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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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
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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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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
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
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Along the banks of the Eerste River lies one of the very first farms established in Stellenbosch way back in 1692. A restored manor house, a remarkable collection of Cape Dutch Gables and the oldest wine cellar in the country make up Spier Farm's rich cultural heritage.
Not only has Spier become a shining star in South Africa's winemaking community, but the farm's most recent owners have also t... ››› 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…
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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
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
If you've booked a wine tour or you've joined a wine club, you'll want to make sure you're up to scratch with the main terms for describing wines.
But what does the acidity of a wine really mean? And what does the body of a wine actually refer to?
Read on to uncover what you need to know about these key wine terms and much more…
Wine tasting term #1: Acidity
Acidity describes the ... ››› more
You've probably seen a wine expert on television tasting a glass of wine and wondered what he or she was up to. Or perhaps you've been on a wine tour around the Cape and you weren't quite sure how you should taste a glass of wine.
So how should you do it? Where should you start? And what are you looking for?
Read on to find out…
Wine tasting step #1: Have a good look at your glass of... ››› more
Nothing can beat a glass of your favourite wine. But do you know there are a few things you can do to make it taste even better?
If you're a red wine drinker, you probably know that you need to let the wine breathe. But what's the best way to enjoy a glass if you've just opened a bottle?
What about pouring a glass of wine? It's tempting to fill it right to the top, but this affects the taste... ››› more
Have you ever rushed to the shop to grab a bottle of white wine for a dinner party, only to find that the only bottles they have are all at room temperature?
Or what about those lovely reds you enjoy so much? The bottle says serve at room temperature, but when temperatures have soared well past 30°C, you can bet your bottom dollar that's not the temperature you're supposed to be serving it at... ››› more
If you enjoy drinking wine, it makes sense to invest in some glasses to enjoy it in.
After all, a good quality wine glass can actually make a difference to the taste and the whole experience.
So what should you look for in a wine glass? Read on to find out…
Here are the six essentials of wine glass buying
Tip #1: Find a glass that suits both white and red wine
This will give you ... ››› more
We've all been there: You sit down at a restaurant you've never been to, confidently open the wine list and then… Disaster strikes: You don't recognise a single red wine on the list!
What do you do?
Should you admit defeat and just order a beer instead?
Not at all. Equipt with the wine picking tip below, you're sure to find a great red wine every time…
Use this essential wine picki... ››› more
Trophies… Country Clubs… Big swings… These are just some of the things South Africans associate with legendary sportsman like Ernie Else.
But if the “Big Easy” isn't a name you automatically associate with top red wines, it should be.
Ernie Els is more than just a golfer; he’s a top winemaker too!
“While men may dream different dreams, they are driven by ... ››› more
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