Pongracz Rose with heart tartlet 002 LR

Four things sparkling wine and love have in common

Some would say that being in love is like being thirsty; encountering the need to quench a basic human need and something we can’t live without. Plato said “the god of love lives in a constant state of need” and on 14 February, we’ve set aside a day solely dedicated to expressing this need.

More often than not we celebrate this burning need in ourselves and our partners by opening a bottle of Champagne – or Méthode Cap Classique as it is called in South Africa – during special romantic occasions. In earlier cultures people believed that the drink had positive effects on women’s beauty and man’s wit, and although this definitely still rings true in some instances, there are many other reasons why opening a bottle of the ‘good stuff’ on Valentine’s Day is not a random tradition.

The drink of love, and the actual manifestation of the feeling in ourselves, actually share more commonalities than you might be aware of. Continue reading

Poolside drinking? Go for the fishy.

Something fishy seems to be happening in the wine industry… and I’m not talking artificial flavouring or SAA wine tenders, I’m talking labels. Fish on wine labels seem to be code for ‘summer quaffer’, as inevitably whenever there is a fish on a wine label the contents of the bottle is likely to be white, crisp, zesty and easy to drink. Wines to be enjoyed ice cold, in the sun, while eating produce from the sea.

I like this. The label doesn’t lie or looks all pompous in an attempt to make what’s in the bottle seem fancier than it really is. Fish equals quaffer. It is as simple as that.

Baleia Bay wines in the Overberg region and Springfield from Robertson wine valley have both released such wines. Continue reading

De Wetshof Thibault 2009: The blueprint of a fine wine

De Wetshof wine estate in Robertson, famous for its seamless Chardonnay and classic Pinot Noir, has added a Bordeaux-style blend to its wine repertoire, called De Wetshof Thibault 2009.

Home to the famous Nature in Concert Pinot Noir, De Wetshof wine estate has a reputation for producing wines that are delicate and Old World in style. The De Wets – father Danie de Wet, mother Lesca and sons Peter and Johann – they, in turn, are known for being a sentimental bunch. A reputation which resonates with the wine drinker who knows that wine is not just about grapes.

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