The World of Slurp

  1. South American Wines with Altitude

    South American Wines with Altitude In recent years, a trend has emerged where winemakers have been increasingly using the term “high-altitude” on their wine labels as a major selling point.  This has especially been the case in the South American wine-producing countries of Chile and Argentina which sit on either side of the snow-capped Andes mountain range.  Vines Read more...
  2. Australia’s Limestone Coast: The Secret’s in the Soil

    Australia’s Limestone Coast: The Secret’s in the Soil It is all too easy to generalise about Australian wines particularly if you remember the brash, oaky white butter-bombs and jammy, high-alcohol reds that were the height of fashion a few decades ago.  Too often, wine drinkers still perceive Aussie wines as straightforward and lacking in complexity.  However, with its vast size, enormous Read more...
  3. A Tour of Bordeaux

    A Tour of Bordeaux French wine labels are notoriously difficult for budding wine enthusiasts to understand.  Unlike their new world counterparts which state the wine’s predominant grape varieties on the label, the French traditionally specify the area where the wine was produced and make the assumption that wine buyers know which grape varieties are used in Read more...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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