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What makes a reserve wine special?

Selecting an appropriate wine is always tricky – especially if you want to buy wine for a special occasion or as a gift. Red or white, wooded or unwooded, fresh and fruity or big and heavy? You don’t want to poison your partner or client with a dodgy homebrew you found in a corner café. […]

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How to enhance your wine drinking experience

You’ve gone through all the effort to plan the meal and carefully select the best wine to accompany the food. Don’t spoil it by serving lukewarm Sauvignon Blanc in a paper cup. Bearing a few things in mind can make a big difference in your wine drinking experience. A touch of class in glass Let’s […]

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How to match food and wine

Wine is becoming increasingly popular, and people are becoming more knowledgeable about wine. However, I think most people still lack confidence when it comes to exploring new labels, unusual varieties, and food and wine pairing. It is great to say that wine is all about individual taste and preference, but you don’t really want to […]

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Why do we get hangovers?

It’s happened to the best of us and, unfortunately, we all know the feeling: Waking up the next morning, feeling like death warmed up and swearing you’ll never drink again. But what exactly is a hangover and what in wine causes hangovers? For those who don’t know, common features of hangovers include headaches, nausea, fatigue, […]

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The story of Grand Constance

I consider myself very fortunate to be associated with the majestic Groot Constantia wine estate, the oldest wine farm in South Africa, dating back to 1685. You can imagine my excitement when I received a phone call ten years ago as a 28-year-old maverick winemaker to inform me that I had landed the job as […]

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Winemaking across the world: The American dream

I’ve had the privilege to make wine in traditional European wine countries like France, Italy and Spain before I decided to head for America: the land of opportunity where bigger is better! The USA is the fourth biggest wine producer in the world after France, Spain and Italy. Even though wine is made in all […]

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Winemaking across the world: Olé España!

I am in a very fortunate position to take some time during our “off season” to go to the Northern Hemisphere to see what other winemakers do in those parts of the world. After two amazing vintages in France I had a less fortunate experience in Italy. But I decided not to let this dampen […]

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Winemaking across the world (not so) bella Italia

Starting my career as winemaker, I’ve always considered it very important to be aware of what is happening in the rest of the wine world, and the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty. I’ve been fortunate to do two harvests in Bordeaux and then decided to expand my horizons: Next stop […]

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Winemaking across the world: viva la france!

After I had finished my winemaking studies at Stellenbosch, I dived into the wine industry armed with new-found knowledge. During the first few years, I’ve learned a lot about winemaking and also about the South African wine industry in general. But when you open a bottle of French or Italian wine you always wonder: What […]

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Sweet wine is sweet wine?

Sweet wine is a topic of great confusion. I don’t think people always realise that there are so many different types of sweet wine and that they are all made differently. It is not a matter of sweet wine is sweet wine is sweet wine. Let’s look at a few stickies and how they’re made. […]

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