THE MODERN WINE GUIDE
THE WINE WORLD HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY, SAYS DAVID COPE FROM PUBLIK WINE BAR IN CAPE TOWN. HERE ARE HIS FIVE NEW RULES FOR ENJOYING WINE
LOSE THE TASTING NOTES
Just because someone can taste kiwifruit and tobacco in their wine doesn’t mean they’re enjoying it more. Forget the descriptors and pay attention to where it’s from and how it’s made.
TRY THE NEW GUYS
The big old farms aren’t setting the wine world alight any more. The younger, smaller producers with nobody to answer to are making waves, so look for them.
FORGET THE 25 DIFFERENT WINE GLASSES
There are specialty wine glasses for each varietal but who really cares? Drinking wine out of a little glass tumbler – like in Europe – is unpretentious and easy.
USE WINE AS A MIXER
Thinking beyond sangria here. Try some white port in a tall glass with tonic water, or an Aperol Spritz using local sparkling wine.
GET TO THE WINE BAR
Skip the restaurant and nd a wine bar. Check out Ace + Pearl in Johannesburg and Chalk & Cork or Publik Wine Bar in Cape Town.