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Wine on the River: A taste of the country lifestyle

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate, than with a glass of fabulous local wine on the banks of the lazy Breede River? This is Robertson festival "Wine of the River" in a nutshell, which took place on the weekend of 20-22 October.We were greeted by rows and rows of vineyards on the Goudmyn farm, before we were handed an empty glass at the entrance. Numerous stalls lined the grassy banks of the Breede River, with wine from almost thirty different wine farms in the area, many...

Portuguese wine offers uniqueness and somewhereness

Portugal is unique in the wine world. In the face of the homogeneity that made much of the world of wine the same in the 1990s and 2000s, Portugal has never lost its personality or individuality. To borrow a term from Matt Kramer, the famous American wine writer, Portuguese wines offer a senseof ‘somewhereness’, which could be likened to terroir — the concept that wines are reflections of their soil, climate and geography. I take a broader view. I say somewhereness also needs to include...

WOW House: Venetian Isles Home Offers Tropical Lifestyle

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Looking for a waterfront oasis? Consider this Venetian Isles home with more than 6,000 square feet and open water views of the bay. On the second floor, the bonus room features a fireplace, bar with full fridge, sink and wine fridge and room for game tables. The bonus room also offers access to the large balcony overlooking the pool and the bay. The home, which is only minutes from downtown St. Pete, features a gourmet chef's kitchen equipped with granite countertops,...

4 Wine-Drinking Rules You Didn't Know You Were Breaking

There's a lot of etiquette when it comes to wine. You've got to order it well, pour it just right, taste it properly, and know how to describe it in a way that'll impress your guests or dinner mates. But some of those rules you've been following since you turned 21 (who are we kidding, 18) aren't necessary when you want to just enjoy a damn glass of chardonnay.Jon Bonné, senior contributing writer at Punch and author of the recently released The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to...