New Year wine resolutions

Tuesday, 1 January, 2013
Shante Hutton,
Every year, most of us plan our New Year's resolutions and we're no different. Here's our 2013 commandments.
-    Thou shalt not judge a wine by its cover

In such a visual world, it’s very easy to get caught up in the imagery and design of something. One can, without  thinking, pick a wine simply because it appeals to your visionary senses but, like a good book, it’s about what is inside the bottle.  We demonstrate this with our budget wines of choice this month. Take a look at our Spotlight video.

-    Thou shalt not always serve red wine at room temperature

Sometimes, just sometimes, a red wine actually needs a slight coolness. And it’s not a bad thing. This does not mean I am condoning ice cubes in wine, that is sacrilegious. I am merely suggesting that you chill the more spicy red varieties for a little while before drinking.

-    Thou shalt always buy Chardonnay

It has had a bad rep but now South Africa is at the stage where we know exactly the temperatures needed and the correct oak to be used to be able to produce some of the World’s best Chardonnays. Look in our wine shop for great buys.

-    Thou shalt not drink and drive

There really is no excuse for ever getting into your car whilst under the influence. If you haven't read Cathy Marston's article then do so here. The amount of shuttle and decent taxi services on offer for getting you home safely from a drinking experience, means that you no longer have to rely on the excuse of "but I'm fine, I'm a very careful driver". Enjoy your wine and enjoy arriving back home safe and sound...okay, perhaps not completely sound.

-    Thou shalt visit the Winelands

It was on the 2nd February 1659 that the first wine recorded in South Africa was produced and we've never stopped. The region is steeped in culture and history and is continually evolving. It is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse with something for every one to do.
With, you can Eat, Sleep, Do, Taste and Tour in the Winelands.

What are your resolutions for 2013?