Reflections

VOTE for us in the 2017 South African Blog Awards

Hi. I have entered the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society website into the 2017 South African Blog Awards. The blog is just a year old and fully established. I am hoping for recognition for all the success achieved – and thank...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.0 Wine 3.0

Next Time to Taste at Hannay

HANNAY WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.hannaywines.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 (Yet to taste) There was a mix up by Hannay Wines that meant I could not taste at the time I had arranged. I did get to see the...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Grand Wines at the Big Top!

THE TOPS! AT SPAR WINE SHOW Thursday 14 December 2017 https://wineshow.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Welcome to Winedereland’ and ‘Life’s a Cabernet’ proclaimed the signs and marketing for the Tops! at Spar Wine Show. The Big Top theme was well...
Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Waxing Lyrical about Canto

CANTO WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://cantowines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Everything was new at Canto Wines. Everything. As I arrived, a staff member was polishing the glass doors on the impressive Cellar and Tasting Room building. The white painted...
Wine 5.0

2017 Annual Cape Wine Lovers’ Society Awards

Wow! It has been one great vine of a ride over the past year. My first post was for Klein Constantia on 27 November 2016. One hundred and eighty posts, 102 wines estates visited and 1,050 wines tasted later, the...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

A Cracker and a Stormer at Paul Wallace

PAUL WALLACE WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://paulwallacewines.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It was pure luck that I visited Paul Wallace Wines today. Co-owner Nicky had been busy all day and we had agreed to meet at another time. Tastings...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

In the Highlands in the Lowlands of Elgin

HIGHLANDS ROAD ESTATE Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.highlandsroadestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 It was over halfway through the tasting that the proverbial penny dropped … I had looked at the Highlands Road logo in simple blue and white for some...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

ONEIRIC WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://oneiric.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 All the grapes at Oneiric come from the estate, Carla said, as she hosted me for my wine tasting. She was a new employee, still daily commuting from the...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

South over the Hills in Elgin

SOUTH HILL VINEYARDS Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.southhill.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The very distinctive reversed ‘Ж’ symbol on the wine bottle label made me think of King Ken, the Chenin Blanc ‘king’ of Ken Forrester Vineyards. It wasn’t of...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

Wine Notes Composed at D’Aria

D’ARIA WINERY Wednesday 6 December 2017 http://www.daria.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tygerberg Valley Road threads its way past vineyards large and small, immensely popular and rarely visited: Durbanville Hills; Klein Roosboom; Hillcrest; Nitida; Maastricht; Blackwater; Bloemendal; David Frost; and...
Book 5.0 Book Reviews

December Book Review – Five Stars Again!

Platter’s by Diners Club International 2018 South African Wine Guide – John Platter SA Wine Guide (Pty) Ltd, 2018 – R260 https://www.wineonaplatter.com/   Book: 5/5 I was more than pleased to get my hands on the latest edition of the...