Don’t waste a drop!

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How many times have you had to lick the side of your glass just to get that red tear of “too-good-to-waste-a-drop”-wine off your glass? Well, never fear when WineFolly is near! They’ve shared the secret of how to pour wine without spilling!

Watch the video here

Tips to Pouring Wine

  • Be Prepared – Have a napkin handy to wipe the spout, especially if you are serving many people. Sommeliers like to hold the bottle with the label facing outward (as demonstrated). This technique isn’t necessary, it just makes it easier for others to see what is being poured.
  • No Drips Trick – Rotate the bottom side of the bottle away from you as you deliberately stop pouring. This trick does require some practice for perfection but it should throw any last tiny drips off route to the back of the bottle.
  • Practice Practice – Think of it this way: the more you practice, the more wine you get to drink. Perfectionism does have its rewards.

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We couldn’t have said it any better: “Think of it this way: the more you practice, the more wine you get to drink. Perfectionism does have its rewards.”

 

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Welcome to Merwida’s Blog

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We are so glad you have come to visit! On this blog we will make sure that you are informed of all that is going on in and around Merwida Wine Cellar, as well as chats to our staff, interesting articles we’ve found, nice recipes to pair with your wine, as well as anything and everything to do with wine!

If you would like to know more of Merwida Wine Cellar, please visit our About Us page, visit our Website for more information, or Contact Us and tell us what we can help you with.

Please feel free to share any comments, suggestions or feedback. We are eager to hear what you think of our blog, website and winery!

Red Wine Marinade for Beef

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We all enjoy a nice red wine with our red meat, but what about using it for other purposes as well? We’ve found a delicious red wine marinade for beef that you can try. Please let us know what other recipes you make that includes wine.

This recipe can be found on Red.Food.com and got six 5-star ratings!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:

  1. In measuring cup, whisk together oil, wine lemon juice, thyme, pepper and garlic.
  2. Place beef in plastic bag or shallow glass dish.
  3. Pour marinade over top; seal bag refrigerate for 2 to 6 hours.

 

Did You Know?

 Scientists have discovered that a glass of red wine can prevent the build up of cholesterol after a meal of dark or red meat

The Ultimate List of Womens (and mens) Wine Toys

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There comes a time in a woman’s life when the phrase “boys and their toys” just makes you feel that maybe you should start your own collection… Well, here it is. The ultimate list of wine toys for women (and men):

Bathtub Champagne Chiller
When you just can’t let go of your wine, there’s the Meld Wine Glass
Shelf-chilling wine glasses that eliminate the need for ice
Waiter Man Wine Bottle Holder
Flatdog – Your mobile table top that can follow you anywhere
A handbag with a built in wine holder

Find more wine toys here

Creamy Seafood Soup

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We have decided to share our “secret” creamy seafood soup recipe… But only because the people visiting us at Soetes & Soup 2014 asked so nicely.

Ingredients

  • 1kg hake fillets, cooked and flaked
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • 600g seafood Marinara
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 400ml fresh cream
  • 1.5l water
  • 150g maziena
  • 400ml Merwida White Muscadel
  • garlic, salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste

Method

  1. Cook hake fillets, smoked salmon and seafood Marinara in water. Drain, but do not throw out the water. Blend in food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Blend onions, celery, spring onions and garlic.
  3. In a pot, add fish, vegetables, cream and half of the water you used to cook the fish in. Bring to boil. Add Maziena. Add water as necessary.
  4. Pour in Merwida White Muscadel and Tabasco.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe is great with Merwida Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and White Muscadel.

Not THAT glass!

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If you are one of those people who will drink wine from the bottle, just because you can, you probably don’t worry about pairing the wine with it’s perfect wine glass. But others might freak out at the thought of a delectable Chardonnay served in a Burgundy shape glass…

To prevent your more passionate wine-loving friends of strangling you, or throwing your favourite “You rock” studded tulip glasses in the garbage, rather study the below chart of types of wine glasses from WineFolly.com

 

For a more in-depth discussion, click here.

Soetes & Soup 2014

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This year’s Soetes & Soup festival was once again a huge success despite the bad weather.

Friday’s furious storm did not seem to bother our guests as they started their festival route just a few minutes after 9am. Throughout the day people gathered in troops inside the cozy lantern lit cellar.

Saturday the weather looked up and our parking started to fill up nicely. With only a few light showers, people started enjoying themselves under our tent and blankets. Inside the cellar guests could taste the marvelous range of Merwida wines while listening to the wonderful sounds of Take Note Music. Here is a small taste of what you missed out on. Our White Muscadel was a big winner and was sold out by Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to all who came out to join us for the Soetes & Soup! A special thanks to all the staff, Bean to Coffee, and Take Note Music. We hope to see you again next year!

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Merwida’s Awards (up to 2013)

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Our wines are characterized by rich fruit and subtle spice flavours. The red wines are complex yet have rounded tannins that enhance drinkability, this is what makes the wines so special.

Merwida Chardonnay

2013 Gold Veritas
2012 Silver Michelangelo
2011 Silver Veritas
2011 Silver Michelangelo

Merwida Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Silver Veritas
2012 Double gold Veritas


 

Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Silver Veritas
2012 Silver Michelangelo
2012 Silver Veritas


 

Merwida Barbera

2013 Silver Veritas
2013 Diamond Award Winemakers Choice
2012 Gold Michelangelo
2012 Silver Veritas


 

Merwida Cuveè Brut

2009 Bronze Veritas


 

Merwida Merlot Rose

2011 Silver Veritas
2011 Gold Michelangelo


 

Merwida Pinotage Rosé

2013 Silver Veritas
2013 Gold Michelangelo


 

Merwida Muskadel

2013 Gold Veritas
2012 Silver Veritas
2011 Dubbel Gold Michelangelo


 

Merwida Limited Edition Pinotage

2009 Silver Michelangelo