May is traditionally a jolly busy time for many UK based wine merchants. It’s Bordeaux en primeur season, where, in “normal” times, you’d find tasting rooms swarming with winos swirling, slurping and lauding the virtues of one such barrel sample of wine from the most recent vintage
With a post lockdown opening date for restaurants on the horizon but still very much in the distance, now is the time to ease those final weeks of waiting with some knockout pairings to lift your takeway to the heights
I travel a fair amount to make wine, and when I meet people while I'm away one of the first things I’m asked, usually with an incredulous look, is: does England make wine?
Wine is inundated with fancy pants terms designed to bamboozle even the most vinous minded among us. So here's Swig scribe Darren with a few words to help demystify even the most convoluted among them.
Winemakers don't come much more creatively brilliant than the genius that is Pieter Walser. He's the sort of man that's had more fantastic ideas before breakfast than we manage in a whole week and that talent shines through in his wines. Each comes with a story often as captivating as they are mystifying so we've asked him to record a few to give you an insight into the magic behind the vino!
As far as we know, no one has yet produced a vaccine to protect against Adi Badenhorst. So contagious is his lust for life that you can't help but be infected by it, whether it means you find yourself bundled into the back of his Silverado and taken on a bone-rattling tour of his vineyards or dragged into his cellar to lend a hand with the blending. While this pesky global pandemic is stopping us from being there in person we couldn't resist sharing these fantastic videos from the man himself.