It’s Wine Day – Enjoy a Tipple or Two at Rosebank Mall.
Lifestyle May 25, 2021
South Africans don’t necessarily need a reason to celebrate anything because we celebrate literally everything, even if there’s no reason to celebrate… But there’s a particular day that’ll make you excited to actually celebrate – Wine Day!
Yes, on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, you get to live your wine spirit, whether it’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Will it be sweet or dry, red or white, fizzy or flat in your tall wine glass? By the way, did you know that there are different types of wine glasses for the different types of wines available? Something to Google after complete reading this blog…
This day is not entirely about the act of drinking wine but rather celebrating the beverage itself. However, that isn’t stopping you from enjoying a tipple or two!
The History of Wine
Wine has been around for donkey’s years. It’s evident that the effects of wine and its use for religious observances date back to 7000BC in China. Today, it’s one of the most widely produced and consumed drinks in the world.
Usually, when thinking about wine, we think about grapes, but fruit, flowers and vegetables make up some of these bottles. Interesting, isn’t it?
Fun Facts about Wine
- In the early Roman times, a husband was at liberty to kill his wife if he found her drinking wine – it was forbidden for women to drink back in the day. Thank goodness that’s not the case nowadays!
- The oldest bottle of wine in the world, Speyer, is displayed at the historical museum in Germany and dates back to an impressive AD 325. Have you seen it?!
- Did you know that toasting to everyone’s health is something that comes from Ancient Greek tradition? The host used to take the first sip of the wine to ensure his guests that it wasn’t poisoned. We detect that there wasn’t a lot of trust between these fellows…
- Titanic holds the oldest known wine cellar. Yes, that ship may have sunk, but divers confirmed that most of the wreckage’s wine bottles were still intact. Wow!
- You won’t find such a person in our country, but did you know that there are individuals who are actually scared of wine? Yip, no jokes, it’s known as oenophobia.
How to Celebrate Wine Day
It’s a no brainer! Obviously, you need to invite your friends to Rosebank Mall and sip on a glass of wine or two, or three! Just remember to drink responsibly and order an Uber if things get real festive.
Keep it simple with options from Andiccio 24, Checkers, Opera Restaurant, or Pick n Pay Liquor. So what’s yours – red, white, or rosé? If you’re looking for some tips when it comes to pairing wine with foods, you’re at the right place.
9 Basic Tips for Wine Pairing
- The wine should be more acidic than the food.
- The wine should be sweeter than the food.
- The wine should have the same flavour intensity as the food.
- Red wines pair best with bold-flavoured meats (e.g. red meat).
- White wines pair best with light-intensity meats (e.g. fish or chicken).
- Bitter wines (e.g. red wines) are best balanced with fat.
- It is better to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.
- More often than not, White, Sparkling and Rosé wines create contrasting pairings.
- More often than not, Red wines will create congruent pairings.
Whatever your choice, be sure to raise a glass! Happy Wine Day, Rosebank!