Sure, you can be boring and stick to beer or you could start taking your drinking seriously.

Wine has become a young man’s sport. Winemakers have freed themselves from pasting Cape Dutch farm houses on the labels and the oenophiles are finally popping the buttons on their waistcoats.

In short, there’s never been a better time to get into the stuff. Here’s everything you need to know, young brommelier.

Does the very thought of you sipping wine out of a wine glass, weird you out? Well according to David Cope from the Publik wine bar in Cape Town, he only uses tumblers.

As there is something democratic about tumblers; they take the wine-or its drinker down a peg and lets you focus your attention on the actual enjoyment of the drinking.

Cope, says “It makes the drinking less pretentious, my friends laugh at me, but I even drink the really good stuff out of chunky tumblers.”


You have our permission to refer to them as the awesome foursome, as there is no wrong choice; so go and try something new:

  1. LAM

The LAM White 2013 by Lammershoek is an electrifying blend of crisp Chenin, Viognier and Chardonnay.

  1. Life from Stone

Springfield’s Life from Stone is a crisp, green concentrated wine that tastes like ripe red peppers and passion fruit.

  1. Cellar Foot

Sink the Pink Pinotage is probably one of the craziest wines out there – a cloudy wine with a rich, fruity flavour.

  1. Saignée Rosè

From the new district of Malgas comes David Trafford’s Sijnn Wines. This complex rosé blend is hard to put down. Sure, you could be boring and stick to beer– or you could start taking your drinkingseriously. It’s time to ask for the wine list.



12 is the number of tumblers you should have in your kitchen cupboard this summer.

X + 6 the equation used to find out how much wine you need for your braai, where x is the number of people attending your braai.

Now that you’re clued up on how to enjoy wine this summer, all that is left for you to do is enjoy.


– Alice Paulse