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!

Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

PINOTAGE & BILTONG FESTIVAL Saturday 23 April 2017 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/pinotage-biltong-festivals-2017/ http://www.lavenirestate.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3/5 The sun shone brightly today to make for a hot afternoon at L’Avenir estate for the Pinotage and Biltong Festival. The occasion marked 2 firsts for me: my first visit to L’Avenir (I shall return for tasting at a later date) … Continue reading Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

Diemersdal has Six Appeal

DIEMERSDAL WINE ESTATE Saturday 8 April 2017 http://diemersdal.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The Stormers were home to the Chiefs later today. Two teams, both unbeaten in the first 5 games of the Super Rugby season, promised a titanic match. My season ticket was already packed tight in my wallet. What has this to do with … Continue reading Diemersdal has Six Appeal

Red and White Wines with Frog’s ‘Legs’

ANURA VINEYARDS Sunday 19 March 2017 http://www.anura.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The shiny bullfrog perched on the circle after the entrance of Anura Vineyards surprised. It shouldn’t have. I am an ecologist, a nature guide and a wildlife lover. I know full well that Anura is the Latin for frog. Nonetheless, the ‘light bulb' moment … Continue reading Red and White Wines with Frog’s ‘Legs’

Wines to Love on Love Street

MOUNTAIN RIDGE Thursday 23 February 2017 http://www.mountainridge.co.za/Home.html Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Mountain Ridge was the remaining wine farm to visit from those promoted by the Wolseley Tourist Office. Yesterday I visited Seven Oaks, Waboomsrivier and Bergsig. Previously, I had tasted at Waverley Hills. Intriguingly, Mountain Ridge and Waboomsrivier were both established in the same year, … Continue reading Wines to Love on Love Street

Always a Favourite – Guaranteed to Delight

STEENBERG Sunday 1 January 2017 http://www.steenbergfarm.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Steenberg was the first wine estate I visited in South Africa. I have been back many times and it never disappoints. My partner and I are currently visiting all the Constantia Valley vineyards. Steenberg was one of the few to open on New Years’ Day. … Continue reading Always a Favourite – Guaranteed to Delight