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

The Early Bird Catches the Wine

DE WETSHOF ESTATE 2 June 2017 http://www.dewetshof.com/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 De Wetshof offered one of the few Wacky Wine Weekend activities that interested me. The ‘Bubbly of the Valley’ event was, however, fully booked. The promotion material invited wine lovers to “start your Friday off in style by tasting top sparkling wines”. The timing … Continue reading The Early Bird Catches the Wine

Fish (and other foods) with Wanda!

WINE & FOOD WORKSHOP Thursday 25 May 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php http://www.privatehotelschool.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: Not applicable Hotel 33, the Private Hotel School, Stellenbosch was just North of Spier Wine Farm, on the Vlottenburg Road, my course instructions said. It was an easy find and, keen to miss the afternoon rush hour traffic exiting Cape Town, I … Continue reading Fish (and other foods) with Wanda!

Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the approach to the large, open Tasting Room and Restaurant is via a raised walkway … Continue reading Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

CLOS MALVERNE Friday 5 May 2017 http://closmalverne.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I decided today to return to the West Stellenbosch area as, beyond the fabulous wines of DeMorgenzon, it was a wine-growing area little known to me. I had tasted and enjoyed the Clos Malverne Chardonnay before so it made sense to visit this boutique … Continue reading Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

NITIDA CELLARS Saturday 8 April 2017 http://www.nitida.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Nitida Cellars was the last vineyard I visited before dashing back to Cape Town in time for the Stormers v Chiefs match at Newlands. It was barely 10km from the Meerendal estate but a road closure sent me on a merry go round. Nitida … Continue reading Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?

PAUL CLUVER ESTATE WINES Sunday 5 March 2017 http://www.cluver.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I must have passed Paul Cluver wines on countless times heading East on the N2 out of Cape Town. This was an estate whose wines I had heard of but never drunk and an estate I had passed but never visited. Not only … Continue reading Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?