Archive for April 2012

Let’s raise a glass to eighteen years of democracy! Enjoy the long weekend…

April 26, 2012


Here’s a great roast lamb recipe.

April 25, 2012

A fantastic red meat recipe calls for a fantastic red wine, like the Alto Cab!

Opening Wine Bottles: the Proper Technique

April 24, 2012

Not that opening wine bottles is the most challenging of task in the world, but there is definitely etiquette and helpful tips surrounding this. Let’s have a look into the art of wine opening…

There are many different types of corkscrews available on the market today. The most common, yet infamous one, is the Wing Corkscrew. This corkscrew has a spiral shaped “worm” in the center that you twist into the cork and two wings that are used to lift the cork out. The main problem with this corkscrew is that the worm is too short and thick and usually tears the cork apart rather than pulling it out smoothly. So, rather than struggling with this type of corkscrew, you might want to try one of these other kinds and save yourself some aggravation.

The Waiter’s Corkscrew is what you’ll most commonly see being used in restaurants. This corkscrew looks like a pocketknife with a worm, cutter knife, and lever arm. While holding the neck of the wine bottle firmly, press the corkscrew’s worm into the center of the cork and start twisting it down, keeping the worm as vertical as possible. Twist the corkscrew until it meets the last curve of the worm. Place the corkscrew’s lever on the top lip of the bottle, holding the lever and the bottle’s neck with one hand, and pull with the other hand. The cork should slide out perfectly intact. If the cork sticks, the worm is probably not in the cork far enough. If this happens, gently twist the corkscrew farther down and try lifting it out again.

The Screwpull Corkscrew has a simple design that works surprisingly well. It has a long worm, two sides that look like a clothespin, and a lever on top. Place the base of the corkscrew on the top of the wine bottle and hold both the corkscrew and the bottle with one hand. Start turning the lever in a clockwise manner and the cork will simply lift out of the wine bottle with ease. What could be simpler than that?

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The Alto Red & Black Lounge Party, here we go!

April 19, 2012

Facebook competition winner

April 18, 2012

Congratulations to Judith Kunzman.

She is the winner of our Facebook competition and has won a limited edition 3 litre bottle of Alto Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for a dinner party of red wine lovers.

Enjoy the wine Judith.

Thanks to everyone who entered and for your ongoing support of our brand.



Great wine quote… What do you think?

April 12, 2012

‘Wine gives a man nothing… it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.’

– Samuel Johnson

An old Russian proverb for the midweek- “Drink a glass of wine after your soup and you steal a ruble from your doctor.”

April 11, 2012