Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix

CHAMONIX WINE FARM Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.chamonix.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 4/5 Shinell, our Wine Tram host, had explained that many Franschhoek wine farms are named after the region in France from where the original Huguenots came. Whilst Chamonix is an area in the Alps to the North of Mont Blanc in France, I am … Continue reading Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix

Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

EIKENDAL VINEYARDS Thursday 6 July 2017 http://www.eikendal.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 My journey North from Yonder Hill on the R44 towards Stellenbosch passed 2 estates where I had tasted at before: Avontuur and Ken Forrester. I headed instead to Eikendal Vineyards. Unusually, this was a wine farm that I knew nothing of nor had I … Continue reading Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard!

YONDER HILL WINES Thursday 6 July 2017 http://www.yonderhill.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Yonder Hill was one of those wine farms with a familiar name and whose wines I had tasted from time to time at different festivals - at Stellenbosch and at Tyger Valley - but where I have never been to. South of Stellenbosch … Continue reading On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard!

It’s High Time Again

HIGH CONSTANTIA WINE CELLAR Wednesday 5 July 2017 http://highconstantia.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I have always wanted to bring my partner to High Constantia since I first visited in February. There are few wine farms or estates I have returned to yet, preferring to explore anew. There’s so much choice in the Western Cape. When … Continue reading It’s High Time Again

Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 2 July 2017 http://www.oakvalley.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I recall writing after my first visit to Oak Valley on 5 March 2017 that I must bring my partner here. Today was the day. I booked a table for lunch and we made the trip for a leisurely Sunday day out from … Continue reading Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley

TASTE OF TYGER VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL 30 June 2017 https://www.tygervalley.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Tyger Valley Centre was a bold and unusual place in which to hold a wine festival (R150 entry fee). I hadn’t been shopping here before, parked at the end opposite the Arena, and soon realised just how large the Mall is. It … Continue reading Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley

Trading Wines in the City Bowl

STEELE WINES TRADE SHOW 26 June 2017 kara@winepair.co.za http://www.theginbar.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 64a Wale Street, Cape Town was the address. 3pm was the time. Hidden behind the Honest Chocolate shop, through a very French-looking stone-walled courtyard, and up wooden stairs was The Gin Bar. This was where the Steele Wines Trade Show was being … Continue reading Trading Wines in the City Bowl