Wine and Food Pairing – 10 Points ©

The 10 most important points for wine and food pairing: Match Weight with Weight: Balance the weight of the wine with the weight of the food. Aim to balance so neither overwhelm the other. Bold, spicy dishes match best with full-bodied and big flavour wines. Powerful Shiraz is good with robust braai and game meats. … Continue reading Wine and Food Pairing – 10 Points ©

Judge and be Judged!

CERTIFICATE IN WINE EVALUATION SHORT COURSE 12-14 June 2017 Experience: 3.5/5 I enrolled for the Certificate in Wine Evaluation Short Course as I wanted to learn how to score and assess wine for quality. Run by the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch, it gave me the opportunity to experience … Continue reading Judge and be Judged!

Reflections in a Wine-Glass ©: Blend Trends

Wine is no more immune to fashion than clothing or footwear or furniture. That is no criticism. It merely reflects that fashion, or to fashion, is ‘a manner of doing something’ or ‘to make in a particular form’. Heavily wooded wines were flavour of the month for only so long. Along came the fashionable ABC … Continue reading Reflections in a Wine-Glass ©: Blend Trends

Tastings for July and August

These are the fun meetings that are coming up over the next few months. We meet monthly on Thursday evenings in Wynberg at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Eight wines are showcased at each meeting. You will receive an information folder and there is a cheeseboard after. The R300 per person fee covers costs. You also have the … Continue reading Tastings for July and August

Terroir in the Bottle Made on Honour

SPRINGFIELD ESTATE 1 June 2017 Experience: 4/5 Wines: 5/5 “Save the best until last”, so they say. I did so today. Time pressed at the end of my first Wacky Wines Weekend experience but I made the most of it. Springfield had been recommended by a few wine aficionados during my travels. It … Continue reading Terroir in the Bottle Made on Honour

Bon Courage and Bon Voyage

BON COURAGE WINE ESTATE 1 June 2017 Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The individual character of wine farms fascinates me. If Excelsior Wine Estate was for the enthusiast and aficionado, then Bon Courage Estate – only a few kilometres away - was ready to party. Preparations for a large number of Wacky Wine Weekend … Continue reading Bon Courage and Bon Voyage

Excelsior Blends Quality with Price

EXCELSIOR WINE ESTATE 1 June 2017 Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Excelsior Wine Estate gave my first sight of the Breede River Valley vines as I turned off the R60 East of Robertson. The comprehensive listing of GPS co-ordinates in the Wacky Wine Weekend vineyards made the short journey from Robertson Winery easy. Fading … Continue reading Excelsior Blends Quality with Price