Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Dornier Disappoints

DORNIER WINES Friday 8 March 2019 http://www.dornier.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 Dornier Wines was my second tasting venue for the day having made the short journey of just a few kilometres back down the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, South of Stellenbosch,...
Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Exciting, Excellent Keermont

KEERMONT VINEYARDS Friday 8 March 2019 https://www.keermont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had wanted to visit Keermont Vineyards ever since tasting their excellent Syrah at the Charcuterie & Shiraz Festival in Franschhoek last year. My Cape Wine Academy Diploma student...
Reflections

Reflections in a Wine Glass ©: Time to Ditch Pinotage in Favour of Chenin Blanc as South Africa’s Signature Grape

A recent survey found that 56% of respondents, when asked if Pinotage or Chenin Blanc should be South Africa’s signature grape, chose Chenin Blanc. The sample was small (540 persons) but the result got me thinking. Whilst one can argue...
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 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 5.0

High 5’s All Round for Pride without Arrogance

BEAUMONT FAMILY WINES Monday 14 May 2018 http://www.beaumont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 The rampant lion on the Beaumont family crest is simple and distinctive. It makes for a memorable brand on the wine label that cries boldness and poise, an...
Experience 3.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 3.5

Woody Wildekrans

WILDEKRANS WINE ESTATE Monday 14 May 2018 http://www.wildekrans.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Wildekrans was just a short hop through the village of Bot River and across the N2 highway but it was like entering a different world to Beaumont Family...
Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Of Female Rugby Players and Ballet Dancers! Let’s Continuously Study Very Seriously: Wines of the Loire and Northern Rhône

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 2 – DAY 2 Saturday 12 May 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 The 8.30 am rather than 8.00 am start at Morgenhof estate near Stellenbosch was welcome but made little difference compared with...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 3.5

Honest, Affordable Family Wines at Landskroon

LANDSKROON WINES Friday 4 May 2018 http://www.landskroonwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Landskroon Wines was the very antithesis of the Charles Back-owned duo of Fairview Wines and the Spice Route Winery. Located adjacent to these 2 brand giants, the De Villiers...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Sugar and Spice is Twice as Nice

SPICE ROUTE WINERY Friday 4 May 2018 http://www.spiceroutewines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It was the shortest of drives from Fairview Wines to the Spice Route Winery, between sister wineries owned by Charles Black. Unusually for a Cape vineyard, there was...