Are online wine sales growing a viral vine? It certainly would appear so. With the growing trend of new age retail habits, preferences and customs of the maturing millennial generation – spreading to practically all the other generations, it would appear that online purchasing is fast becoming the most trendy style of shopping, globally. “Where did you get this?” We asked in relation to a lovely glass of wine that we recently enjoyed at a rather fancy wine-pairing dinner party.  Obviously our question directly related to which estate was chosen for this delectable wine,  though strangely, yet most amusingly our host...

Wines for an Indian Summer Alvi's Drift Signature Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon While the fine weather we are currently experiencing is not going to end the drought in the Western Cape, it does offer some of the most pleasant weather you could hope for.   Warm, sunny days and cool mild evenings.  Perfect for picnics and braais! There is no better way to enjoy long weekends than with friends and family at a picnic or braai  in the great outdoors.   Alvi's Drift Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for picnics, light, refreshing and full of grassy fruit characters.  The Alvi's Drift Cabernet Sauvignon is typically...

The maiden vintage of Alvi's Drift Verreaux Pinotage  has won South Africa's only great gold at the 2017 Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in February.  The wine was judged along side 3,480  wines from 28 countries.   Catavinum awards great gold status to wines scoring between 95 and 100. Alvi’s Drift received a further 5 gold medals making them South Africa's most awarded exhibitor at the this years competition. The 2013 Verreaux Pinotage is the newly released flagship of Alvi's Drift Private Cellar, a progressive and innovative cellar based in  the Scherpenheuwel ward of Worcester in the Western...

TREAT YOUR VALENTINE WITH AWARDED WINE According to an Article written by Elev8, the origins of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman fertility festival Lupercalia, which was celebrated on February 15. During the festival, young women would place their names in a large urn. The young men would draw a name from the urn and then be romantically linked with that young woman for the following year. The modern practice of exchanging cards, chocolates and/or flowers with their special valentine is one of the many American traditions which has been exported around the world through popular culture.   Given the challenge...

Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the world's most famous red variety. For the majority of the 20th Century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red varietal, before it was overtaken by merlot in the 1990's. Originating in the South West of France in the 17th century, it is the result of the crossing of Cabernet Franc (cabernet) and Sauvignon Blanc (sauvignon). The berries are typically small, with thick dark skins which are resistant to rot.  The vines are hardy and low yielding.  Bud burst is late, providing a natural defence against frost. The bunches often exhibit a “hen and chicken” phenomenon...

Sauvignon Blanc is a green skinned white wine variety believed to have originated in the South West of France. The earliest recordings of the variety seem to come from the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, the latter where it is frequently blended with semillon. The more common synonyms for this white wine are Beyaz Sauvignon, Blanc Doux, Blanc Fume' and in Italy, Bordeaux bianco. The French meaning for Sauvignon is ‘wild’, most likely because the vines were originally found growing wild and Blanc meaning ‘white’. It has enjoyed a revival since the 1980's due to the highly aromatic expressions of the variety produced in...