Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Haven Rather than Heaven at La Bri

LA BRI ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 https://www.labri.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I passed La Bri as I headed up the Green Valley Road in Franschhoek to Holden Manz. I knew the estate was open for tasting after (many Valley...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Franschhoek’s Hidden Gem Is Reluctant to Reveal

HOLDEN MANZ WINE ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 http://holdenmanz.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My business at the Cape Chamonix wine estate in Franschhoek ended at lunchtime and so I decided to visit a couple of wine farms for tasting before...
Experience 4.0 Sommelier

Speed Tasting with Sommelier ‘Royalty’ at my First SASA Meeting

SOUTH AFRICA SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION – TECHNICAL TASTING AT KLEIN CONSTANTIA Monday 28 January 2019 https://sommeliers.org.za/ Experience: 4/5 The number of educational providers, let alone wine-tastings, in and around Cape Town is overwhelming at the best of times. The busy harvest...
Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Au Revoir France!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 2 – THEORY EXAM Thursday 14 June 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 It was a dark and very wet evening when 20 or more students congregated in the Cape Wine Academy offices in...
Experience 3.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

At the Bend in the Road in Bot River

PAARDEN KLOOF ESTATE/ECOLOGY WINES Monday 14 May 2018 https://www.paardenkloof.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My last tasting of the day out to the Bot River vineyards was something of a double header. I visited Paarden Kloof Estate that also bottles wines...
Experience 3.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 3.5

Woody Wildekrans

WILDEKRANS WINE ESTATE Monday 14 May 2018 http://www.wildekrans.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Wildekrans was just a short hop through the village of Bot River and across the N2 highway but it was like entering a different world to Beaumont Family...
Experience 5.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 5.0

High 5’s All Round for Pride without Arrogance

BEAUMONT FAMILY WINES Monday 14 May 2018 http://www.beaumont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 The rampant lion on the Beaumont family crest is simple and distinctive. It makes for a memorable brand on the wine label that cries boldness and poise, an...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

Sa-Bot-Riveur!

LUDDITE WINES Monday 14 May 2018 https://luddite.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I have long wanted to visit the vineyards in the Bot River Ward having tasted the excellent wines either side in the Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde Valleys. Luddite was my...
Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Around the (Old) World in 18 Hours – starting with the European Cuvée!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 3 – DAY 1 Saturday 22 September 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 I had been warned that Module 3 of the Cape Wine Academy Diploma Course was the toughest of all 4 modules....
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Posh Spice in Franschhoek!

SHIRAZ & CHARCUTERIE FESTIVAL Saturday 26 May 2018 https://www.franschhoeklife.co.za/event/shiraz-charcuterie-festival-at-anthonij-rupert-wyne https://www.rupertwines.com/home.php Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival was in full swing when I arrived hotfoot from a long morning of Cape Wine Academy Diploma Studies at Morgenhof Estate....