Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Value for Money from Angel Gabriel in the Vineyard

GABRIELSKLOOF WINE ESTATE Monday 29 May 2017 https://www.gabrielskloof.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Gabriëlskloof is a family-owned wine estate, established only in 2000, and located just off the N2 at Botrivier. The first vintage was made in 2009. Like so...
Constantia Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Hout Bay Vineyards – Simply the Best!

HOUT BAY VINEYARDS Sunday 28 May 2017 http://www.houtbayvineyards.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It was a typical grey May day in Cape Town as I ventured up Constantia Nek. Constantia Mist and Silvermist vineyards are named so for a reason. The...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Fish (and other foods) with Wanda!

WINE & FOOD WORKSHOP Thursday 25 May 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php http://www.privatehotelschool.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: Not applicable Hotel 33, the Private Hotel School, Stellenbosch was just North of Spier Wine Farm, on the Vlottenburg Road, my course instructions said. It was an...
Education Wine Courses

Wine can be so Humbling

PRE-EXAM BLIND TASTING Wednesday 24 May 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php If ever the phrase, “The more you know, the less you know” comes to mind then this was the night! I have Theory and Tasting exams coming up for the Cape Wine...
Book 3.5 Book Reviews

May Book Review – Chatter on a Platter

Everything You Wanted to Know about Wine but Were Too Afraid to Ask – A Platter’s Guide (John Platter, 2016) – R285 https://www.wineonaplatter.com/products Book: 3.5/5 I am old enough to remember seeing the 1972 cult Woody Allen comedy movie “Everything...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

Horsepower in the Vineyard

WATERKLOOF WINES Monday 22 May 2017 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The sky was cloudless at the Vineyard Hotel for the regular Monday evening wine-tasting. It was chilly on the back lawn and appropriately so as Waterkloof produces cool...
Experience 4.5 Helderberg Wine 5.0

Wines Made to Stand the Taste of Time

MORGENSTER WINE & OLIVE ESTATE Friday 19 May 2017 http://www.morgenster.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 I was at Morgenster for a pressing engagement – in more meanings of the word than one – thanks to wine.co.za. I was invited to the...
Experience 3.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Cabernet Franc – Well Worth a Gamble!

CABERNET FRANC CARNIVAL AT AVONTUUR ESTATE Saturday 20 May 2017 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/cabernet-franc-carnivals-2017/ http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Look at a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup and you will see the slogan “57 varieties” on the label. Henry J Heinz introduced the...
Meetings Past

Learning about Wines with the Cape Wine Lovers is Super Cool

Thursday 18 May 2017 The regular wine tasting evenings are a highlight of my month. Today was no exception. I had chosen the wines of Elgin and Hermanus for a mix of reasons: I was unfamiliar with wines of the...
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

K-eynote W-ines at the V-ineyard

KWV Monday 15 May 2017 http://www.kwv.co.za/index.php https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 KWV is more famed for brandy than wine production but it was 6 wines, rather than the customary 4, that were showcased at the Vineyard Hotel tonight. The tasting...