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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

When it comes to the flavour of a wine, it’s a group effort. Most notes on the tongue are a result of a whole host of different types of compounds working together, and there are hardly any individual compounds that are solely responsible for a particular aroma or flavour. But we live in an age of answers and that is exactly what the science-loving section of the wine community has been seeking out over the past few decades.... read more

Memorial Day has passed, so summer barbeque season is off and running!  You or some of your guests may enjoy a glass or two of wine with your cookouts.  Sometimes we don’t finish the bottle and we end up with corked half empty bottles of wine crowding our counters or refrigerators. If you don’t think you will drink it, but you don’t want to waste it, try blending into your next meal.... read more

Palermo is the capital of Sicily. Sicily is the largest Italian region in terms of size (25 710 sq.km) and the fourth biggest region in terms of population (5,1 million inhabitants). In Sicily, the vineyards cover about 14 000 sq.km. The wine production each year in this region is about 8,1 million hectolitres. Sicily has more vineyards than any other Italian region and about 70% of the grapes are white. You can find several different grape varieties in Palermo: international varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet... read more

Malbec is a French purple grape variety used in making red wine, native from the town of Cahors in the south of France. This region has a significant amount of Malbec plantations and there are two varieties of Malbec, one in Montpellier and another in Gaillac.  Sometimes, the Malbec wine is also called "Pressac" because the name of the two producers were Mr. Pressac and Mr. Malbeck. And it is also known as Côt, Cahors, Auxxerois or... read more

An introduction to wine tasting etiquette. Whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it. To help you out at your next event, we’ve compiled a list of our top dos and don’ts,... read more