Pouring a glass of wine without dripping is a particularly troublesome issue if you're pouring red wine and there's a white tablecloth to contend with. It can be especially nerve-wrecking when you have a table full of guests to serve.
The good news is, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure you pour every glass drip-free.
Read on to find out what you need to do…
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Living in South Africa, we have an array of fabulous wines produced right on our doorstep.
And our white wines are getting a lot of attention overseas right now.
If white wine is your preferred tipple, there are three different varieties that are renowned the world over.
Read on to uncover the ins and outs of these sought-after South African white wines…
Chenin Blanc is creating... ››› more
Once you've given a wine the once over with your eyes, you need to give it a good sniff.
This is an integral part of evaluating a wine and you should do this before you get stuck in with the tasting part.
But how do you go about doing it? And what are you looking for?
Read on to find out…
Here’s how to begin weighing up the aroma of a wine
The first thing to do is swirl the w... ››› more
If you're attending a wine tasting or just want to get into the wine connoisseur spirit, before you even smell or taste a wine, you need to give it the once over.
Yes, I'm talking about LOOKING at it. And when you do, there are four key things you should look for when evaluating a wine.
Read on to find out what these are…
Here’s how to gauge a wine with your eyes
You can tell a ... ››› more
If you enjoy a glass of fine wine, then the perfect accompaniment is a top quality glass to drink it from.
When it comes to fine glassware, you can't go wrong with a crystal wine glass. But crystal is prone to staining and even absorbing the smell of the wine.
So how can you ensure your crystal glassware stays in optimum condition over the long haul?
Read on to find out…
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If you enjoy a glass of fine wine, learning more about it and collecting it, investing in wine may seem a good option.
Not only could you combine your love of wine, but you could potentially make money from it too.
But is it something you should seriously consider?
Let's take a closer look…
How much will investing in wine cost?
If you’re serious about investing in wine, only... ››› more
Chances are even as a toddler you were clinking your plastic tea cups. As you've grown up over the years, a wine glass has replaced your plastic tea cup.
But did you know there's actually a correct way to clink wine glasses? And that doing it wrong can have embarrassing consequences?
So are you clinking wine glasses right?
Read on to find out…
The ‘wrong’ way to clink wine gla... ››› more
South African wines are renowned the world over. Over the last decade or so, our wines have really taken off overseas.
And if you prefer a glass of red, these are plenty of wines on your doorstep to explore.
Which should you choose?
Let's take a closer look at the top red South African wines…
The four top red South African wines are…
South African red wine #1: Cabernet Sauv... ››› more
If you're at the bottle store, it can be a daunting experience looking at all the wine bottles lined up on the shelves.
So how can you make a good selection? You're at the mercy of what's on the label.
Here's what you should look at…
Look at the vintage of the wine
The vintage is one of the first things you should look at when you’re looking to try a new bottle of wine. The vast... ››› more
Whether it's to mark a celebration or for a treat, it's hard to beat a glass of crisp, bubble-filled champagne.
But when it comes to opening the bottle, are you inclined to get someone else to do it? Do you worry the cork will do damage as it propels out the bottle? Or are you scared you're going to waste half the bottle in the opening process?
Well fear not. Opening a bottle of champagne is... ››› more
Contrary to popular belief, sediment isn't just a problem for red wines, it happens with white wines too. It's down to a wine maker deciding not to filter the wine to add to its flavour.
So if you have a wine that's got sediment in it, what exactly is in the sediment? And what can you do to remove it?
Let's take a closer look…
What’s in wine sediment?
As much as a wine maker’... ››› more
Serving a particular wine at the optimum temperature is a crucial aspect to getting the best out of its flavour and aroma.
It's surprising how much the temperature you serve a wine at has on its taste.
So what's the best temperature to serve wine at?
Let's have a closer look…
The four key temperatures to serve wine at
You need to serve a sparkling wine ice cold
Whether ... ››› more
If you're having a dinner party, the thought of picking the perfect wine to go with your meal may fill you with dread.
The good news is, by keeping a few key things in mind when it comes to picking wine to pair with food, you'll select the right bottle.
Read on to uncover four tips to finding the perfect bottle of wine to accompany a meal…
Use these four wine pairing tips to find you... ››› more
A wine can taste very different from one year to another even though it's from the same vineyard.
And it's all because of vintage variation.
Specific wines and wine growing regions are more susceptible to this than others.
Grapes grown in cooler areas with a higher chance of weather changes tend to show vintage variation more than grapes from areas of more consistent weather.
So how d... ››› more
What could be nicer to finish off a perfect meal than a lovely dessert? And if you're looking to take that pleasure to the next level, opt for a dessert wine to go with your something sweet.
But how do you pick it?
Well, the first thing you need to know is that there are five different types of dessert wine. They vary in sweetness and taste. And not all dessert wines are for after a meal. So... ››› more
A small glass of port wine is the perfect end to a delightful meal.
But what few people know is that there are several different varieties of port wine.
So what makes them different to each other? And what taste can you expect from each of them?
Let's take a closer look at port wines…
Port is a fortified wine
Port, along with sherry, falls into the fortified wines category. A... ››› more
Situated in the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere, along the Cape's most intimate wine route, lies South Africa's oldest wine producing farm… Groot Constantia Estate.
This historical estate produces some of the world's finest wines that not only continue to win international awards for consistently high quality, but have been enjoyed by the infamous French military leader ... ››› more
Nestled on the southwestern slopes of the Helderberg, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, lies a prime wine growing district and home to the exquisite Avontuur Estate.
Famous over the decades for its beautiful Thoroughbred Stud Farm, Avontuur's emphasis has always been on quality rather than quantity and this vision stems right through to the estate's premier wine range, all six of which a... ››› more
Going to a wine tasting? Or want to brush up on your red wine knowledge? This guide will help you get to grips with the key flavours and aromas of red wines.
Read on to uncover what you need to know about 14 of the most popular red grapes…
Here are some of the key tastes and aromas of 14 top red wines
Red wines tend to be fruity but, depending on the grape used, their tastes and arom... ››› more
You've most likely seen a wine expert on TV describing an array of different fruits and spices as he tastes a wine.
That's because certain wines come with characteristic aromas and tastes. And if you're going to a wine tasting session, knowing what these are can help you embrace what's going on in your palate.
So what are the key characteristics of different white wines?
Here are the ... ››› more
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