Two Dam Good!

HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com/ http://www.ashbournewines.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 The Hamilton Russell brand evokes quality wines of award-winning excellence. A glance at the Platter’s Guide shows 5/4½ stars for their 2 wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the grape varietals for which the vineyard is renowned. I wanted to see and taste for myself. I had … Continue reading Two Dam Good!

Hard Graft without Grafts at Abingdon Wines – No Hail to the Monkeys

ABINGDON WINE ESTATE Monday 17 April 2017 http://www.abingdonestate.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I am still smiling. Four days later, I am still smiling. I was in Durban for the long Easter weekend and the chance to visit some different vineyards was too good to miss. Three were listed on Google: Highgate Wine Estate, Cathedral Peak … Continue reading Hard Graft without Grafts at Abingdon Wines – No Hail to the Monkeys

Bizarre in Swazi

THE WINE BOUTIQUE - MANTENGA CRAFT CENTRE, EZULWINI, SWAZILAND Saturday 25 March 2017 http://www.openafrica.org/experiences/participant/1866-mantenga-craft-centre http://www.swazi.travel/Legends_Backpacker_Lodge/accm_location Experience: 5/5 There are no vineyards in Swaziland. It was the first evening of my holiday and the drive from Johannesburg was straightforward but tiring. The border crossing was relatively easy. Mbabane, the capital, was just an hour away. It … Continue reading Bizarre in Swazi

Brut Force and Less Ignorance

CAPE WINE ACADEMY - CERTIFICATE COURSE - DAY 3 Saturday 18 March 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 5/5 “It’s sweeties and sparklies”, says Monty Friendship in his inimitable, cheeky style to start the third and final day of the Certificate Course at the Cape Wine Academy. Monty turns learning into fun. He had taught me before during the … Continue reading Brut Force and Less Ignorance

www: W-arm W-olseley W-elcome

WOLSELEY WINE TOUR Wednesday 22 February to Thursday 23 February 2017 http://www.sevenoaks.co.za http://www.wabooms.com/wines.htm http://bergsig.co.za/ http://www.arumlilycottage.co.za/accommodation.html https://waverleyhills.co.za/ http://www.mountainridge.co.za/Home.html https://wolseleytourism.co.za/wine/ Experience: 5/5 This was my first mini wine tour and also my first time exploring the Wolseley area. My partner was running a social media workshop for the Wolseley Tourist Office and so it made sense to … Continue reading www: W-arm W-olseley W-elcome

Log Cabin-et Sauvignon in the Hot Tub!

ARUM LILY COTTAGES & LOG CABINS - WOLSELEY Wednesday 22 February 2017 http://www.arumlilycottage.co.za/accommodation.html Experience: 5/5 Just occasionally, I shall write about something that does not wholly concern wine, is related, or deserves special mention. I am forever conscious of the need to drive responsibly whilst wine-tasting and so it made sense to book accommodation for … Continue reading Log Cabin-et Sauvignon in the Hot Tub!

Classic(al) to Barrique – De Morgenzon Hits all the Right Notes

DE MORGENZON VINEYARD Saturday 12 February 2017 http://www.demorgenzon.co.za/index.html Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 De Morgenzon is not the easiest vineyard to find. I had been here before for tasting. I wanted to return for a cellar tour ahead of the forthcoming Cape Wine Lovers’ Society meeting on 16 February. I called the landline several times, the only … Continue reading Classic(al) to Barrique – De Morgenzon Hits all the Right Notes