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Red Wine Brownies

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Yes, we really mean RED.WINE.BROWNIES! If you’re like us, you are already on your way to your pantry to see if you have all the ingredients, well here it is, courtesy of

Author: Amanda Powell
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), plus extra for greasing
  • 6 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate (I used half and half)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the red wine and cranberries together and allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour or until the cranberries look plumped
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degree and grease and flour an 8 by 8 inch pan.
  3. Mix flour and sea salt in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl over boiling water, heat the butter and chocolate until just melted and mixed together.
  5. Remove from the bowl from the heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. (If the bowl seems very hot, you may want to let it cool for about 5 minutes before adding the eggs).
  6. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and mix, then add the flour and mix well.
  7. Mix in the red wine and cranberries.. Fold in walnuts, if using.
  8. Pour the mixture in the baking pan and bake for about 40 – 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with only crumbs.
  9. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan about about 25 – 30 minutes in the pan, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.


The pink drink: Rosé

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So, you’ve grown fond of the Merwida Pinotage Rosé, but have you ever wondered how it was made? WineFolly sums it up beautifully: Via WineFolly

Pink wine happily spans the colorspace between red and white wine, in a way, rosé is more like a state of mind.

Have you tried our new 2015 Pinotage Rosé? Let us know what you think!

Yet another reason to drink wine…

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As if there is not enough evidence that shows the benefits of enjoying 1-2 glasses of wine, we’ve found yet another study that shows why drinking wine is not such a bad idea…

Via VinePair

Recent studies have pointed out that wine can help diabetics and improve your sex drive, but apparently, wine is also a great way to prevent midnight munchies. According to Linda Monk, a 47-year-old woman who’s lost 6 pounds in three weeks, the benefit of having a nightly glass of wine is that the treat suppresses her cravings for unhealthy snacks like “sweet, biscuits, and chocolate.” Instead, the moderate portion of wine makes her feel sated without going to town on the late night eating. Linda is gleaning advice from Tim Ferriss’s book: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide To Rapid Weight Loss. Ferriss champions the theory that if you enjoy a little wine in the evening, you’re more likely to feel satisfied and thus less inclined to give up on dieting. Red wine is supposedly preferable to other snacks.

According to The Daily Mail, a study that took place over the course of 13 years at Harvard University found that amongst a group of 20,000 women, those who drank half a bottle of wine a day lessened their risk of obesity. As half a bottle is the equivalent of two glasses, Linda and the other women seem to be live proof of the study.

40-year-old Samantha Merrit is another woman who sings the praises of nightly wine, claiming “the calories don’t seem to have made an impact on the bathroom scales…Now, I can happily say no to a dessert and I treat myself to a glass or two around four nights a week.” Besides her appetite being satisfied, Merrit also credits the wine with helping her sleep and feeling less anxious.

As is always the case, the trick is moderation. While having a glass or two before bed is a good substitute for going crazy on chocolate snacking, drinking too much wine can leave you consuming more calories than a late night binge, and leave you feeling pretty hungover for work. Stick to 1-2 glasses if you want to curb your hunger, sleep better, and feel less deprived.

The wine spa…

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A spa treatment with a glass of wine in hand – glorious right? What about a bathing in wine?

Yes, you’ve heard right. In Japan you can get your treatment from swimming in wine! (Just keep in mind that this is almost the same as sharing a glass of wine with a whole lot of strangers!)

The Yunessun is our largest spa resort zone where you can enjoy more than 25 different kinds spa related services and fun water recreational activities (see the complete list below). It is like being at the beach, so bring your swimsuits.

Wine Spa

A unique spa containing real red wine. The huge wine bottle is 3.6m tall and is very remarkable. Bathing in wine is a rejuvenation treatment for the body, and it has been said that the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra loved to bath in wine. There are regular performances of pouring real wine into the spa a few times a day.

But, it doesn’t stop there. You can also enjoy a bath in Japanese Sake, Green Tea, or coffee!

Japanese Sake SpaGreen Tea Spa

Read more here…


Red Wine Stains – new fashion statement

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It’s almost time for the new year’s party and you spilled some red wine on your favourite shirt. Not to worry, you might just be the most fashionable at the party!



Anyone who’s ever spilled red wine on their shirt (or their pants or their tie or their carpet or all of the above in one glorious night) knows that few things can be harder to get out of a fabric. Now, winemaker Robert Mondavi is offering up wine-dyed clothing where the staining is done for you.

In a collaboration between the California wine giant and Crawford Denim, wine lovers can purchase the Vinter Shirt, a denim shirt featuring “collar and cuffs lined in red cotton dyed with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Heritage Red Blend 2013” – for a mere $135.

As the Daily Dish points out, a bottle of the Heritage Red Blend retails for just $13, so what you’re paying for isn’t so much the bragging rights of a rare wine stain, but for a shirt hand-made with artisanal denim and then hand-dyed to create that red wine flair. The wine only imparts color anyway. So in our opinion there’s really no reason to open up the reserve cellar to fill out your wardrobe.

Watch the video here


Red Wine Cheat Sheet

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Have you seen the White Wine Cheat Sheet yet?

Sad News…

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Our award-winning Merwida Barbera 2012, was so popular with its double-gold Michelangelo and gold Veritas awards, that it is



We are so sorry, BUT we are pleased to announce that the 2013 Barbera will be available early December…

Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages to make sure that you do not miss the launch…


Pinotage: South Africa’s red jewel

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Did you know: Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety?

It all started in 1925 when Prof Abraham Perold successfully cross-fertilised Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut), creating the beautiful, proudly South African Pinotage! 

Perold observed how Pinot Noir struggled in South Africa’s climate, so he crossed them with a very productive species: Cinsaut (called Hermitage). Perold’s goal was to create a wine that was as delicious as Pinot Noir but grew as well as Cinsaut. 

After having conducted the experiment, Perold seems to have forgotten about it. He left the university two years later, his Welgevallen residence stood empty, and the garden became overgrown. The university administration despatched a team to tidy up. That could have been the end of Pinotage, but for an incredible coincidence.

A young lecturer, Dr Charlie Niehaus, who knew about the four seedlings, happened to cycle past Perold’s former residence just as the clean-up team entered the garden. He was just in time to save the seedlings. These were then re-established in the nursery at Elsenburg Agricultural College by Perold’s successor, CJ Theron. The seedlings seem to have spent the next seven years largely ignored. In 1935, Theron grafted material from the seedlings on newly established Richter 99 and Richter 57 rootstock at Welgevallen. Perold used to make regular visits to his old stamping grounds. It was on one of these visits that Theron showed the four grafted vines to his predecessor. Perold rekindled the enthusiasm of ten years previously, and suggested the new variety be propagated immediately. The records of early plantings are frustratingly sketchy. But it’s generally accepted that Elsenberg was the site for the first experimental vineyard of Pinotage. Lecturer CT de Waal is credited with making the first Pinotage wine in small casks at Elsenburg in 1941. The farm Myrtle Grove near Sir Lowry’s Pass will go down in history as the place where the first commercial planting of Pinotage was made.

The result of the crossing between Cinsaut and Pinot Noir was unexpected. The Pinotage grapes were extremely dark in color and the wine they created was bold and high in tannin (that dry feeling in your mouth) and anthocyanin (colour) — nothing its the progenitors. Despite the difference in flavor, Pinotage would eventually become the 2nd most planted grape in South Africa.

Pinotage Aromas

  • red fruit

  • berry

  • plum

  • tropical fruit

Pinotage Flavors

  • red berry

  • cherry

  • plum

  • tropical fruit

  • smoke

  • earthy

Pinotage Character Profile

  • light body

  • medium body

  • hard tannins

Food Pairing with Pinotage

  • roast turkey

  • salmon

  • fish

  • game meats

  • salami

  • dried meats

– from Pinotage Wine Grape Flavors & Aromas



Merwida Winery’s Pinotage has a lot of fans! With such a rich history, and the fact that it is proudly South African,why not try our Merwida Pinotage?




Wipe that wine off your smile!

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After partying the whole night through with your favourite red wine, you get home, look in the mirror, and find that you have been walking around with the darkest red stained teeth for most of the night! But what causes it and how can you prevent it?

Red wine is a tasty mix of natural dyes, acids, and tannin, three ingredients that work together to etch and stain your teeth. The shockingly red wine teeth you see in your mouth after a marathon of zinfandel tasting is mostly a coating of dyed saliva, but there can be some long-term dulling effects from a chronic diet of dark, acidic wines.

The acids in the wine can actually effect the enamel on your teeth–one of the reasons it is not recommended to brush immediately after drinking wine. The softened teeth can be eroded by your vigorous hygiene, so you should rinse–and wait a bit–before scrubbing those purple teeth. This is actually true of white wines too, but without the deep color it is a less obvious issue. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to drink some water after a wine sipping marathon to purge the acids from your mouth. The tips below will help you increase your resistance to red wine teeth stains.

~ WineFolly

Tips on Preventing Red Wine Teeth Stains from WineFolly

  • Drink Sparkling Water
  • Skip the White Wine
  • Brush Your Teeth Before Drinking WineFortify your teeth
  • High Fiber Food Pairing
  • Eat More Cheese


Cool Tool: Wine Wipes

Ever heard of Wine Wipes? The perfect “cure” for red wine smiles!