K9’s of the red wine world…

We welcomed a new pooch into our homes last  week (a Shetland collie, at least this is what the animal welfare said, we still need to see how he turns out, but the early signs looks promising). Looking at the dogs running amok in our back yard, while sipping on some Shiraz, I thought about […]

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Age before beauty?

You have treated yourself a bit and bought an expensive case of red wine. Now you would like to know when the optimal time would be to drink this wine. In my line of work I often get this question…In other words, what is the ageing potential of a red wine? I attended a great […]

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The wood must respect the fruit…

A favourite motto of barrel producers (coopers) is that the wood must respect the fruit in wine, something a certain ex-president of ours were not really inclined to do with our constitution… So let’s zoom(a)  into the main differences between new and old oak barrels used for winemaking… About a decade ago the use of […]

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Fine with fining your wine?

The other day I received a notice from the traffic department, a speeding fine. I required a large glass of wine before opening it, but fortunately not too bad…. However, did you know that fining often also takes place when wine is made? No, I am not referring here to a disciplinary action, but rather […]

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Big bad Brett in wine

Ever heard of the bad boy in wine making? No, I am not referring to a winemaker and his mood at the end of harvest… Winemakers will often add yeast to grape must to complete the alcoholic fermentation, but not all yeasts are equal and good for the wine’s quality for that matter! Brettanomyces is a […]

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