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The World of Slurp

  1. The Coming of Age of Pinotage

    The Coming of Age of Pinotage The Coming of Age of Pinotage In recent years, the fortunes of many New World wine producing countries have become inextricably linked with specific grape varieties that originate from Europe.  Despite being European grapes, Malbec is now associated with Argentina, Sauvignon Blanc has become synonymous with New Zealand and Carmenère is Read more...
  2. Care for Wild Wines: The Wine Brand Helping to Save Endangered Rhinos

    Care for Wild Wines: The Wine Brand Helping to Save Endangered Rhinos If Covid has taught us anything, it has made us appreciate the world around us and reflect upon what we have previously taken for granted.  It has been a good time to take stock and recognise that we need to make changes if we want to leave the next generation with the legacy of a more compassionate world.  However, months of lockdown Read more...
  3. Soaking Up the End of Summer with Sangria

    Soaking Up the End of Summer with Sangria For those of you who aren’t ready to put away the sun loungers and barbecue just yet, we have the perfect drink to give your end-of-summer picnics and garden bashes a sultry Spanish vibe. Nothing says fiesta like a refreshing glass of sangría, Spain’s most famous cocktail, but from where does it originate and how do you make authentic sangria Read more...
  4. Saving South African Wines from a Lockdown Hangover

    Saving South African Wines from a Lockdown Hangover The South African wine industry finally breathed a sigh of relief at midnight on 17 August when the Federal government scrapped a ban on domestic alcohol sales.  The ban had been in place, apart from a six week relaxation in June and July, since the end of March.  In response to the Covid-19 crisis, South Africa imposed one of the Read more...
  5. Espíritu de Chile – Capturing the Spirit of Chile through Wine

    Espíritu de Chile – Capturing the Spirit of Chile through Wine Wine, like music, has the ability to evoke memories of places, people and experiences with amazing clarity.  Sipping a glass of Riesling Kabinett can easily transport you back to a holiday in the Mosel Valley or tasting a white Port can remind you of a lazy summer’s afternoon spent in a Porto bar overlooking the Douro River. However, in Read more...
  6. La Rioja Alta – Sticking to Tradition with a Modern Twist

    La Rioja Alta – Sticking to Tradition with a Modern Twist Rioja, in northeastern Spain, is arguably the country’s most well-known wine growing region.  It is a sparsely-populated but scenic part of Spain huddled around the Ebro River Valley.  Tourists are enticed by its walled medieval villages and acres of gnarly vines, set against a spectacular backdrop of the often snow-capped Cantabrian Read more...
  7. The Crème de la Crémant

    The Crème de la Crémant  Crémant is undoubtedly one of France’s best kept secrets.  While Champagne has achieved world-wide fame and status, crémant (pronounced CRAY-MONT) has fallen under the radar despite also being a French sparkling wine which is produced in the same way as Champagne. So what is crémant and what differentiates it from Champagne? The term Cr Read more...
  8. Verdejo – The Green, Green Grape of Spain

    Verdejo – The Green, Green Grape of Spain When faced with the choice of which wine to buy, most consumers stick with what they know.  It’s easier and safer to choose the same refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, smooth Merlot or spicy Shiraz over and over again because you’ve tried them before and you know what to expect from the bottle.  That said, you don’t tend to eat the same Read more...
  9. Domaine Mirabeau: Ten Years in Provence

    Domaine Mirabeau:  Ten Years in Provence It has been over thirty years since Peter Mayle’s bestselling memoir “A Year in Provence” was published, detailing the trials and tribulations of leaving life in England behind and embarking on his long-cherished dream of relocating to the Provence region of Southern France.  The book sparked an obsession among Mayle’s readers for the Read more...
  10. Passionate about Passito

    Passionate about Passito “Passito” is the name used to describe wines made from the appassimento method; the practice of making wine from partially shrivelled grapes which are allowed to either raisin on the vine or become dried out using various methods. This winemaking technique dates back over 3000 years and was common-place in ancient Mediterranean wine-growing Read more...

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