Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

From the Angel Gabriel to the Arch Angel

ARCANGELI VINEYARDS Friday 29 April 2019 http://www.arcangeliwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Apart from a brief stop to collect a bottle of MCC from Genevieve for later review, I drove from Gabriëlskloof to Arcangeli for my next tasting on my day...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

The Cut ‘n’ Paste Stellenbosch Wine Festival Comes to Cape Town

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 7 April 2019 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I missed the Stellenbosch Wine Festival at its usual home on the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch this year. I was not too bothered as I had been...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Rain Meets Earth at Newton Johnson

NEWTON JOHNSON FAMILY VINEYARDS Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.newtonjohnson.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 So much for the forecast of full sun, as I dashed amid heavy rain to the Newton Johnson Tasting Room. It was a short drive up the...
Experience 5.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 5.0

Eksteen Experiments in the Lower Valley

BARTHO EKSTEEN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.wijnskool.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 It was something of a relief to be sat around a table talking with Bartho Eksteen and tasting his wines. The morning had not been the easiest. The rain...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Vrede en Lust Struggled to Reveal it’s Delight

VREDE EN LUST Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.vnl.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Some tasting reviews are easier to write than others. There may be a particular story or ‘hook’ on which to hang an article. There may be a particular...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.5

Swallowing Fine Wines at Paserene

PASERENE Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.paserene.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I am racking my brain as I write to think whether or not I had heard of Paserene before I visited. The elegant, stand-out wine labels seemed familiar but I...
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 4.0 Festivals & Events Robertson Wine 4.0

Windfall Offered Unexpected Delights

WINDFALL WINE FARM Saturday 2 June 2018 https://www.windfallwine.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Windfall is about as far from Robertson as one can get during the Wacky Wine Weekend, some 30 kilometres South West and along the scenic Agterkliphoogte Valley. The...
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 4.5 Festivals & Events Paarl Wine 3.5

Pinotage Hits a Purple Patch in Paarl

PINOTAGE & BILTONG FESTIVAL Sunday 15 April 2018 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/pinotage-biltong-festivals-2017/ http://www.perdeberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The weekend weather was kind to the 2-day Pinotage & Biltong Festival (R230 on the door). Last year’s event, held at L’Avenir in Stellenbosch, was special...