Tram-Way to Heaven in Franschhoek

FRANSCHHOEK WINE WEEKEND Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017 Experience: 5/5 We managed to leave Cape Town on time despite the burst water pipe in the bathroom. The mains stop cock closed, pipes drained and all mopped up; nothing was going to stop our weekend of wine fun in … Continue reading Tram-Way to Heaven in Franschhoek

Wine Passions Mounted at Cavalli

CAVALLI WINE AND STUD FARM Thursday 6 July 2017 Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 Are you familiar with the phrase ‘Leave the best until last’? I didn’t plan it this way but this is how my day panned out. It began with disappointment. Waterkloof was closed for tasting and, surprisingly, with no alternative arrangement. I headed … Continue reading Wine Passions Mounted at Cavalli

Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 2 July 2017 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

Two Dam Good!

HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS Saturday 6 May 2017 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 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 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 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