Rickety Tram Passengers at Rickety Bridge

RICKETY BRIDGE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.ricketybridgewinery.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Tasting at Rickety Bridge was a ‘no brainer’ for our trip on the Red Line of the Stellenbosch Wine Tram. We had already visited Maison and Chamonix but these had been by tram-bus. Now we had the chance of travelling on the tram itself … Continue reading Rickety Tram Passengers at Rickety Bridge

Straw Berry Yields for e-Ver-gelegen

VERGELEGEN WINES Thursday 6 July 2017 http://www.vergelegen.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Today was Helderberg day, or so it started. I had wanted to visit the Waterskloof Wine Estate ever since tasting their wines at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. I didn’t check beforehand but found it closed for refurbishment. Surprisingly, for an estate of … Continue reading Straw Berry Yields for e-Ver-gelegen

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

Trading Wines in the City Bowl

STEELE WINES TRADE SHOW 26 June 2017 kara@winepair.co.za http://www.theginbar.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 64a Wale Street, Cape Town was the address. 3pm was the time. Hidden behind the Honest Chocolate shop, through a very French-looking stone-walled courtyard, and up wooden stairs was The Gin Bar. This was where the Steele Wines Trade Show was being … Continue reading Trading Wines in the City Bowl

Mutual Attraction

2017 OLD MUTUAL WINE TROPHY WINE SHOW 8 June 2017 http://dogreatthings.co.za/trophywineshow/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS) is South Africa’s premium wine competition. The 2017 edition was the 16th edition. The Judging Panel comprises 3 international and 6 local judges, with a range of expertise, and using the 100-point scoring … Continue reading Mutual Attraction

Blind Drunk!

Thursday 16 March 2017 The ‘blind’ tasting of low and high priced wines was one I had been excited about for a long time. I shall repeat the evening again so this will be a short article and hence the SPOILER alert. The concept is easy but great for learning and great for fun: 1. … Continue reading Blind Drunk!

Well and Truly Oaked!

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 5 March 2017 http://www.oakvalley.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Today was Elgin day and time to explore a new wine-growing area. I had reason to visit beyond my natural curiosity and sense of adventure. The Society May meeting (put the 18th in your diary now please!) will be featuring wines from Elgin, … Continue reading Well and Truly Oaked!

Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 26 February 2017 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon when I arrived at the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch for the PnP Wine Festival. I was early, like many others, and full of anticipation. I had not been before but I had recently been to wine … Continue reading Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

Tasting Vines at the Vineyard

STONY BROOK VINEYARDS Monday 20 February 2017 https://www.vineyard.co.za/ http://www.stonybrook.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 4/5 The last of the sun’s rays were doing their best to give a little warmth on the lawn at the back of the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands in the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town. The wind had at least died down. I had … Continue reading Tasting Vines at the Vineyard