We can give you all the tips and tricks to knowing your wine, but the biggest thing to remember is that there is no right and wrong when choosing a wine. It’s like deciding on which chocolate to indulge in – there are certain guidelines to follow to determine quality, although it’s really a matter of personal taste and even mood. If you like it, then it’s right for you!

A few tips to remember:

Describing the flavour of wines is easier if you look at the colour – a lighter red will likely taste of strawberries, raspberries or cherries; a darker one of blackberries or blackcurrants.

If you want to impress your friends with your wine knowledge, contact the Cape Wine Academy on 021 889 8844. Various courses are on offer nationwide.

If all the flavours, textures and aromas are in balance, the wine is pleasurable to drink, and its flavours linger after tasting, it’s a decent wine!

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