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

Terroir in the Bottle Made on Honour

SPRINGFIELD ESTATE 1 June 2017 http://www.springfieldestate.com/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ 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

Excelsior Blends Quality with Price

EXCELSIOR WINE ESTATE 1 June 2017 https://www.excelsior.co.za/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ 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

Horsepower in the Vineyard

WATERKLOOF WINES Monday 22 May 2017 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The sky was cloudless at the Vineyard Hotel for the regular Monday evening wine-tasting. It was chilly on the back lawn and appropriately so as Waterkloof produces cool climate wines. I have yet to visit the vineyard, the best known of a handful … Continue reading Horsepower in the Vineyard

I-own-a Wine Farm!

IONA WINE FARM Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.iona.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 There are times during wine tasting when one unexpected moment changes the entire direction or recollection of the tasting. It could be a particular wine, for example the 2016 Chenin Blanc at DeMorgenzon or 2016 Estate Chardonnay at Hamilton Russell, which are the … Continue reading I-own-a Wine Farm!

The Italian Collection at the Vineyard

NOBILE COLLEZIONE ITALIAN WINE IMPORTER Monday 8 May 2017 https://www.nobilecollezione.com/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Return to the Vineyard Hotel was welcome as I had missed a few Monday tasting evenings whilst away from Cape Town. I was keen to return for another reason too. Italian wines were being offered, a departure from those usually … Continue reading The Italian Collection at the Vineyard

Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel

ATARAXIA WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.ataraxiawines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The Ataraxia vineyard sits high up in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The distinctive wine lounge, built to look like a white chapel in the vernacular architectural style of the Overberg, sits high too. Its elevated position beneath the Babylonstoren mountain range makes for a spectacular … Continue reading Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel