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

Quality Abounds on the Mound at La Motte

LA MOTTE WINE ESTATE 22 June 2017 https://www.la-motte.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Franschhoek vineyards have long been under-represented in my tastings. I was very much reminded me of so as I passed signs to big named wineries such as Babylonstoren, Rupert and Rothschild, Vrede en Lust, Allée Bleue, Solms-Delta, Anthonij Rupert, La Chataigne and Le … Continue reading Quality Abounds on the Mound at La Motte

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

Learning about Wines with the Cape Wine Lovers is Super Cool

Thursday 18 May 2017 The regular wine tasting evenings are a highlight of my month. Today was no exception. I had chosen the wines of Elgin and Hermanus for a mix of reasons: I was unfamiliar with wines of the area; the wines are high quality; and Walker Bay had been suggested to me for … Continue reading Learning about Wines with the Cape Wine Lovers is Super Cool

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

SUMARIDGE ESTATE WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.sumaridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The ocean was clearly visible 8 kilometres away from the elegant teal Tasting and Dining Room at Sumaridge wine estate. Whilst the glowing fire brought welcome warmth from the stiff, chill breeze outside, I needed no reminder that the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is famed … Continue reading British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing

CREATION WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.creationwines.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 The words ‘wine’, ‘creation’, ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’ seamlessly blended together into a complete sentence as I made my way from tastings at Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson to the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Afrikaans for ‘Heaven and Earth’) valley above Walker Bay. Creation Wines … Continue reading Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing

Class in Glass at Glenelly

GLENELLY ESTATE Thursday 20 April 2017 http://glenellyestate.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I wrote the word ‘elegant’ in my tasting notes before I picked up the mini wine menu in the Glenelly tasting room. The estate logo of the lady riding a rhino puzzled until I saw the words “Power-Elegance-Balance”. All made sense now. The drive … Continue reading Class in Glass at Glenelly