Experience 4.5 Paarl Wine 4.5

Back to the Future in the Berg of Paarl

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS Friday 9 March 2018 http://backsberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The entrance signs to Backsberg – South West of Paarl and within clear sight of the granite domes – made it very clear. The Estate Cellars were the...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Grape Expectations are Met at Zevenwacht

ZEVENWACHT WINE FARM Thursday 11 January 2018 http://www.zevenwacht.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Zevenwacht sits almost at the back of the listings in my Platter’s Guide, not quite at the end as Zidela Wines, Zonnenbloem and Zorgvliet follow. The tasting visit...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Grand Wines at the Big Top!

THE TOPS! AT SPAR WINE SHOW Thursday 14 December 2017 https://wineshow.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Welcome to Winedereland’ and ‘Life’s a Cabernet’ proclaimed the signs and marketing for the Tops! at Spar Wine Show. The Big Top theme was well...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Marching into France

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 2 Saturday 16 September 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 I remembered my assignment. I forgot my wine glasses. This was the first Cape Wine Academy assignment that I had to...
Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Rustic Charm at the Altydgedacht Wine Farm

ALTYDGEDACHT ESTATE Thursday 31 August 2017 http://altydgedacht.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Rustic’ was how sommelier Micela described Altydgedacht Estate as I sat down to select 5 wines for tasting (R40). I could not have chosen a better word. The intimate...
Experience 3.0 Festivals & Events Robertson Wine 4.0

Bon Courage and Bon Voyage

BON COURAGE WINE ESTATE 1 June 2017 https://www.boncourage.co.za/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The individual character of wine farms fascinates me. If Excelsior Wine Estate was for the enthusiast and aficionado, then Bon Courage Estate – only a few kilometres...
Experience 3.0 Festivals & Events Robertson Wine 3.0

Robertson – Town by Name, Wine by Name

ROBERTSON WINERY 1 June 2017 https://www.robertsonwinery.co.za/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It took little time to drive the 10 kilometres from Rooiberg Winery to reach Robertson Winery. The Winery is towards the centre of the town with its same name....
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...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.5 Wine 3.5

Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?

PAUL CLUVER ESTATE WINES Sunday 5 March 2017 http://www.cluver.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I must have passed Paul Cluver wines on countless times heading East on the N2 out of Cape Town. This was an estate whose wines I had heard...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 26 February 2017 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon when I arrived at the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch for the PnP Wine Festival. I was early, like many others, and...