"Wines are like people. Some are perfect but boring, some are precocious but fail to live up to their promise, and some may be flawed, but the way they may develop is endlessly fascinating."
Wine and Glass
For more than 3000 years, glass has played a unique role in the history of wine, in terms of both serving and storage. Glass vessels were known in the Ancient world and became common during Roman times. Wine was sometimes drunk from glass tumblers and glass bottles were used as decanters for carrying wine to the table, but not for storage because they were too fragile.
The problem with the fragility, was only solved in the early 17th century, when a timber shortage led to the introduction of coal-fired furnaces in England. These dark, strong, onion shaped bottles where soon after used for long-distance transport of wine. With this also came the possibility of ageing wine and of course the use of cork.
Meanwhile a revolution in drinking glasses had emanated from England. 1675 the discovery how to make Lead crystal, gave a whole new style of English glassware. By the end of the 18th century the concept of a uniformly decorated glass service was well established throughout Europe.
Wine glasses today are an important instrument for communicating wine to the human senses. Completely plain, uncoloured, unengraved, uncut glass, preferably as thin as is practicable are preferred by professionals as well as amateurs nowadays. The ideal wine glass, also has a stem, so that the consumer can hold the glass without necessarily affecting the wine’s temperature.
George Riedel, an Austrian glass maker, even went so far and designed a series of different glasses not just for bordeaux or rhone wines, but also very grape specific ones.
New "Wine of Origin" District introduced
The profile of South African wine is set to attract greater international attention now that a new Wine of Origin District named after Cape Town, one of the world’s foremost tourism brands, has been approved by the South African Wine and Spirit Board. Our beloved Nitida Wine Estate is one of the estates that will be affected by these changes.
Smoked Snoek Pâté
You can’t always sit on the West Coast and braai fresh Snoek. So why not smoke some and turn it into delicious snoek pâté. A slice of warm toast or ciabatta smeared with it, is guaranteed to help you to pass time until the next freshly caught Snoek Braai and amazingly it also goes really well with Pinotage. Try it with a elusive Beeslaar Pinotage, if you are one of the lucky ones who got hold of it. Otherwise Pella from Super Single Vineyards and Alleé Bleue, produce some really great stuff as well.
Things We Like
Dry land bush wines
Wine made from dry land bush vines create far better fruit concentration than vines subjected to unnatural vineyard practices, like irrigation. The structure and complexity in these smaller berries bring intense colour, added body and passionate flavours. Great examples of such wines are made by Eenzaamheid and David & Nadia.
Available at Winematters; situated on 324 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek