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
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
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
TANAGRA WINERY & DISTILLERY 3 June 2017 http://www.tanagra-wines.co.za/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Tanagra Winery & Distillery was my final Wacky Wine Weekend tasting before I returned for a late Saturday afternoon meeting in Cape Town. The vineyard was conveniently on the road between McGregor and Robertson and an easy stop for me. As I … Continue reading More Still at Tanagra
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!
GLENELLY ESTATE Thursday 20 April 2017 http://glenellyestate.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I wrote the word ‘elegant’ in my tasting notes before I picked up the mini wine menu in the Glenelly tasting room. The estate logo of the lady riding a rhino puzzled until I saw the words “Power-Elegance-Balance”. All made sense now. The drive … Continue reading Class in Glass at Glenelly
AVONTUUR ESTATE Wednesday 22 March 2017 http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Avontuur Estate was barely 400m from Ken Forrester Vineyards so it made sense to go to after. This was another estate I haven’t visited before and whose wines I had not tasted. Avontuur is known as South Africa’s “home of fine wines and fast … Continue reading Eq-wine – Fine Wines and Fast Horses!