Back to news
02 Feb 2021
Posted by Wade

The what, why & how to buying, serving, and storing wine.

Now that you can finally buy wine again, what wine should you buy? And how best should you store it and serve it in style? After so long without wine, we thought you might appreciate a little refresher…

All About Buying Wine

There’s never been a better time to stock up on wine. Not only because your own wine stocks are no doubt running at an all-time low, but because the value, choice and quality of wines on offer right now are running at all-time high. There’s really never been more locally-produced, world-class, value-for-money wines on offer.

So where to from here? Start by determining what your favourite styles of wine are, and buy at least 6 bottles of each. This will allow you to enjoy them over a longer period of time, with a variety of different meal pairings too. You’ll be able to appreciate how each type of wine develops and what it goes best with.

In addition, make sure to stock up on some other types of wine that guests might enjoy. As variety is the spice of life, you might just also surprise yourself and take to a new kind of wine too. Although there are so many exciting varieties out there, here are the ‘Big 4’ red and white wines you’ll want to have on hand if you can…

Popular white wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and White Blends.

Popular red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage and Red Blends.

If this all sounds like hard work to you, the beauty of being a monthly member  of the Wade Bales Wine Club, is that every month, a personalised selection of wines you love (or want to try) is sent directly to your door. No strings (or lengthy bottle store queues) attached.

Storing Wine Well

There’s so much to be said about this… a great wine can be ruined if it’s stored incorrectly. Still, you needn’t own a cellar to take good care of your wines. Here are the basic rules: store wine at a cool but (more importantly) consistent temperature, the less direct sunlight and heat the better, and if the wine has a natural cork, store it on its side to keep the cork from drying out and shriveling.

Serving With Style

If you’re going to invest in good wine, then make sure you invest in a good quality wine opener and some great wine glasses too. Clear, curved glasses (that swell in the middle before getting a little narrower toward the lip) are best. They help to concentrate the aromas in the wine as you tip the glass to drink from it.

How much wine should you pour into your glass?

Great question! Don’t fill all the way to the top (we know, it’s been a rough year), but in order to really taste the flavours in the wine, you need space in the glass for it to breathe and release its aromas. Pouring to about one third the wine glass’s capacity (around 150-180ml) is best.

What’s the ideal temperature for wine?

Temperature really does affect the taste of wine. Too cold, and the flavours will be tightly wound up, too warm and the wine will be loose and limp. The perfect drinking temperature for Red Wines is between 12˚C and 18˚C, for White Wines and Rosé; between 8˚C and 12˚C and Champagne, Bubbly or Dessert Wine is best enjoyed between 5˚C and 7˚C.

Looking for the best value for money? We’re continuously sourcing the best value wines the Cape has to offer… like these two great Stellenrust wines : Sauvignon Blanc 2020 & Peppergrinder’s Shiraz 2016