Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Same but Different End to the Diploma Lectures

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 4 – DAY 3 Saturday 18 May 2019 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 The first Cape Wine Academy Diploma lecture that I attended was in late-August 2017. Today, 21 months, 4 Modules, 11 days,...
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 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...
Elgin Valley Experience 5.0 Wine 5.0 Wine Tour

Lothian Left Me Breathless – and Not Only the Wines!

LOTHIAN VINEYARDS Saturday 7 April 2018 https://lothianvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 Few wineries take my breath away to leave me speechless. Just 1 or 2 out of 150 visited. Muratie Estate with its dusty, quirky Tasting Room full of memorabilia...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Blaauwklippen was Good for a Friday

BLAAUWKLIPPEN VINEYARDS Friday 30 March 2018 http://www.blaauwklippen.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I have always wanted to visit Blaauwklippen – the home of Zinfandel – but didn’t plan to today. Good Friday was Blaauwklippen’s good luck. My original plan was to...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Mulderbosch didn’t quite Meet the Yardstick

MULDERBOSCH VINEYARDS Thursday 11 January 2018 http://mulderbosch.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Mulderbosch was just across the road from Boschkloof Wines, to the West of Stellenbosch. It was barely the length of a 400 metre running track away and I had immediately...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

Wine Notes Composed at D’Aria

D’ARIA WINERY Wednesday 6 December 2017 http://www.daria.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tygerberg Valley Road threads its way past vineyards large and small, immensely popular and rarely visited: Durbanville Hills; Klein Roosboom; Hillcrest; Nitida; Maastricht; Blackwater; Bloemendal; David Frost; and...
Elim & Stanford Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Real Wines in the Place of God

BLACK OYSTERCATCHER WINES Thursday 23 November 2017 http://blackoystercatcher.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 A flock of several hundred shimmering pink flamingos flew across the road as I approached Black Oystercatcher Wines. I had half expected black oystercatchers, of course, but the...
Durbanville Experience 5.0 Restaurant Lunch & Dinner

A Table Setting Fit for the Gourmet at De Grendel

DE GRENDEL WINE ESTATE Thursday 16 November 2017 https://degrendel.co.za/ Experience: 5/5  The view from the De Grendel restaurant was spectacular. Table Mountain was aglow with the setting sun. It was a welcome return to the estate having tasted the excellent...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

More than Just a Destination

BENGUELA COVE LAGOON WINE ESTATE Sunday 1 October 2017 http://www.benguelacove.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Benguela Cove, like many vineyards, is one that I pass en route to or from Cape Town and never stop to visit. Today was different. I...