Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival

12 May 2015 • General
Shiraz & Charcuterie – a culinary match made in Heaven!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience these taste sensations at this year’s Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie hosted by Hartenberg Wine Estate.

A highlight on the social calendar this year’s event will take place at Joostenberg Deli on Saturday, 30 May (12pm to 5pm). Sample some of SA’s finest Syrahs paired with delectable artisanal fare.

Carl Schultz, celebrated winemaker at Hartenberg Estate, and widely regarded as one of South Africa’s oldest and leading producers of Shiraz for more than 40 years, has invited a select group of winemakers to showcase their wines at this indulgent day of Shiraz and Charcuterie. Together with some of the country’s finest charcuterie masters, cheese makers and olive enthusiasts visitors will be able to experience a food and wine-pairing feast.

The perfect excuse to taste Hartenberg’s internationally acclaimed Shiraz wines, which... read more »

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes
24 April 2015 • Awards
Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

The drinks industry today is flooded with tools and market analysis to help the trade understand more about their customers than ever before.

 

Whether you’re revamping your pub wine list, hosting the ladies who lunch or refreshing City clientele, there’s data out there offering advice on how to satisfy just about any demographic or emerging trend you care to imagine. Sometimes though, it can be just as informative to ditch the research papers and simply take a look at the real life people around you. the drinks business has carried out its own informal observation of everyone from Rioja lovers to Champagne quaffers and compiled these portraits of 10 modern consumers based on their wine preference.

Read on through the following pages and see if you recognise any of them.

Shipwrecked 1840s Champagne reveals secrets

Shipwrecked 1840s Champagne reveals secrets
24 April 2015 • General
Shipwrecked 1840s Champagne reveals secrets

Bottles of 170-year-old shipwrecked Champagne were unusually well preserved, but contained extraordinarily high levels of sugar along and traces of arsenic, scientists have confirmed.

 

A total of 168 bottles of Champagne were found 50m below the Baltic Sea in 2010 off the coast of the Aland archipelago in Finland. Produced by Champagne Houses including Heidsieck & Co, Ponsardin, Veuve Clicquot and Champagne Juglar, which later merged with Champagne Jacquesson, the shipwrecked bottles were estimated to be around 170 years old.

Taking three Veuve Clicquot bottles, a team of scientists led by Prof Philippe Jeandet from the University of Reims in Champagne-Ardenne, have carried out a chemical analysis of the liquid, discovering very high levels of sugar and traces of arsenic. While much of the CO2 had dissipated, much of the wine’s chemical features were preserved thanks to the “close to perfect” ageing conditions of the... read more »

Better by the glass

Better by the glass
24 April 2015 • General
Better by the glass

 

Are the days of drinking wine by the bottle in a restaurant numbered? By Elona Hesseling 

Increased awareness of drinking and driving, and consumers experimenting more with variety, should result in restaurants also stepping up their ‘wine by the glass’ offering. Sadly this section remains neglected on most menus.

While hip and trendy wine bars are growing in popularity, the general lack of creativity and versatility of wine by the glass offerings at many restaurants is astounding. With the exception of a few, wine by the glass lists usually comprise mass produced house wines and products from big brand ‘bullies’. The price per glass is often even higher than the retail price per bottle at the supermarket.

South African sommelier Higgo Jacobs believes that restaurants should refrain from just listing generic recommendations of big suppliers by the glass. “A good, interesting wine by the glass... read more »

What does old mean when we talk about vines?

What does old mean when we talk about vines?
13 April 2015 • General
What does ‘old’ mean when we talk about vines?

It's a gray area that invites rewarding exploration.

 

Who, and what, is old? When does a child become an adult? What does an adult have, what does she aspire to, what can she communicate that a child has not, does not, cannot? We know adolescents with the wisdom of elders, and leaders of nations with the maturity of kindergartners. All depends on upbringing and context. As with people so with vines, the cardiovascular system of wine.

Wine folks speak frequently about grapes, soil, climate. It’s less often that one hears about vines, except when a label notes that the wine in a particular bottle came from “old vines.” For a long time now I’ve been trying to figure out what this means. No one seems to know.

Or at least, no one seems to agree. In even the world’s most... read more »
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