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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

Having a wine tasting party, or just feel like having some wine? You might not be sure what foods go with the wine you like and vice versa. People have no problem cracking their favorite beer and drinking it with whatever snacks are around. But for some reason we get intimated when choosing a wine with our meal, or we feel guilty drinking wine with something we might not feel is suitable. It may surprise you that wine goes great... read more

To learn more about the hidden wine gems of Croatia, the JustDubrovnik team has conducted an interview for Winerist with a Croatian sommelier, Ksenija Matic, WSET Level 3. She will explain which wines to try and which wineries to visit while visiting the lovely capital and its surroundings. "I’m a local Dubrovnik girl, born and raised within the city walls. Me and my sister Angela own an event planning agency Event Lab. However, I am a true wine... read more