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 »

FIVE AMAZING FOOD MARKETS IN STELLENBOSCH

10 April 2015 • General
FIVE AMAZING FOOD MARKETS IN STELLENBOSCH

Culture, Outdoors & Adventure, Shopping, What's On

14 January 2015

Not only does Stellenbosch have great wine and awesome restaurants, but it also has some of the most amazing markets in the Western Cape. Whether you’re looking for delicious food or fresh produce, these markets have the best of the best of both.

Here are some of the most amazing food markets in this quaint town:

 

Root44 Market

Address: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

Surrounded by gorgeous vineyards, the smells of delicious food and the sound of live music, Root44 Market is one of the most amazing markets in the Stellenbosch area. This family friendly market not only has good food and delectable drinks, but it is perfect no matter what the weather with marquees that offer shade from the sun and shelter from the rain. Whether you’re craving wood-fired pizza, traditional roosterkoek, a spicy curry or a sweet treat,... read more »

Alchemy Winners Announced

Alchemy Winners Announced
23 January 2015 • General
 

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our new Alchemy range and took part in this competition. While not everyone receives prize, you are certainly winners for enjoying such great wines.

We are happy to announce that the First prize of R25 000 cash goes to Annelize Kleingeld.

Second prize of a Trip for two to explore the cape winelands will be enjoyed by Ishmael Matsila.

Our 30 Third prize winners each receive 24 bottles of Alchemy. They are Lynette Reebein, Frankie Berghorst, Brad Glasspoole, Amos Rangata, Vida Fritz, Katalin Mercer, Moila Rangata, Julie Staniforth, Andrzej Tomzynski, Dave Staniforth, Andrew Myatt, Solomon Ndala, Michael Fowler, Lesley Anderson, Alastair Page, Jonn Wilson, Etienne Brewis, Mark Fletcher, Louis Schmidt, Mary-Ann Norval, Rendani Mandiwane, Lyn Schonewolf, David Smith, Marion O'Donoghue, Irene Bekker, Derrick Williams, Zamazama Ngwenya, Colleen de Jongh, Paulina Mukwevho and Clive King.

Cheers to Hartenberg’s Alchemy! read more »
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