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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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
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
Anton Rupert's life is the stuff of legend.
Growing up in the small town of Graaff-Reinet, Rupert had to drop out of medical school because his family didn't have enough money to pay the tuition. But he didn't let this setback stop him from being successful. He started making cigarettes in his garage and, eventually turned this venture into the industrial and luxury branded goods giant that is... ››› 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
When you think winter drinks, we're willing to bet you think red wine. After all, what goes better with meaty stews, thick soups and hearty roasts with all the trimmings?
But wine experts believe it's not the colour of wine that you should base your winter wine selections on, it's actually this one factor instead...
Think red wine is the only wine to choice in winter, think again…
If y... ››› more
Enjoying a tipple now and then should never leave a bitter taste in your mouth or a hole in your pocket. Paying more per bottle of wine doesn't mean you know more than the average drinker, nor does it mean you're getting a better deal. Today we reveal three wine buying tips you can use to find affordable quality wines that'll make any occasion a celebration…
Smart drinkers read labels to pick... ››› more
A mere stone's throw away from the icy Atlantic Ocean and 45km from Cape Town lies one of the greatest wine gems in SA: The Helderberg Area. It's famous for the delicious red wines produced in this region. And those made in Spier's Bay View range fit this mould to perfection.
Helderberg Area reds are elegant, rich and intense! Just want you expect from a drain-your-glass wine
The Helderberg... ››› more
Collaboration' is a word synonymous with the music industry all over the world. Musicians working together to blend their passions for an art form, aiming towards a harmonious finish to be enjoyed by like-minded enthusiasts. Partnerships such as this, which bring happiness to its consumers is how superstars become … Well … superstars. And now there's a wine that's done the same. “Birthed out... ››› more
Nestled in the heart of Tulbagh, lies a boutique winery with a reputation for producing Sauvignon Blanc that are so exquisite, the Platter's Guide awarded the last vintage a 4-star rating. Now, its Syrah is setting the taste buds of wine connoisseurs' alight. And it's easy to see why…
There’s nothing quite like ending a long, hard day in the office with a glass of chilled, crisp Sauvignon B... ››› more
The only thing most of us ‘casual' wine drinkers know about wine pairing is the old rule: “Drink red wine with meat and white wine with fish”. But even this isn't always true. Today, we reveal some surprising facts about wine pairing that even the most ardent wine enthusiasts may not know. Use these tips as the festive season draws closer and never make a wine-food faux pas again.
Few thi... ››› more
There's nothing more daunting than running into your local supermarket on the way to dinner with friends and finding that your favourite wine isn't in stock. Now what? How do you choose a good wine when you don't recognise any of the names on the shelves?
There are two types of supermarket wine buyers, writes 2oceansvibe.com.
The first, “walks in confidently, knows what he wants, and grab... ››› more
Merlot... Cabernet Sauvignon… Pinot Noir… They're all great red wines. And they frequently appear on menus and wine racks around the world. But these days, Shiraz reds are appearing more and more on these lists as well! After all, no wine lover can ignore the understated elegance and dependable flavours they offer your palate… And few can match the quality and taste of the four-star Platter ... ››› more
While most people define boutique wine as wines that come in wineries with ‘small production', ‘artisanal' or even ‘cult' like status, the truth is: You can consider any winery that creates a small number of bottles a year a boutique winery. And that means you need to take advantage of them fast to ensure you don't miss out…
“Don’t sit on your laurels!”
That’s the rule wine ... ››› more
When it comes to building your collection of vintage wines, there are a few good starting places. You need to know the brands to looks for too. Read on to uncover the world's top investment wines…
So which wines should you be focusing on for your investment portfolio?
One simple (and effective) way to do this is to consider the most traded wines on the Liv-Ex Fine Wine exchange.
What bra... ››› more
Just like with shares, the wine market's full of losers as well as winners. But in recent years those who've put their money into the very best fine wines have savoured better returns than more sobering punts made elsewhere. And best of all, if you uncork a failure, you can still drown your sorrows in style. Read on to find out about investing in wine…
Over the past few years, investing in win... ››› more
With National Heritage Day just around the corner, there's no better way to celebrate being South African than opening a bottle of wine from one of our world famous vineyards? And now you can do just that, while still celebrating one of the most iconic figures ever to don a South African passport: Nelson Mandela. It's all thanks to House of Mandela Wines…
September 24 is Heritage Day!
A d... ››› more
Because of their sweetness, many wine drinkers view sweet wines with an air of disdain. They either associate them with drunken nights at varsity where the cheapest wines they could afford were also the sweetest... Or live under the false premise that sweet wines are just for ladies. This isn't true. A good sweet wine can be just as delicious and inspiring for your dinner guests as a mature Bordea... ››› more
As any art collector will know, a Rembrandt or Van Gogh is worth far more than a painting from an unknown artist in Ghana. It's the same with fine wine. And they don't get much more collectible than the wines artfully produced at Somerset West's world renowned Vergelegen Wine Estate…
Anyone can be a wine lover.
But to be a true wine connoisseur, you need to fill your wine rack with the ve... ››› more
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