Traditions

In Europe, with old world vineyards and wines, old world traditions still linger in particular regard to the UK wine trade. There is a perspective that both wine merchants and wine producers are gentlemen.   It would be incorrect to discuss prices until at least after...

Historical Franschhoek

Anyone who drives up the Franschhoek Valley will not fail to notice that many farm names are French.  When they arrive at the village itself, they are virtually bombarded with French names. Restaurants, guesthouses and even some shops proclaim an allegiance to France,...
Corks or Screwcaps?

Corks or Screwcaps?

Corks or Screwcaps? Corks or screwcaps? Haven’t we all read or heard of the pros and cons for each?  After all, we know there is a serious need to severely regard the oxidation process. In essence, the romance of the cork is giving way to the more sterile (in...
Do glasses make a difference to the wine?

Do glasses make a difference to the wine?

Do glasses make a difference to the wine? Once upon a time, it was fashionable to drink bubbly from a shallow, bowl-shaped glass called a ‘Coup’, reputedly to have been modelled on Marie Antoinette’s left breast. Then science stepped in and revealed...
Grapes Ripen, Are Harvested, and Made Into Wine

Grapes Ripen, Are Harvested, and Made Into Wine

Grapes Ripen, Are Harvested, and Made Into Wine Grapes ripen, are harvested, and made into wine. Then comes the awkward part, how to sell the stuff? This exercise is compounded by ever-increasing competition in the market place so how does one manage to elevate...