Sunday, 9 June, 2024

Wine élevage: coming to terms with aging

"Élevage" is a term often used by winemakers, but do they just mean "aging"?
Wine Searcher, Vicki Denig

Friday, 24 May, 2024

Wine tasting 101: The dos and don'ts

If you're reading this, chances are you're an adventurous wine lover eager to elevate your wine-tasting experience.
Samarie Smith-Meletiou

Wednesday, 22 May, 2024

These are the 14 most important wine blends to know, and why they matter

Some of the world's most iconic wines are blends of multiple grapes, but the story goes deeper than that. Here's what to expect from each.
Food and Wine, Vicki Denig

Friday, 23 February, 2024

How long can a bottle of wine stay open?

To drink or not to drink? This is the question facing many a wine lover when left with a bottle that's been open for a few days.
Wine Enthusiast

Wednesday, 17 January, 2024

How to be a South African wine connoisseur

Do you want to learn a bit more about wine this year to talk the talk in the tasting room?
Visit Winelands

Wednesday, 17 January, 2024

Sweet wine, explained: Everything you need to know about the delicious, sugary tipple

Sweet wine is more than just a dessert drink.
Robb Report, Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen

Wednesday, 25 October, 2023

Are you a wine snob? 8 Red flags to spot

From peppering every conversation with industry jargon to over-relying on a decanter, wine snobbery can take on many forms.
Wine Enthusiast, Kelly Magyarics

Monday, 28 August, 2023

What makes wine age?

Wine is a revered elixir that has captivated palates for centuries, with different styles, varietals, and terroir all culminating in the symbol of celebration.
Waterford Estate, Jeremy Maarschalk

Monday, 31 July, 2023

Red red wine, you make me feel so fine

South African red wines are not only loved locally but also internationally. The most popular cultivars are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, and Shiraz.
Maryke Roberts

Wednesday, 7 June, 2023

How long can a bottle of wine stay open?

Here’s a practical guide to know how long a bottle of wine can stay open before it starts to go off.
Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW

Monday, 29 May, 2023

How to identify the characteristics of wine

Starting out on a new interest, everyone eventually encounters the challenge of how to identify the characteristics of wine.
Bonnievale Wines

Wednesday, 24 May, 2023

10 Wine tips that will make you sound like a rockstar

You can drink wine and be cool with Bonnievale Winery's 10 wine tips that’ll make you sound like a rockstar.
Bonnievale Wines

Tuesday, 16 May, 2023

What kind of wine is moscato?

Moscato is increasingly enjoyed around South Africa, but what kind of wine is Moscato?
Bonnievale Wines

Monday, 15 May, 2023

The science behind the bubbles in your glass of Champagne

Champagne’s flavour is also the secret to a glass of fizz’s unique straight line of bubbles, scientists have discovered for the first time.
The Telegraph, Joe Pinkstone

Wednesday, 18 January, 2023

Minerality in wine, explained: How it affects taste, aroma and texture

An exploration of the regions that produce great mineral-driven varietals.
Robb Report, Mike Desimone & Jeff Jenssen

Wednesday, 21 September, 2022

A 4-step checklist to assess the quality of wine

When tasting any wine, there are 3 main components you should examine: appearance, nose and palate.
Wine Enthusiast, Marshall Tilden III

Friday, 29 July, 2022

10 Wine tips that’ll make you sound like a pro

These wine tips cover some of the stranger bits of language and etiquette used by wine connoisseurs.
Wine Folly, Phil Keeling

Thursday, 21 July, 2022

Don't blame it on the sulphur

Sulphur has been miscast as a venomous villain: alleged giver of the red wine headache, migraines, sinus, and more.
Bubbles Hyland

Tuesday, 5 April, 2022

Top ways to learn about wine

Online or in person, learning about wine has never been more accessible.
Forbes, Lana Bortolot

Thursday, 24 March, 2022

The big interview: Ian Harris on 20 years at the WSET

Ian Harris is leaving WSET in a strong position, as he hands over to Michelle Brampton.
The Drinks Business

Wednesday, 9 March, 2022

Cathy Marston: How E & J Gallo’s MW scholarship has helped my career

E & J Gallo’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Scholarship Fund awards scholarships yearly to support women around the world.
The Buyer, Richard Siddle

Friday, 4 March, 2022

Extraordinary possibilities from a new team player in the wine and hospitality industry

Apeirogon Youth Development Academy is a brave, new platform for skills development in the Wine and Hospitality Industry.
Apeirogon, Roxan Waldeck

Wednesday, 12 January, 2022

WSET announces Michelle Brampton as new CEO

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed Michelle Brampton as its new CEO.
WSET Global

Tuesday, 11 January, 2022

A cork dork’s guide to alternative wine closures

While alternative styles of bottle closures are nothing new to the wine world — as screw caps and composite corks are becoming industry staples — there are myriad new types of wine closures that have been making the rounds lately.
Vinepair, Emily Cappiello

Thursday, 6 January, 2022

The differences between wild and cultivated Yeast, explained

Cara Morrison, Chardonnay winemaker at Sonoma-Cutrer in California’s Russian River Valley, believes in the power of yeast.
Wine Enthusiast, Mekita Rivas

Thursday, 6 January, 2022

WSET returns to mainland China

The global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications announced today that it has received approval to set up a representative office as an overseas non-government organisation (ONGO) and can therefore resume its business operations in China after a year of suspension.
Decanter, WSET returns to mainland China

Tuesday, 4 January, 2022

5 Best white wine glasses (buying tips, white vs red glasses)

Wondering which white wine glasses to buy, and whether the glass shape will affect your whole tasting experience?
vino vest, Anthony Zhang

Wednesday, 29 December, 2021

The judgement of Napa: commemorating the 1976 tasting

The Judgement of Paris has become one of those rare moments in the history of wine that, the further we get from it, the greater its importance seems to become.
Forbes, Brian Freedman

Monday, 27 December, 2021

Understanding slate soils in wine

How does anything possibly grow enveloped by rocks? Although the sight of slate in vineyards might seem ominous, the soil type is perfect for growing wine grapes.
Wine Enthusiast, Amanda Best

Monday, 27 December, 2021

Young drinkers flock to organic wine

With the festive season undoubtedly taking up everyone's time, here's the latest round-up of news stories that may have passed you by.
Wine-searcher, Oliver Styles

Monday, 27 December, 2021

‘Leave it until the morning after’: how to properly wash wine glasses

Whether you’re chucking them in the dishwasher or rinsing them by hand, cleaning your best glasses requires care – and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
The Guardian, Fiona Donnelly

Friday, 24 December, 2021

Decanting wine: when and how to do it

You might have that special bottle saved for the season's festivities. But does it need to be decanted? Andy Howard MW explains which wines benefit from decanting and gives a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
Decanter, Andy Howard MW

Friday, 24 December, 2021

Can added sulfites in wine actually prevent headaches?

New research finds that even small additions of the compound can eliminate molecules believed to cause adverse reactions to certain wines.
Wine Spectator, Taylor McBride

Thursday, 23 December, 2021

Look out for these wine trends in 2022

What will be in your wine glass in 2022? It is time to consider the wine trends in line to shape our drinking next year.
IOL, Lutho Pasiya

Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

Our highlights of 2021

In a year that took a lot from so many and left the wine industry high and dry. With much to look forward to, we had the opportunity to celebrate quite a few silver linings in 2021.

Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

Is it ever okay to put ice in wine?

Jacques Tranier used to believe that putting ice in wine was sacrilege. But one hot August night in a bar on the Côte d’Azur, the managing director of the Vinovalie winemaking cooperative in Southwest France witnessed something revelatory.
Wine Enthusiast, Chrissie Mcclatchie

Friday, 17 December, 2021

I say variety, you say varietal, let’s call the whole thing wine

If you’ve ever heard a sommelier mention their favorite varietal, or discuss how Pinot Noir is a difficult varietal to grow, and a little song has played in your head — you mean variety, not varietal — then you’re already aware of an extremely common misuse in wine lingo: confusing variety and varietal.
Pix, Rachel Signer

Thursday, 16 December, 2021

The best wine books of 2021

How do you write a wine book that appeals to the general reader?
TimAtkin.com, Henry Jeffreys

Sunday, 12 December, 2021

Wine: New and old vs emerging and established

For decades, the primary division in the world of wine was between the "Old World" of European wines and the "New World" of North America, Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere.
Phys.org, David Bradley

Tuesday, 7 December, 2021

Best Online Sources for Upping Your Wine IQ

The ways in which we can learn about wine are increasing all the time—through dedicated websites, online publications, podcasts, books, industry reports and social media. In part 1 of this series on wine know-how, Forbes will offer up a few sources of virtual inspiration, information and (sometimes) entertainment.
Forbes, Lana Bortolot

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Exploring Sauvignon Blanc with Vino Noir

wine.co.za brings you another Learn video. The Vino Noir brothers Qhama and Thulani Xhali wax lyrical about South Africa's most popular white grape variety - Sauvignon Blanc.

Friday, 8 October, 2021

Watch and Learn: Celebrate #PinotageDay by getting to know this proudly South African red grape variety with Vino Noir

Join dynamic duo Qhama and Thulani from Vino Noir as they chat through more about the red grape variety - Pinotage and what it is.

Friday, 3 September, 2021

Watch and Learn: Get to know Cabernet Sauvignon with Vino Noir

The Vino Noir Gents are back, and learning about wine has never been more entertaining and fun. Join dynamic duo Qhama and Thulani from VINO NOIR as they chat through more about the red grape variety - Cabernet Sauvignon and what it is. #CabernetDay

Wednesday, 21 July, 2021

Wine Press: South African Chenin Blanc white wines outstanding bargains

Certain wine regions and particular types of grapes often get unfairly overlooked. That’s why I made a point recently of writing about several, outstanding Pinotage red wines from South Africa. This week, I wanted to highlight another outstanding type of wine from this country on the southern tip of Africa that’s ideal for sultry, summer afternoons and evenings – Chenin Blanc.
MassLive, Ken Ross

Friday, 18 June, 2021

Keen to learn more about wine?

Are you a newbie to wine? Or just want to up your wine cred? wine.co.za's new Learn space is a good start, and will be expanding its content over the next few months
Judy Brower | wine.co.za

Friday, 1 May, 2020

Destemming and whole bunch fermentation explained

Natasha Jacka, a final year Oenology student at Elsenburg, writes about destemming and whole bunch fermentation in winemaking.
Natasha Jacka