NEXT time you take a sip of your favourite Chenin or Chardonnay, take a moment to taste its unique character, style and flavour. Apart from the same batches of wine in a particular vintage, no wine – including different harvests of the same label – is the same thanks to its distinctive terroir, a powerful recipe of geography, weather and Mother Nature. With more than 2 000 types of wine grapes and a dozen farming methods, the world of wine is extensive and is the inspiration for The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show – an annual consumer exhibition of the mystery, history and alchemy of wine. Presenting hundreds of labels, cultivars, blends and vintages at The Boardwalk between August 4 and 6, the event seeks to introduce wine lovers to the magical and diverse world of wine. Wine is a manifestation of love from both nature and science. The eco-system is extremely sensitive and prone to environmental changes. All of this affects the quality of wine. It’s also why different methods of growing vines are used around the world to create less of an impact on the environment and encourage a more natural approach to viticulture. To learn more about the magic of wine – its provenance, art and science – visit The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show this August. Meet the wine-makers to learn more about their signature style, or simply taste and buy fine wines directly from exhibitors at cellar door prices and show specials. Tickets can be purchased pre-show for R120 from www.wineshow.co.za or at the door for R140. The price includes a tasting glass, all tastings, access to the Weekend Post Wine Theatre and a map to help navigate the show.WIN! WIN! WIN!Three Kouga Express readers can each win a double ticket to the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show this August.To stand a chance to win a set of tickets, look for the picture below on the Kouga Express Facebook Page and type your email address in the comment section.The competition closes at noon on August 1.