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10 Best Wines For 2018 Christmas Dates

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Champagnes and sparkling wines have been the toast of Christmas and New Year holiday dates but there is no ruling out red, white and rose still wines from the mix.

Wines are beautiful, fruity with a complex acidity which makes it a perfect choice for the end of the year festivities.

So this Christmas, whether you’re marking a wedding anniversary or having an end-of-the-year last supper with your special one, let the beautiful, fruity and complex acidity of wines make the memories remarkable in your mind.

We scouted and brought you 10 special wines that are fit for your Christmas date.

Red Wine

Carlo Rossi Sweet Red

Price: 1,640 – Buy now!

If you had a good and memorable year, there is no better choice than Carlo Rossi Sweet Red. The light-medium body of this wine, combined with its fresh notes of flower and flavours of bright red fruits will match your Christmas Day chicken stew and/or pepper soup.

Robertson Chapel Sweet Red

Price: 1,150 – Buy now!

This special South African wine is not just sweet, but juicy, smooth and bursting with cherry and ripe banana flavours. It is an easy-to-drink red wine that helps you ease away the stress of the year while simmering in the excitement of the season. It does not shy away from spicy meals when paired during dates.

Chateau De Pez

Price: 17,140 – Buy now!

Chateau De Pez 2011 is a deep-coloured wine with a young rim. Aromas of black fruit and spices are revealed on the nose with a dense palate, bodied and full of lingering fragrance in the finish. With a bottle of Chateau de Pez set in front of you, your Christmas date gets a luxury feel to it.

Frontera Merlot

Price: 1,560 – Buy now!

Frontera Merlot is an intense, full-bodied wine with a deep red colour. A rich, herbal nose offers blends nicely with good composition and fruity flavours to give your Christmas evening that unique palatable feeling.

Thomas Barton Bordeaux

Price: 4,550 – Buy now!

Thomas Barton Bordeaux is a very attractive wine with an intense, ripe, raspberry nose and tobacco overtones. It is well structured on the palate with plenty of fruit, good balance and great taste. Having been aged for three months, it brings elegance to your dining set for Christmas.

Terrazas Malbec

Price: 4,620 – Buy now!

Terrazas Malbec is made from carefully selected grapes from terraces in the top quality districts of Mendoza. Aged for 12 months in oak casks, it has fruity aromas of black cherries, prunes and raisins. Hints of vanilla, caramel and toast appear as it opens up. The palate is powerful with concentrated round and ripe tannins. This is red wine redefined for your seafood dinners!

White Wine

Carlo  Rossi Sweet Moscato White

Price: 1,640 – Buy now!

Carlo Rossi Moscato Sweet White is a light-bodied sweet and fruity wine layered with floral notes. Hints of tree and stone fruits create very fresh flavours. For an enjoyable dinner date, ensure that it is served chilled.

Nederburg Chardonnay

Price: 3,850 – Buy now!

An impressive white wine from South Africa, Nederburg Chardonnay is a darling to the taste buds. It is full-bodied wine with balanced flavours of light butter, vanilla, citrus and green apple. Its green-tinted clear hue is much more a reminder of a fruitful year rather than the Christmas Grinch.

Rose Wines

Antares Cab. Sauv. Rose

Price: 2,290 – Buy now!

Antares Cabernet Sauvignon Rose has a delightful appearance and lovely floral aromas. It has a lively pink colour of medium intensity and characterised by citric notes which combine perfectly with intense red fruit flavours such as strawberries and raspberries. On the palate, the wine is fresh and silky and has a lovely finish. The Antares Cabernet Sauvignon is best served as an aperitif before your Christmas dinner.

Provence by OTT

Price: 5,950 – Buy now!

Provence Rose By OTT is an elegant, pale and crystal-clear pink rose wine with orange undertones. Delicate and fruity on the nose, the wine has notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The palate is full, fresh and crisp with hints of citrus fruits and sweet spices.

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Why You Should Drink Organic Wines

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These days, everyone is going natural.  We want to be healthier and more chemical-free than ever. The women want to go back to home births and birth their young in the comfort of their own homes as it used to be. They would hold their bedposts and scream out their lungs while the husband paced the hallways, waiting for the shrill cry of the newborn. They want to go back to the hair texture they had at birth. No more relaxers and heat. The only heat they would let in is the natural heat of the Sun. The only curls allowed are the kinky type that declares them Africans and then, of course, the Bantu nuts, twist outs and the likes, not the curls created with tools of intense heat. The only body art everyone wants is the Henna body art made with natural herbs to nourish the skin while beautifying it.

These days, Herbal doctors and treatments are on the rise. Going to the hospital to see medical doctors is no longer the only option. Now, people understand that those drugs from the hospitals are processed herbs and when possible, it is best to get the herb and enjoy better results, many times with fewer side effects. Now, everyone knows that Healthy food is medicine. More and more people are embracing the philosophy of food as medicine, not just body fuel.

Eru, ogiri, okpeyi and other local spices are fast replacing the heavily processed ones. Ofada rice that was once the food of the poor is now the king of the show because Nigerians want healthy food. They do not want to just eat for eating sake, they want food that will work much harder than an ordinary body fuel. People are choosing Honey over sugar, Crayfish over seasoning cubes, unprocessed whole grains over processed, beautiful and empty grains.

It is no wonder that they would choose organic products that are healthy and free of harmful chemicals. If you thought to go healthy means forfeiting red wine, think again. You can still enjoy your favourite red wine, but this time around, it is organic red Italian wine you should be looking for. You need to look no further than Nigeria’s leading online drink store.

If you like the natural things of life that are free from chemicals, you will like Organic red Italian wines. They are healthy and pesticide free. They are produced with organically grown grapes in a manner that will not adversely affect the environment. In order to have organically grown grapes, a vineyard manager must implement an entirely different set of practices to maintain their vines.

Organic wines are also free from additives and do not contain sulfites. Just like regular red wine, the organic version also protects against heart disease and stroke, helps increase good cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol and helps prevent blood clots. Best of all, Organic red wines are higher in antioxidants than the regular red wine. In fact, the health benefits of red wines are increased in organic red wine. So drink organic.

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10 Frequently Asked Wine Questions Answered

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There is pleasure in enjoying a good glass of wine, but we can’t argue that there are some frequently asked wine questions (FAQs) that still bug wine lovers.

Should I refrigerate my wine? What other alcohol can I mix with wine? How many servings are there in a bottle of wine? The questions go on and on.

Whether it is a red wine, white wines, sparkling, rose or moscato, there puzzling factors about wines which leads many wine lovers to ask series of questions.

Well, here are answers to 10 of the frequently asked questions about wine:

  1. Should I chill my wine?

    The question should be why not? Chilling your wine makes the flavours of the wine to be sharp and fresh, and the wine’s textures will find full expression.

    Reds should be chilled between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit, while white wines are best anywhere from about 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    You are free to refrigerate, pop the bottle in an ice bucket or use a wine chiller. We advise against putting ice into the glass of wine as this will only water down the wine. Also, avoid putting in the freezer, as quick temperature change is no friend of wines.

    At the end of the day, how chill your wine is up to your own personal choice – just make sure to enjoy it.

  2. Should I decant my wine?

    Again, decanting is a matter of choice. But it is best to taste the wine before decanting.

    Reason why? If you taste a wine and it’s so tight then you can decant; if you decant first and then find that the wine lost some fruit to the air, there’s no going back.

    As a rule of thumb, it is always more advisable to decant older wine than a fresh one.

  3. How long does wine last after being opened?

    If placed on the counter, most wines will last a day when opened. Storing in the refrigerator allows most wines to last up to a week.

    Generally, it is better not to store wine for more than a week once its opened, it is only spirit drinks that can last a long time.

  4. Why do some wines give headaches?

    It is not the sulfites in the wine in case you have been told that before. ‘Wine headaches’ are really a personal issue – something best discussed with a physician.

    While some people could get a headache from red wines, others get it from just a sip of white wine. It all depends on how the drink works with your body metabolism.

    However, there is every possibility that the sugar in the wines contribute to the headaches as too much sugar removes the water in our brains, leading to a headache.

  5. If the cork breaks, does that mean my wine is bad?

    No. At least not in all cases. If a wine cork breaks while you are trying to open it, then either of three things have happened:

        1. The wine was not properly stored, leaving the cork dry and fragile. This is why it pays to store your wine in humid conditions, while lying on its side so that the wine stays in contact with the cork to keep it nice and moist.
        2. The wine might be prematurely oxidized. If this is the case, it means the cork shriveled up enough to let some air inside the bottle. It is best not to drink such a wine as most of the flavours must have escaped and it will taste blank on the palate.
        3. You didn’t screw the corkscrew in far enough (or centered well enough), leading to breakage because of the pressure applied. If this happens, push the cork in and decant your wine before drinking.

  7. Can I buy a good bottle of wine under N5k?

    Why not? There are several good wines out there that go at an affordable price. If you are in doubt, click here to see the best wines you can get for N5k and under.

  8. Why are rose wines pink?

    Generally, wines get their colours from the grapes used to make them. Red grapes are used to make rose wines, but it is surprising why they turn pink at the end instead of red.

    There are three ways in which rose wines get their colour:

        1. Red wine grapes are allowed to macerate in the juice for short a period of time before the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine.
        2. The juice is bled off when making red wines, and the bled-off juice is put into a new vat to make red wines.
        3. A little bit of red wine is added to a white wine vat to make a rose wine.

  10. How many servings are there in a bottle of wine

    Most bottles of wine are between 70-75cl. The standard fill for a glass of wine is about 6 ounces, which means a 75cl bottle of wine  will serve four standard glasses of wine. Keep that in mind when getting set for that big family dinner.

  11. What wines should I serve at a party?

    Except your intended guests have a particular wine brand that they stick to, then its best to serve them a wine that ain’t too strong so they don’t have to stagger home.

    At best, any wine with an ABV around 13.5% is good enough for your party. You don’t want your guests getting too drunk, do you?

  12. I love so-and-so wine, should I get it?

    The question is, can you afford it? If you can, why hesitate. A bottle of wine is only as good as the drinker thinks. A recent study has confirmed that we taste wines with our brains and not our tongues.

    So go ahead, if you love that bottle of merlot, or you are curious about that rose, or something about that cabernet sauvignon excites you, don’t dull; just pay for it and take your ‘baby’ home.


Can I mix wines with other alcohols?

Of course you can mix your wine with any other alcohol – it is why cocktails were invented. There are several amazing cocktails that are wine-based. Not only do these cocktails give off a good feeling to the palate, they infuse a whole new adventure to wine drinking.

So go ahead and do the mixing, but make sure to read up on cocktails you can make with wine so as to know the right amount to pour into the glass.


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Do You Know Major Types of White Wines?

As you should already know, white wine is wine produced by the alcoholic fermentation of the non-coloured pulp of grapes, which may have a skin of any colour.

White wines themselves could be straw-yellow, yellow-green, or yellow-gold. Knowing white wine styles by variety and production area would help with better understanding and appreciating them. Some white wine grape variety could produce dry white wine or sweet white wine. Others could be made bubbly or still.

When only one variety is mentioned on the label, the wine is called a “varietal” and is named after the grape with a capital initial. Varietal wines primarily bring the fruit to bear, because how the wine tastes much depends on the grape variety. Below are seven major white wines styles by variety and production area:


Chardonnay has been the most popular white grape since the 1990s. Pronounced “shar-do-nay”, it can be made sparkling or still. This grape variety is a great choice for fish, including salmon, and chicken dishes. Chardonnay makes the principle white wine of Burgundy (Bourgogne, France), where it originated. It’s quite versatile and grown successfully in most viticultural areas under a variety of climatic conditions. Still, it only amounts to 2% of the world vine areas. Total chardonnay vines cover more than 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres). As at 2005, the biggest states were:

  1. U.S.A.: California: 44,509 ha; Oregon and Washington state: 3,200 ha
  2. France: 35,252 ha
  3. Australia: 22,528 ha
  4. Italy: 11,800 ha
  5. Moldavia: 6,000 ha
  6. South Africa: 8,000 ha
  7. Chile: 7,500 ha
  8. Argentina: 5,155 ha

Chardonnay wines are often wider-bodied and more velvety than other types of dry whites, with rich citrus flavours. When fermented in new oak barrels, chardonnay adds buttery tones of vanilla, toast, coconut, and toffee for instance.

Sauvignon Blanc

Pronounced “so-veen-yawn blah”, sauvignon blanc is grown in the Bordeaux region where it is blended with Semillon, but the Loire Valley and New Zealand also produce some excellent sauvignon blanc varietals. Some Australian Sauvignon Blancs, grown in warmer areas, tends to be flat and lack fruity qualities. Sauvignon blanc usually shows a herbal character suggesting bell pepper or freshly mown grass. The dominating flavours range from sour green fruits of apples, pears and gooseberries through to tropical fruits of melon, mango and blackcurrant. Sauvignon blanc is significantly versatile, paired best with seafood, poultry, and salads.


Sémillon is the major white grape in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s also known as hunter (river riesling), boal/bual of Madeira, Chevrier, Colombier, Malaga and blanc doux. Sémillon is also grown in Chile, Argentina, Australia, and California. The Sémillon wine varietal usually features distinct fig-like character.  This white wine type is often blended with sauvignon blanc to delimit its strong berry-like flavours. It goes with fish, but dry Sémillon pairs well with clams, mussels, and pasta salad. Sémillon is pronounced “say-mee-yaw”.


Moscato (mos-cato) is grown in most vine-friendly climates, including Italy, the Rhône Valley, where it is called Muscat Blanc à petits grains, and Austria, where it is called Muskateller. The variety belongs to the Muscat family of grapes along with Moscatel and muscat ottonel. Often sweet and always fruity with a characteristic grape-fruity and musky aroma, Moscato wines are easily recognised by people who have tasted a Muscat table grape. It is best enjoyed on its own, but sweet Moscato wines pair well with dessert.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is planted extensively in the Venezia and Alto Adige regions of Italy. It’s also grown in the western coastal regions of the United States of America. Pinot Grigio is called “Malvoisie” in the Loire Valley and “pinot gris” in the rest of France. In Germany and Austria, pinot grigio is known as “Ruländer” or “Grauer Burgunder”. Similar aliases are used in the German-settled regions of Australia. Pronounced “pee-no gree-zo’, this is one of the most versatile of the white wine variety. It is typically crisp on the palate. The dry pinot grigio wines with good acid “bite” usually come from Italy and Germany. Oregon or Alsace Pinot Gris offers aromatic, fruity flavours.


Gewürztraminer (Gah-vurtz-tra-meener) is most popular in wines from Alsace, Germany, the United States West Coast, and New York. It’s known as a considerably aromatic variety. The varietal wines have fruity flavours with aromas of rose petals, peaches, lychees, and allspice. A Gewürztraminer is generally considered not as refreshing as other types of dry whites. This is ideal for sipping. It pairs perfectly with Asian food, pork and grilled sausages.


The classic German grape of the Rhine and Mosel, Riesling grows in all wine regions. Germany’s great Rieslings are usually made slightly sweet, with steely acidity for balance. Riesling from Alsace and the Eastern United States is also fantastic, though usually made in a different style, equally aromatic but typically drier. California Rieslings are much less successful, usually sweet without sufficient acidity for balance.

Riesling wines are much lighter than Chardonnay wines. The aromas usually include fresh apples. The riesling variety expresses itself very differently depending on the district and the winemaking. A riesling should taste fresh. If it does, then it might also prove tastier and tastier as it ages.

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Do You Know the Residual Sugar Level in your Wine?

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The sugar level in wine is determined during fermentation when the grape’s innate sugar is converted to alcohol.

If fermentation is stopped well before all of the sugar is converted to alcohol, the wine will contain more residual sugar and taste sweeter.

Generally, sweet dessert wines, late harvest wines, fortified wines, and many regional Rieslings with lower alcohol levels of under 11% ABV contain elevated sugar levels.

For wine lovers who happen to be dieters, particular attention is given to the amount of sugar intake. The empty calories in sugar wreak havoc on insulin levels, aggravate health issues in some of us and can lead to insomnia while also making us gain weight.

So, it’s only natural to know the level of residual sugar contained in a bottle of wine.

Levels of Residual Sugar in Wine

  • Dry Reds and Dry Whites: These wines tend to be lower in residual sugar levels weighing in at 0.1-0.3% sugar per litre. In other words, with 1 to 3 grams of sugar per litre of wine, red and dry white wines often have considerably low sugar levels.
  • Champagne: If you’re looking to lower sugar intake on sparkling wines, go for extra dry, brut, or extra brut sparkling wine and Champagne as the residual sugar levels will be in the 0.6 – 2.0% sugar per litre range (or 6 to 20 grams of sugar per litre of wine), with extra brut being the driest wine and lowest in sugar content.
  • Off-Dry Wines: Most of these have a residual sugar range of up to 1-3% (or 10 to 30 grams of sugar per litre), so they tend to be a little sweeter on the palate.
  • Fortified Wines: The sweeter fortified wines such as Port, Sherry, and Marsala can weigh in as high as 15% residual sugar (or 150 grams of sugar per litre) but often runs a little lower in the 5% range.
  • Late Harvest Wines: While popular for being a sweet treat, and often served as dessert, late harvest wines can run as high as 20+% residual sugar with a whopping 200 grams, or more, of sugar per litre.
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All you need to know about Sauvignon Blanc wines

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Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines in the world, with strong ties to Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France.

The name ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ means ‘Wild White”, and it is quite different from other white wines like Chardonnay due to its  green and herbaceous flavour.

The Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes is one of the most widely cultivated in the world, thus giving the wine itself a wide range of styles and flavors from grassy to tropical as well as floral, unique to particular brands.

How is the taste?

Like all white wines, Sauvignon Blanc comes with a fruity taste, the primary ones being lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach. Also, the ripeness of the grapes as well as the time when the wine is produced ensures for how the wine will taste – either zesty lime to flowery peach.

However, the wine stands out from other wines due to its other herbaceous flavours like jalapeño, gooseberry, bell pepper and grass – which all come from aromatic compounds called pyrazines and are the secret to Sauvignon Blanc’s taste.

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry wine.

A sip of Sauvignon Blanc leaves a bit of dryness that comes along with its unique taste. Aside from winemakers in a few producers in regions like New Zealand and California who add a little sugar for a richer texture, most Sauvignon Blanc wines are dry.

Sauvignon Blanc Regions

There are two classes of wine regions that the Sauvignon Blanc belong to. There is the Old World Regions and the New World Regions.

France, with 71,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc grapes leads the Old world category with vineyards found mostly in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Also known as Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Graves, Entre-Deux-Mers, and Touraine.

Italy has over 45,000 est. acres of the grapes found primarily in Northeastern Italy, while Spain follows with about 6,200 acres grown in Central Spain.

Other Regions in the Old world are Romania and Moldova.

The New World Regions include New Zealand with 41,500 acres in the regions of Marlborough, Martinborough, Gisbourne, Hawkes Bay, and Waipara Valley.

The USA has 40,000 acres found mostly in Sonoma and Napa California, Chile has 31,000 acres, South Africa has 23,500 acres and Australia has 17,500 acres grown predominantly in South Australia and Victoria.

What else about Sauvignon Blanc?

The wine has medium acidity which demands it to be served in a temperature of 46 ºF (8 ºC) unoaked, and 52 ºF (11 ºC) oaked.

It is the parent grape to America’s Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties similar to it include: Verdejo, Albariño, Colombard, Grüner Veltliner, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Tocai Friulano, Savignan (rare), Traminer, Sauvignon Vert (rare)

In the US, the wine is known as the Fumé Blanc,  Austrians call it Muskat-Silvaner, the Germans know it as Feigentraube while in Italy, it goes by just Sauvignon.

Sauvignon Blanc blends well with Semillon and Muscadelle in White Bordeaux, and can be served with white meat, fish, herbs, cheese and vegetables.


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5 Rosé Wine Questions Answered

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The craze surrounding rosé wines is almost assuming a cult-like following with many millennials opting for the pink-hued wine at weddings, parties and other social functions.

Rosé wines offer a light refreshing feeling which matches any occasion and suits the sweet palate of the 21st-century wine drinker.

However, while you enjoy the amazing flavours of the rose wine, there are a few things you should know to stand you out among your peers.

1. Where does Rosé get its colour?

Rosé wines do not only get their colour from the mixing of red and white wines. While some producers adopt the method of adding a little red wine to white wine to make rose, others have stuck to the traditional method. That latter involves the immersion of the skin of red grapes in the wine for a short period of time (typically anywhere from 2 to 20 hours). The sooner the grape skins are removed, the lighter the rosé will be; the longer they are allowed to sit in the wine, the deeper pink the rosé.

2. Can I age my Rose?

Wine aging is believed to make the wine taste better. However, for Rose wines, it is best to drink it within 3 years of purchase. Rose does not have the same amount of tannins contained in red wines to enable it to age properly. Even some red wines are no longer capable of aging for long due to the need for commercial production.

3. Can I use Rose Wine for Cocktail?

Rose wines can be used to create a mean cocktail, it all depends on the skills of you mixologist or bartender. Rose can be used in making any style of cocktails, especially when considering most roses are rich in honeydew melon, citrus and rhubarb.

4. What food can I pair it with?

Rose is not selective when it comes to food pairing. From spicy Indian meals, to salads, pizzas and rich burgers, rose is a perfect pair. For those in love with tradtional African dishes, your rose wine pairs beautifully with melon (egusi) soup.

5. What is the best temperature?

Agreed that rosé is awesome when served chilled but there is no wrong in drinking it warm – the flavours are still released, just differently. Because of the casual nature of rosé, you can add ice to it before drinking.

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Don’t Know About Port Wines? Find Out

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Port wines are about one of the sweetest types of wine in the market, and they are unique for a reason. It is a fortified wine that puts the crown on an evening of delicious dinner, inspiring chatter and hearty laughter.

While we all enjoy a glass off port for its distinctive characteristics, some of us may lack certain knowledge about what makes it different from other wines.

Here is everything you should know about Port Wines:

What is Port Wine?

Port is a sweet, rich red wine made in the Iberian Peninsula of Portugal. Although port wines are mostly red, there are a few white port wines. Due to its extra sweet flavour, it is sometimes referred to as a ‘dessert’ wine.

The taste of Port wines differs according to the style with which it was made. However, all Port wines come with a few common flavours. Some of these flavours include berry fruits, chocolate, dried fruits, prune, cinnamon and nuts.

How Port Wine is Made

Port wines are made predominantly from red grapes grown in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. Traditionally, Port is fermented in lagars with people stomping on the grapes with their feet while the wine ferments. With technological advancement, most Port wineries now make use of automatic lagars with mechanical “feet” in place of manual labour.

During fermentation, brandy is added to the wine.The high alcohol content of the brandy prevents the sugars in the wine from turning into alcohol as it ferments. As a result, the wine contains more sugar than other wine, which explains its sweet taste. The addition of brandy to the wine is why it is called ‘fortified wine.’

The Character Of Port

Port wines are usually very sweet owing to the high level of sugar contained in the final product. Also, port wines have a high alcohol volume, with most ports having an alcohol percentage of between 19 and 22 percent.

On the palate, port wines are unique and rich with a heavy mouthfeel. It balances the sweetness and high alcohol in the finish. Fine aged Vintage Port or 30+ year Tawny Port have an even wider array of subtle flavours including graphite, green peppercorn, hazelnut, almond, butterscotch and graham cracker.

Types of Port Wines

  • White Port – is usually a lighter type of port, made with white grapes. Common flavours include citrus peel, roasted nuts, baked apple, and apricot. There is less sweetness to this type of port, and it isn’t aged for as long.
  • Rosé Port – is made with stronger berry flavours including strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry sauce. It usually has a delicious jammy note that gives it a bit more sweetness than the white port, but it’s not as rich as the tawny or ruby port.
  • Tawny Port – gets its name and colour from extended ageing in wooden casks before being bottled. It has mellow flavours of caramel, cloves, cinnamon, hazelnut, fig, and prune.
  • Ruby Port is usually aged for two-three years in vat before being bottled and sold ready to drink.
  • Reserve Port –  it has deep flavours of raspberries, blackberries, chocolate, and cinnamon. It is aged for at least three years before release.
  • Vintage Port – the most expensive Port. It is made in tiny quantities from the best grapes, and only in the very best years. It is aged for two years before being released but can improve for decades in bottle.

How to Drink Port Wine

Serve Port just below room temperature, around 60 °F (16 °C).

Pairing Port Wines with Food

Port wine is best paired with richly flavoured cheeses, chocolate and caramel desserts, salted and smoked nuts, and even sweet-smoky meats (like barbecue). One popular way to serve Ruby Port is on the rocks with a peel of lime.

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10 Truths About Red Wine

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Truth, they say, sets you free, and knowing certain truths about red wine liberate your thirst to go for more of one of the most popular alcoholic beverages.

These fascinating truths will generally change your view about red wine, give you the needed respect among your peers, and make you the ‘uncertified’ sonmellier.

Here are 15 Truths About Red Wine You Should Know:

No! Not France

This one concerns wine in general, of which red wine is arguably the most prominent. Contrary to popular belief that wine originated in France, the oldest known wine making was in Iran back in the Neolithic period. Archeologists have found ancient pottery jars belonging to the Zagros mountain villagers who made and stored wine around 5400 B.C. A royal winemaking industry was also established in the Nile Delta circa 3000 B.C., with the Pharaohs of Egypt enjoying wine to the extent that several jars were buried with them for the afterlife.

Better to drink than not at all

While many people may abhor alcohol consumption in any form, it is, in fact, better to drink red wine than to avoid it totally. As surprising as this may be, the antioxidants found in red wine lower incidences of cardiovascular disease, mortality, and type-2 diabetes. On the other hand, consuming in excess leads to health risks, confirming the fear of those who choose not to drink.

Tannins do the magic

The health benefits in red wine come from the tannins in the wine. The most abundant type of tannisn in red wines are Procyanidins, which are also found in dark chocolate and green tea. Procyanidins inhibit cholesterol plaque in blood vessels, which is highly beneficial to heart health and longevity.

Young wines are better

While old red wines may taste better with age, for health reasons it is better to drink younger wines. There are higher levels of tannins in younger wines than any other type of wine in the market. So it might do you well to forego amazing taste for beneficial richness.

Some red wines are bettet than others

As you would expect, not all red wines carry the same level of benefits for the body. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon wines carry more condensed tannins than Pinot Noir wines. However, both wines have much less tannins when compared to Shiraz.

As a general rule of thumb, note that:

  • Dry red wines are better than sweet red wines
  • Red wines with more tannins are better than those with lesser tannins.
  • Red wines that do not exceed 13% ABV are better than higher alcohol red wines.

Grapes give it colour

The red colour comes from the skin of the grapes used, not from artificial colouring. It is the plant pigment called anthocyanin found in the skin of red grapes that give the wine its colour.

Different grapes – one specie

Don’t let the names confuse you, nearly all red wines made come from one specie of grape. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir all belong to a single species of grape: Vitis vinifera. While other grape species exist, that are very rarely used in winemaking.

China buys more

China has become the leading market for red wine. More than just the refreshing flavour, the Chinese seem to have fallen in love with the wine’s colour. The red colour is favaoured by the governmnent in China, while the populace also see it as a colour of luck.

Even cosmetologists benefit too

Red wine contains resveratrol found which have been found to reduce the scarring caused by radiation and is a component of many cosmetic products and applications.

Organic red wine

Normal red wine is beneficial to the health but organic red wine trumps it. The presence of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides present in normal red wines rob it of its goodness. Meanwhile, organic red wines use 100% organic grapes with absolutely no chemical additives have added to them for processing or preserving. These red wines usually come with “100% Organic” label on the bottles.


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Do You Know Your Wine Glasses?

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Wine glasses are as important as the content of the wine bottle itself. Why? Because using the right wine glass brings out the full aromas and flavours of the wine.

While many of us enjoy drinking wine, we miss out on the perfect experience because of the kind of glasses we pour our wine into.

The basic wine glasses are the red wine and white wine glass. However, there are different glasses for different wine styles – red, white, rose.

We bring you the different types of wine glasses you should know and use.


  • It is usually taller than the traditional red wine glass
  • It has a large bowl that allows both fresh and more matured wines to breathe.
  • Brings out the depth of aromas for from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines.


  • It has a large bowl and slightly tapered rim
  • It is the perfect glass for full-bodied wines as it blends acidity with moderate sweet tannins.


  • This is the standard red wine glass
  • It is tall with a full-size bowl to aerate the wine
  • It has a tapered rim that directs the wine to the centre of the palate.

Pinot Noir

  • It is tall with a narrower rim that directs the wine to the tip of the tongue
  • It is designed specifically for lighter full-bodied wines
  • It suppresses the alcohol and enhances the blend of sweetness and high acidity


  • It has large bowl on a short stem
  • The tapered rim directs the wine to the mid-section of the palate
  • It enhances the spicy and fruity finish of the wines


  • Just like the Cabernet is to red wines, the Chardonnay is the traditional white wine glass
  • It has a large bowl to aerate fresh wines
  • It enhances the spicy and nutty flavours of more matured wines

Champagne/Sparkling Wine Flutes

  • It is stylishly slim and tall to make the bubbles stay longer
  • The slim nature creates aesthetics of the bubbles floating upwards
  • It enhances the richness and complexity of champagnes and sparkling wines

Sweet Wines

  • Elegant in shape with a narrowed rim
  • It has a smaller bowl for more concentrated flavours
  • It sets off the acidity and sweetness of dessert wines


  • It is designed for light and crisp white wines
  • The bowl aids the acidity of wines
  • It is perfect for all types of white wines


  • It has a short bowl with a tapered rim and flared lip
  • It minimizes the bite and enhances the sweetness of crisp rose wines
  • The flared lip directs the wine to the tip of the tongue where the sweet taste buds are strongest.
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