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...
Education Experience 3.5 Wine Courses

Champagne and Brandies left Me Disappointed

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 3 Saturday 14 October 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 3.5/5 I was excited to return to Morgenhof wine estate for the third and last session of Module 1 of the Diploma...
Education Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Taint, Mould, Sweet-Sour, Elastoplast, Stale Honey, Bee Wax and Potato Skin With the Wine Prof

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – FAULTY WINE COURSE Wednesday 30 August 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 There was no easy route from the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town to the Cape Wine Academy offices in North-East Stellenbosch for a 6pm start. I left...
Education Experience 5.0 Wine Courses

From South Africa to a Whole New (and Old) World

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 1 Saturday 26 August 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 5/5 It was déja vue time as I arrived at Morgenhof wine estate for the start of my Diploma Wine Course with the...
Education Wine Courses

Exam-WINE-ations!

CERTIFICATE WINE COURSE EXAMS 5 and 6 June 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php The exams are over – now I wait for the results. For those who don’t know, the Cape Wine Academy is the official, leading organisation in South Africa to learn...
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...
Education Experience 5.0 Wine Courses

Brut Force and Less Ignorance

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – CERTIFICATE COURSE – DAY 3 Saturday 18 March 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 5/5 “It’s sweeties and sparklies”, says Monty Friendship in his inimitable, cheeky style to start the third and final day of the Certificate Course at...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

A Cape Wine Master-class

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – CERTIFICATE COURSE – DAY 2 Friday 17 March 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 Day 2 of the Cape Wine Academy Certificate Course promised to be slightly gentler on the grigio matter. The route to Morgenhof Wine Estate,...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Cork and Talk with Dave

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – CERTIFICATE COURSE – DAY 1 Thursday 16 March 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 Half an hour into the first lecture and I was wondering what I had let myself in for. It was on 21 December 2016...