Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Hope Lies High in the Valley

HAUT ESPOIR Friday 5 July 2019 https://www.hautespoir.com/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 3.5/5 As I headed up the tree-lined paved driveway, young vines and olive trees to the side, I tried to translate Haut...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Hearty Food and Wine Brought by the Stork at Hartenberg

HARTENBERG WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 June 2019 http://www.hartenbergestate.com/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 4.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 4.5/5 I have greatly enjoyed Hartenberg wines at successive Stellenbosch Wine Festivals, the Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival and at a Steele...
Education Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Diploma Done and Dusted – But for the Final Result – I Passed!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – FINAL TASTING & EXAMS Monday 10 June 2019 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 The first Cape Wine Academy Diploma lecture that I attended was in August 2017. Today, 223 wines, 82 lesson hours, 32 Tasting...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

Waterf-ord More Ord-inary Than Extra-ord-inary

WATERFORD ESTATE Thursday 25 April 2019 https://waterfordestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Waterford is another of those big name wine estates amid the other 800 or more in the Western Cape (and a growing number beyond too) that I have wanted...
Education Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Dave Goes Down Under and the Wines Go Up

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 4 – DAY 2 Saturday 27 April 2019 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 Today was the last day of lectures of wines of the world for my Cape Wine Academy Diploma Course (the final...
Experience 4.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

Where the Lions Roar in the Wild West of Bot Rivier

LEEURIVIER WYN & OLYF Friday 29 April 2019 http://leeurivier.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I highly doubt there any lions left in Bot Rivier even though there may have once been. I do know that my visit to Leeurivier Wyn was...
Education Experience 3.5 Wine Courses

Yanky Doodle Dave Didn’t Bring all the Wines

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 4 – DAY 1 Saturday 13 April 2019 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 3.5/5 I cannot remember there being a rainy morning in over 2 years of travelling from Cape Town to the Morgenhof estate,...
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 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...