Practical in the cellar

FoodBev SETA News

With the FoodBev SETA playing an important role in the training of persons in the liquor industry, this news column will be published on a regular basis. The first columns will be dedicated to the terminology that will be used. During the 1990s the government decided...

The use of American oak barrels

The difference between French and American oak has less to do with the geographic origin of the wood, than with the wood species with which each is associated. Even an amateur will notice the obvious difference in flavour and taste. American oak is often described as...

Recycling used wine barrels

The well-known impact of oak barrels on the production cost of wines may be blamed on several factors. Firstly the cost of the wood as raw material, the time required before the wood may be used and the time consuming labour during the composition and treatment of the...

Focus on Rosé

In recent years there has been an upsurge in interest in Rosé in all parts of the world. Having previously suffered the connotation of being a sweet housewife wine that is only sold in supermarkets, it now features, inter alia, on the wine lists of top Manhattan...

The sorting of grapes

In South Africa the price of grapes or wine was traditionally linked to the sugar content of the grapes or the subsequent alcohol content of the wine. The higher the sugar content, the higher the price earned by the cellar or producer. This is obviously not quality...