5 Self-isolation Tips For Wine Lovers

You know what it is, so I ain’t mentioning the C-word. Chances are, you are spending more time holed-up than usual – if not totally isolated with only the sound of the dog’s restlessly wagging tail and the ripe aroma of your own body ash to contend with. What to do? You’re a wine-lover, then this is my advice:

 

5 Types of People to Avoid at Wine Tastings

Wine tasting is a group activity, largely. No matter how reserved and introverted one may be, most of the time you will be tasting wine as a part of a group of people sharing a desire to experience vinous pleasure and/or gain indescribable amounts of knowledge about things winey.

 

Predictions for the Cape Wine Industry 2020

The crystal ball has been gazed into. My personal witch-doctor cast his impressive selection of dry mammal bones, the arrangement of their falling allowing vast insights both spiritual and practical. And hundreds of blogs, tweets and perceptively penned missives, anticipating what 2020 shall hold for the wine industry, have been read. Here’s what we are in for, amigos:

 

Review: Decameron in Stellenbosch

The last time me and Jackie the Juice did a job together was back in the Old Country when the Don?s son-in-law Flavio needed some skull-work on account of

 

Hamilton Russell Expands Pinot Noir Operation To Oregon, USA

A touch of South African winemaking flair hit America in September when Hamilton Russell Vineyards cellarmaster Emul Ross headed to Oregon to oversee the ma

 

85 Percent of South African wine consumed is priced at below R55 a litre

While contributing towards economic realities, this collective wailing about South African wine being too cheap is a one-sided affair. For in this call for

 
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Legend of Frans Malan alive and well as Simonsig turns 50

Top image: Frans Malan in the vineyard at Simonsig

Regular attendees of wine events will have experienced an inspired winemaker or marketer stating that “wine is made in the vineyard”. Which is, with respect, becoming a bit of a cliché.

 

Six Rules For Sommeliers And Other Wine Servers

With every second Cape Town restaurants now priding itself on having the services of a sommelier, it has become evident that some laying claim to this title were created more equal than others – with respect to George Orwell, who also knew a thing or two about restaurants as well as dictatorial pigs.

 
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Time for SA Pinot Noir to Get Recognition it Deserves

Speaking on CapeTalk radio recently, one of the foreign judges flown out for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show said the quality of the Pinot Noir category surprised her.

 

Why Terroir isn’t Everything – It’s the Only Thing

Once one stops asking questions in the world of wine, you might as well admit that your time in this most wonderful of cultural, scientific and agricultural arenas is over.

 
 
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