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  • How to pour the perfect glass of wine every time, drip-free
  • 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… Before you... ››› more
  • [11 December 2014]
  • How to savour and rate a wine's aroma
  • 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
  • [27 November 2014]
  • Four ways to size up a wine before tasting a drop
  • 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
  • [20 November 2014]
  • Use these five tips to keep your crystal wine glasses in pristine condition
  • 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… Why you n... ››› more
  • [13 November 2014]
  • You love wine, but is it a worthwhile investment option?
  • 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
  • [06 November 2014]
  • Are you clinking wine glasses the right way? Here's how to do it “properly”
  • 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
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Picking a new bottle of wine off the shelf? Here's what to look for on its label
  • 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
  • [16 October 2014]
  • Never paid any attention to vintage variation of wine? Here's why you should…
  • 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
  • [11 September 2014]
  • The wine that fulfilled Napoleon's dying wish
  • 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
  • [27 August 2014]
  • This South African Shiraz can hold its own anywhere in the world
  • 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
  • [22 August 2014]
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