• Tips and Tricks to knowing your wine

    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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  • Wine Tasting 101

    When starting wine tasting, you don’t need to know a thing about acids, vintage year, or tannins. The first rule is to not listen to any rules but enjoy the tasting experience. Everyone’s preference and taste are different therefore wine is what you make of it.

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  • How to Serve Wine

    Red wine should be served at room temperature, referring to European temperature (which is completely different to SA, especially in summer). Therefore, to preserve the red wine, theres no need being afraid to dunk it into an ice bucket to tighten up the flavours.

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  • Red Wine Tip March

    Why does red wine stain my teeth?

    The primary cause of stained teeth from red wine results from these things called “chromogens”. These are pigment-producing substances abundant in red wine that sticks onto dental enamel. Tannins in red wine and drinks we consume, also enhance the possibility of chromagens binding to the teeth, leaving unattractive stains.

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  • Blend Tip February

    Did you know? Have you noticed?

    More and more wines on the shelves nowadays are Blends!! Why? Considering the fluctuation in our climatic conditions, winemakers are having a huge challenge to maintain certain preferred wine styles and as a result has to blend wines to achieved the desired styles.

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