5 Wine Tips for Beginners | #SpierMyWay

One of the lessons my brother taught me when to comes to anything I do is to first cover all the basics…. Well, to be honest he was saying that with reference to my wardrobe (you can’t buy a yellow suit before you have a the basic black/blue/navy) but I just took that and I use it with everything else in my life. It’s working quite well, so thanks bro!
Anyway, getting to the point of this post, I’ll be going over a few basics that I rate will come in handy for you especially if you’re a newbie to wine. I’ll also be giving away a case of wine at the end of the post, so look out for that!
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Doing Wine Your Way | #SpierMyWay


I’ve come to realize that for a country the produces some of the world’s best wine, there isn’t much of a wine culture outside of the Western Cape. The only time most people enjoy wine is at home or when they’re eating out. We definitely do consume lots of it: wine is the second highest consumed beverage in the country, just after beer; So why isn’t there a widespread wine culture in the country? I’m talking wine tastings, events and bars, or even champagne bars whose focus is actually champagne. I know there are various wine festivals that take place here and there but how inclusive are they? (Shout out to Soweto Food and Wine Festival)

Anyway, getting into the gist of this post. I’ll be covering some of the jargon commonly used in the wine community. I’ll also add a food/wine pairing guide in the latter part that is based on some research and experimenting that I’ve been doing with the help of Spier Wines. So most of the tasting notes are based on Spier Wines.

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Cigar & Cognac Pairing: The Basics

So for a while now, cigars for me have been a symbol of status and a good companion of “le good life” for me and that perception was one I was given by influential figures such as Jay-Z and P Diddy (or whatever he calls himself now). I used to only enjoy a stogie in the club to complement my look and the euphoric atmosphere of The Boo (also known as Taboo Night Club). But as of late, I decided to start enjoying a smoke in the comfort of my home, where I can taste all these notes and flavours my Tobacconist always tells me about. But I couldn’t just smoke one without having a beverage to complement it, so I decided to do some research as to what the ideal drink(s) to pair up a cigar with are.

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Time Out at Daleahs

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So it’s a sunny Friday, it’s been a hectic week and I’m thinking I must reward myself coz I actually made it to campus AND managed to graft after hours for pretty much the whole week so you can imagine how proud I am of myself. So I head into the belly of Braamfontein and I find Daleah’s, a small eatery with a warm and cozy vibe, that serves some of the best food around.

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Order In with #UberEATS

#UberEATS

So #UberEATS just launched in my vicinity and I wanted to see what the rave was all about. UberEATS is Uber’s new food delivery platform that makes getting food from restaurants in your proximity as easy as requesting a ride. It’s available from 10am to 10pm (Sun – Thurs) and 10am to 11pm (Fri- Sat) and costs R20 (flat rate) for the delivery. You all need to download the app from your platform’s app store. It’s pretty much Uber’s version of Mr. Delivery.

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Eleksie.co.ke Interview

Check out my Interview with Kenyan-based, African fashion website Eleksie:

“The Bearded Muse is a blog focusing on menswear, grooming and covering lifestyle content such as events, food and design founded by South African stylish man Thato Mahapa.

You will spot him in a bomber jacket, Crisp button up shirt, Long sleeve printed sweatshirt, Beige chinos, among other cool and subtle attires, making his dress code very catchy and clean. Thato is not afraid of colour, whether whites, blues, greens or pinks, his fashion sense definitely brings out his personality.

Thato Mahapa lets us in about his style and blog. And I had to pause with his every response to sink it in because I learnt so much from this interview!”

Read more here: The Bearded Muse by Thato Mahapa – Eleksie.co.ke

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