Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Syrah Pillars of Excellence at Haskell

HASKELL VINEYARDS Thursday 14 March 2019 https://www.haskellvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had long wanted to visit Haskell Vineyards – ever since I tasted their excellent Hades Syrah at the Tops! At Spar Wine Festival. It was almost 18 months...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

SEVEN SISTERS VINEYARDS Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.sevensisters.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 If you had asked me 30 years ago what the Seven Sisters are I would have said that they are a series of 7 chalk cliffs in my...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Wines Merely to Lust After

MEERLUST Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.meerlust.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Meerlust is one of those famous, historic South African wine estates that one just has to visit. Today, I was visiting the estates South of Stellenbosch. I had just tasted...
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 4.0 Wine Courses

SMV, SMG, GSM – BLICS and PAPERCLIPS!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 2 – DAY 3 Saturday 26 May 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 It seemed all too soon to be heading again for Morgenhof Wine Estate for the final day of Module 2 of...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Better than a Fair View Where the Goats do Roam!

FAIRVIEW WINE & CHEESE FARM Friday 4 May 2018 https://www.fairview.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I am usually hesitant, as an oenophile, to visit wine farms that are popular and with a touristic reputation. Some work for me (for example, Groot...