Monthly Archives: June 2012

Wine Storing hints

Storing wine is very important, but sometimes overlooked. It can be tricky sometimes given to certain circumstances, but doesn’t need to be fine art.

Most wines are now sold ready for drinking and do not need to be left to mature, however, most will improve in flavour if kept for a while before drinking if stored in the right conditions, with the exception of very light-bodied or cheap red wines.

Given the right conditions the length of time a wine should keep varies with its type and year of production.  The weather affects the acidity and tannin content of grapes and these, in turn, affect the way it keeps.  An ordinary wine from a good year may keep as long as a good wine from a poor year. As we are not all wine experts the best idea is to seek help and advice from a good wine merchant.

Some rough rules to remember are that not all wines improve with keeping. Secondly, plonk stays plonk no matter how long you keep it and keep in mind that white wines mature faster and fade faster.

Source: hintsandthings.com

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Nederburg Hamper

Did you watch MasterChef SA last night?

Don’t forget about the great competition we are running, where you can stand a chance to win this fantastic hamper from Nederburg- The official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa.

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The Right Red Wine Temperature

The taste of wine can be altered by different glasses, storage methods, being aerated and with plenty more. But the one thing that immediately affects the taste of wine, is the temperature.

Wine lovers agree that the serving temperature plays a crucial part in enjoying red wines. Most people drink red wines too warm. This may be due to the misunderstood idea that red wines should be drunk at room temperature. The idea of room temperature is fine, the problem is where your room is located. If your room is in northern France, then you are fine. But, if your room is in warmer places, it’s not so much.

Red wine should be drunk at between 16-18°C. The difference that a few degrees can make in the taste of a red wine is dramatic. That slight chill brings out the fruit and makes the wine more refreshing. Some believe that we don’t think of red wines as being refreshing, but they can be at the proper temperature.

Source: ourtribune.com

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Nederburg Hamper

Don’t forget about the great competition we are running, where you can stand a chance to win this fantastic hamper from Nederburg- The official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa.

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Fine wine- Invest or drink your Liquid Assets

Investing in wine is no child’s play, it is serious business and it takes time and patience. The question is, with the drop in fine wine prizes from a year ago, is it worthwhile to stay in the game or not?

“I think there’s plenty of air left in this bubble. There’s more of this drop to come,” economist and author Robin Goldstein said on the sidelines of the American Association of Wine Economists’ (AAWE) annual conference at Princeton University last week.

Some investors are hoping alternative assets like fine wines will net them better returns than those found in the stock and bond markets these days. Studies show that few wines will indeed outperform the S&P 500 over the long term, but the asset class also has great volatility.

Experts and academic studies recommend investors approach fine wine as they would gold, though wine is much harder to buy and sell. They suggest it make up no more than 5 percent or 10 percent of a portfolio.

There are at least two other requirements to consider: the minimum investment should be at least three cases worth (roughly $30,000 for an investment grade Bordeaux) if taking possession of the wines and a very long-term time horizon.

Minimum investments at wine funds – financial companies that act as asset managers and mutual funds that buy cases without any intention of drinking them – range from a low of 10,000 pounds ($15,525) to 100,000 euros ($126,400).

Prices for fine wines sky-rocketed during 2009 and 2010, but seem to have peaked about a year ago, according to the Liv-ex 100, an industry benchmark, or composite price index.

Read more… mobile.reuters.com

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The choice of wine and cheese pairing

Whether it’s hosting a stylish event or just having some friends over, the wine and cheese are an intricate part of the success. With so many options to choose from, it can be slightly overwhelming. When it comes to deciding on wines and cheeses, here are a few suggestions to make the choice easier.

Soft, strong cheeses tend to go well with white wines, while hard, mild cheeses work well with red. Sweet wines and fruity wines work with a lot more cheeses, especially the smelly ones. Of course, there’s also the issue of which variety of cheese goes with which variety of wine. For example, there are several types of mild cheddar, Stilton and Gouda, so how’s a poor dinner party hostess to know which one to choose?

Some suggest pairing cheese with wine from the same region, as the flavours will almost certainly be complementary. Brie and Chardonnay, Parmesan and Chianti – these are a couple of suggested pairings. You could try Shiraz with a mature cheddar or a Sauvignon to accompany goat’s cheese. And a salty Blue Cheese is best accompanied by a drop of Port. With hundreds of wine and cheese varieties, it can get difficult to choose, so perhaps you shouldn’t. Instead, place a selection of wines and cheeses on the table and leave it to your guests to choose their own pairings.

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Nederburg Hamper

Great episode of MasterChef SA last night.

 

Remember, we are running a great competition where you can stand a chance to win this fantastic hamper from Nederburg- The official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa.

To enter click- http://tinyurl.com/ckkly6u
Mobi users- http://tinyurl.com/cprmuj7

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