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...
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...
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...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Opening the Book at Elgin Vintners

ELGIN VINTNERS Friday 6 April 2018 http://elginvintners.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I had wanted to visit Elgin Vintners for a while. It was in early December when I last visited the Elgin Valley to taste at South Hill Vineyards, Oneiric...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Vista to Verdot at Glen Carlou

GLEN CARLOU Friday 9 March 2018 https://glencarlou.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Glen Carlou is close to Klapmuts which is in the midst of a triangle whose points are at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Kraaifontein. It was my third and final tasting...
Darling Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

The Darling from Darling Steps into the Vineyard

DARLING CELLARS Monday 19 March 2018 http://www.darlingcellars.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 `The darling from Darling’ was how Brand Manager Ilse van Zyl cheekily described herself. It was good to return to the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town for...
Experience 3.5 Paarl Wine 4.0

Baby Thrown Out with the Bath Water?

BABYLONSTOREN Friday 9 March 2018 https://www.babylonstoren.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Baylonstoren in Klapmuts, Paarl, always excites. It’s been a few years – before I formed the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society – since I tasted their wines at the farm. I’ve...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 4 March 2018 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 As I write, I am trying to think of all those Italian stereotypes, politically incorrect as they are but always with a risotto grain of truth....
Experience 3.0 Helderberg Wine 3.5

View from the E-Skaap-ment

SKAAP WINES Friday 2 March 2018 https://www.skaapwines.com/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The view over False Bay from the top of the ridge was as sudden as it was glorious in the late summer morning sunshine. Somehow I did not expect...
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

PicknPay Pairs it again at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 25 February 2018 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘At what speed does a champagne/MCC cork leave the bottle?’, Tiaan asked at the Pongrácz session of the PicknPay Wine Club tasting. The answer was 65 kilometres an...