Where to store wine at home (if you don’t have a wine cellar!)

One of the few good things to have come out of the pandemic is that mail order sales of wine have increased considerably. Normally this will mean that you end up buying wine by the case and need somewhere to store it. It wasn’t so long ago that some research was carried out in the …

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What temperature should you serve wine at?

The traditional advice is that you should serve your white wines chilled and your. red wines at room temperature. Unfortunately, that’s not all there is to it. Let’s consider red wines first. What temperature should you serve red wine at? As it happens, I have before me three recently emptied red wine bottles: one is …

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An exciting time for South African wine

To say that the South African wine industry has undergone a quality revolution in the last decade is no exaggeration. Current economic challenges due partly to the pandemic aside, it’s a very exciting time to explore South African wine. Our support of South African wine is needed now more than ever, after South Africa faced …

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4 wine and food pairings you have to try!

Gone are the days when a slippery slope of rules and regulations about wine and food matching appeared hopelessly impossible to navigate. We’ve come to realise that experimentation is far more progressive with so many possible pairings to explore. And when it comes to wine & food pairing, personal preferences are what really matters. There …

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Everything you need to know about wine bottle sizes

Over the years wine has come to the consumer in all sorts of containers: amphoras, casks, bottles, bags-in-boxes and now cans, but since the second half of the seventeenth century, when the production of glass bottles was greatly improved, they have been the vessel of preference. Originally, these bottles were hand-blown and there were often …

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Everything you need to know about wine glasses and decanters

Over the past few years there have been many changes in the world of wine; not just in the wines that we drink, but also in the glasses we drink them from. The Paris goblet, which, for long, was ubiquitous in bars and restaurants, has now largely disappeared. Each wine region had, at one time, …

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