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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]
  • A shining star born from the artistic diversity of our flavourful nation
  • 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
  • [23 September 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]
  • 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]
  • Seven key terms you need to know to master wine tasting
  • 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
  • [07 August 2014]
  • Wine connoisseur uncovered: How to taste wine in three easy steps
  • 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
  • [31 July 2014]
  • Five tips that'll help you savour every last drop of your favourite wine
  • 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
  • [24 July 2014]
  • Five top tips to help you overcome common wine blunders
  • 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
  • [17 July 2014]
  • Use these six tips to find the perfect wine glass
  • 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
  • [26 June 2014]
  • Ernie Els scores top marks with this perfect “19th hole” vintage
  • 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. Here's why… 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
  • [27 May 2014]
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