Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Satisfaction in Getting My Ducks (and Wines) in a Row

VERGENOEGD LÖW ESTATE Friday 1 March 2019 https://vergenoegd.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I didn’t know much about Vergenoegd Estate before visiting. I had passed it several times travelling on the R310 from the N2 to West Stellenbosch, but had never...
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 5.0 Wine Courses

Cheers to Lemon Squirt Acidity and Puppy Dog Breath!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – PRE-TASTING EXAM LESSON Saturday 24 November 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 5/5 It was before the Diploma 3 Theory Exam that was held on the eve of 22 November that I booked the pre-Tasting Exam...
Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Red, Red (Spanish) Wine

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 3 – DAY 3 Saturday 27 October 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 It’s at this stage of a Diploma Module that things come quick and fast. Day 2 was just a fortnight ago,...
Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

The Ladies in Red

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 3 – DAY 2 Saturday 13 October 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 It was one of those glorious sunny October mornings when one is just happy to be alive, even more so when...
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 Wine Courses

Taking the Garage into the Classroom

SMALL SCALE WINEMAKING COURSE 3-5 August 2018 http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/agri/viticulture-oenology http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/agri/viticulture-oenology/Documents/Garagiste%20Winemaking%20Course%202017.pdf www.garagiste.co.za https://cheesemaking.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 It has been many years since I sat before a Professor in a University Lecture Room. Thankfully so but, best of all, there were no exams at...
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...