Cabernet Franc – Well Worth a Gamble!

CABERNET FRANC CARNIVAL AT AVONTUUR ESTATE Saturday 20 May 2017 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/cabernet-franc-carnivals-2017/ http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Look at a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup and you will see the slogan “57 varieties” on the label. Henry J Heinz introduced the marketing slogan "57 Pickle varieties" in 1896. There’s debate about the origins of the branding: … Continue reading Cabernet Franc – Well Worth a Gamble!

Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

ELGIN RIDGE ORGANIC WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.elginridge.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Elgin Ridge was the last vineyard I planned to visit in the Elgin Valley. I had already been to the more established and older wineries - Paul Cluver, Oak Valley, Charles Fox, Almenkerk and Iona - but not here. The 20 hectare … Continue reading Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

Vertically Challenged Amid the Big 5!

Tuesday 9 May 2017 I had long been excited for this meeting. ‘Vertical tasting’ is one where wines from successive vintages, usually consecutive ones, are tasted and compared side-by-side. They are usually offered at specialist tastings and typically for red wines with their more pronounced ageing process. I had never undergone a ‘vertical tasting’ of white … Continue reading Vertically Challenged Amid the Big 5!