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There are several times of the year that instantly mean chocolate to us: Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day and obviously, Easter! But doesn’t chocolate kill wine, you may ask? Wine educator Jennifer Franich gives us her top tips for matching wine with chocolate... There are few things in the world as enjoyable as a good glass of wine, and chocolate is one of them, so imagine if we could expertly match your glass of wine with your... read more

Is red wine good for your heart?Just in case you needed another reason to drink red wine, there have been countless studies over the last decade suggesting that just one glass per day could help to prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol and dramatically improve the health of your heart. Sadly, there are many who doubt these claims, and it has even been suggested that you would have to drink as many as 60 glasses per day in order to feel... read more

Gone are the days of waiting for a really special occasion to pop the cork on your favourite bottles of wine, or hoping and praying that the wine you’ve been saving is perfectly aged! With the Coravin system you can now taste any bottle of wine, without getting out your corkscrew. The best feature of this handy little gadget is that you can easily pour a single glass of wine without having to pull the cork on a... read more

If you watched The Wine Show this week you might have found yourself craving a bottle of Pinot Noir - the grape made famous by cult film ‘Sideways’, filmed against the stunning backdrop of Santa Barbara. Thanks to Rex Pickett, the original author, and his two unlikely protagonists, Jack and Miles, Pinot Noir became so popular after the film’s 2004 release that sales rose by 16% and tourism in the Santa Ynez valley boomed. You can read about... read more

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by a particularly long wine list, or spent hours in the supermarket staring at shelves and shelves of bottles, we have good news! As we saw in the first episode of the new season of The Wine Show this week, finding your wine preferences can be as simple as looking at the drinks you already know and love. Coffee, for instance, can tell you a lot about the styles of wine you might... read more

Charismatic Zinfandel: our wine grape of the week We’re sure you’ve knocked back and enjoyed a few glasses of this bold, full-bodied wine made from black-skinned grapes grown in over 10 percent of California's vineyards, but do you know the details that will help earn you the title of Zin-pro? Zinfandel is a truly versatile grape and can be used in the production of dry reds, dry-style rosés, blush wines (known as White... read more

The ultimate wine town, Stellenbosch has just about as much history as you can expect from the most well known places in South Africa, dating back to its origin 1679. A great story precedes the creation of the Stellenbosch wine route, of three friends and their love for wine merging their three farms into a route that is now one of the most beautiful wine itineraries of the world. The Stellenbosch Wine Route came into being after the founders of Simonsig... read more

Grenache used to be the most planted red grape selection across the world, with substantial contributions from Spain and also the whole of the south of France, until probably being overtaken by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot during the last decade or two. Grenache Noir was discovered in the 1800s but only verified in the early 1900s by a Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. Even though there aren't ample amounts of Grenache Noir planted in South Africa, as a result... read more

Consumers' love for wine has not deteriorated even after so many years. Despite the fact that recent wine consumption figures have not picked up considerably, it certainly provides enough encouragement for wine entities to stay in the business. In 2012 wine consumption was 244 million hectoliters collectively, and the figures have remained nearly steady all these years. Apparently, quite a few European nations known as major wine producers have cut down on the harvest lately to be in sync with wine demand. ... read more

Thanks to its extreme geography, Chile is a higly fertile ground for wine growers. Here is a list of the best Chilean wineries that pair superb tastings with picturesque views. 1. Matetic Vineyards, nestled in the Rosario Valley is a fully organic and biodynamic winery with stunning architecture and its own hotel on-site La Casona. Wine lovers can visit the oval-roofed winery designed by Norway's Laurence Odfjell and learn about the different phases of wine... read more