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 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 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

New Branding for Old-enburg is Perfect

OLDENBURG VINEYARDS Thursday 28 March 2019 https://www.oldenburgvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 It was after a late night at the Ed Sheeran concert that I left Cape Town for a day of wine tasting in Stellenbosch. The cloud base was low...
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 4.0 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...
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 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 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 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Barrels of Fun at My First Stellenbosch Street Soirée

STELLENBOSCH SUMMER SOIREE Wednesday 24 January 2018 http://www.wineroute.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Somewhat to my surprise, I hadn’t heard of the Street Soirées that are being held in Stellenbosch during the summer months. Such is the power of social media...