Mutual Attraction

2017 OLD MUTUAL WINE TROPHY WINE SHOW 8 June 2017 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 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 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 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

Grape Fun – Stomping Well Worth the Journey!

DELHEIM WINES Saturday 28 January 2017 Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I visited Delheim, to the North-East of Stellenbosch, for the Harvest Festival. Delheim holds one of the first wine festivals in the region to usher in the grape-picking season. This was the first time it had been held for two years as the 2016 … Continue reading Grape Fun – Stomping Well Worth the Journey!

Intriguing and Confusing – An Enigmatic Experience

CONSTANTIA UITSIG Thursday 26 January 2017 Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 Uitsig, or more correctly Constantia Uitsig, was one of the last Constantia Valley wine estates I visited for tasting for the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society. There’s no special reason other than I have been here several times before. Even so, I never knew that … Continue reading Intriguing and Confusing – An Enigmatic Experience