVC 2011, uitmuntend op sy eie, uitmuntend saam met kos, soos pasta met hoender en sampioene.

“Daar is drinkwyn en dan’s daar dinkwyn.” Ek kan nie meer onthou wie hierdie wysheid jare gelede kwyt geraak het nie, maar die persoon het by “drinkwyn” eenvoudige, onpretensieuse wyn bedoel wat mens se smaakkliere laat jubel, wat op jou tong dans soos ‘n wafferse ballerina, wat jou nie kan laat wag vir die volgende glas nie. Met ander woorde, pure pret in die mond.

 

Van Loveren se Cape Riesling en KFC laat mens krul van pure lekkerkry

Die goeie en die slegte maak saam 'n feesmaal soos min!

Ek kan haute cuisine en bekroonde wyn net so geniet soos enige ander mens (met goeie smaak!), en daar is beslis ’n tyd en plek daarvoor, maar gee vir my enige tyd van die dag ’n eenvoudige maaltyd wat met die varsste bestanddele en met sorg voorberei is, en ek gee vir jou ’n feesmaal soos min! En as daai maaltyd ook nog tapas-styl is – ’n hele spul eetgoed in klein hoeveelhede – dan’s ek in die sewende hemel.

Organic wine: Are we just fooling ourselves?

Vineyards near Paarl in the Western Cape.

I reached out to some wine professionals to get their opinions about organic/natural/biodynamic wines, but before I turn the stage over to them, I’d like to explore the situation briefly, writes Gregory Dal Piaz from America.

Before we consider the value of these wines, let’s be as clear as possible in regards to the definitions, which can be vague. To begin with, there is no organic wine, just wine made from organic grapes. Organic is a way of growing crops. The techniques used in the cellar, and additional treatments in the vineyard are what distinguishes, to a great extent, the wines peddled under the moniker “natural” or “biodynamic”.

Chenin blanc: Discovering 7 exciting and diverse South African whites

Chenin blanc's popularity is growing rapidly.

It’s time again to venture into the unknown in order to find some new wines for the coming summer season, writes Gregory Dal Piaz from the US of A. Chenin blanc may be best known in it’s home, France’s Loire Valley, but it is also an exceptionally important variety in South Africa. Perhaps the most important white variety as South Africa continues to re-establish it’s markets around the world.

 

Chenin blanc shows off its versatility, charm and class … again!

Let the work ... sorry, let the enjoyment begin!

Last year I was fortunate and privileged to attend the Chenin Blanc Summer Showcase. This year it was the Chenin Blanc Winter Showcase I was invited to. I am beholden to the Chenin Blanc Association for this privilege. Well, for both!

We started the day at the spectacular Dellaire Graff estate outside Stellenbosch with a Cap Classique made from chenin blanc, my very first experience of a chenin bubbly. (PS. If anybody knows where I can buy some, please let me know! It’s bloody nice!)

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