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 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5 Wine Tour

Superb De Trafford Worthy of Being My 200th Wine Estate

DE TRAFFORD WINES Friday 26 April 2019 https://www.detrafford.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I have always associated De Trafford with fine wine and so it was fitting that De Trafford was the 200th estate I have visited for tasting and review....
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

I Needed to be Guided by the Angel Gabriel

GABRIËLSKLOOF WINE ESTATE Friday 29 April 2019 https://www.gabrielskloof.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Let us get this out of the way now but I was not on a good mood when I arrived at Gabriëlskloof. I had taken well over an...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Ghostly Clouds Swirl at Spookfontein

SPOOKFONTEIN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.spookfontein.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My last tasting of the day was my first trip down the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, having worked my way up from Bartho Eksteen to Newton Johnson to Domaine des Dieux. The...
Experience 3.0 Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Wine Dinners are Not For Me

ALLUVIA BOUTIQUE CELLAR GOBLETS & WINE CLUBS SA DINNER Tuesday 9 April 2019 http://wineclubssa.co.za/ http://www.alluvia.co.za/ http://www.camberley.co.za/#home-section Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 I was invited by a friend to a dinner at the Alluvia Boutique Cellar near Stellenbosch. I knew little about...
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 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Exciting, Excellent Keermont

KEERMONT VINEYARDS Friday 8 March 2019 https://www.keermont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had wanted to visit Keermont Vineyards ever since tasting their excellent Syrah at the Charcuterie & Shiraz Festival in Franschhoek last year. My Cape Wine Academy Diploma student...
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 3.0 Festivals & Events Robertson Wine 3.5

Bushmanspad Gave Me the Weirdest Tasting Ever

BUSHMANSPAD ESTATE Friday 1 June 2018 http://bushmanspad.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Wow! What a weird tasting. This was the strangest of 150 estate tastings I have ever experienced. Rested from my overnight stay at Millstone Pottery in McGregor, I chose...