Its 21 May. Its International Chardonnay Day. A day to celebrate. Especially during deprivation enforced lockdown but even more so when cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde is your playground. Currently a bit low on fermented grape juice, I have 2 bottles of golden great Chardonnay on ice. Ataraxia and Creation. Both had its content stored in French… Read More Chardonnay Day
Thursday is International Chardonnay Day! Every year the Thursday before Memorial Day. Now I’ll know when Memorial Day is for what its worth. My preparation has started. Riedel Chardonnay glasses polished, wine thermometer found, Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnays chilled… what next? Wait I suppose! This afternoon a bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2016 arrived beautifully wrapped… Read More Chardonnay Mission
The first weekend of 2018 was celebrated with great friends and equally great drinks. Friday night was get-together-night and I shared a meal with no fewer than 3 South Africa winemakers. Needless to say there were many liquid options. I remember the following wines that I drank with braaied chicken and summer salad: Ataraxia Sauvignon… Read More Weekend Wines
And that is how things change. One gesture, one person, one moment at a time. The same with Hermanus Wine Route. Developments depend on the vision of those involved and there is no shortage of vision in Hemel-en-Aarde. The following changes were noted on one of my frequent visits to Pinot Noir country. Happy children make for happy… Read More Hermanus Wine Route Changes
My idea of a great time is sipping slowly on a Riedel montrachet glass filled with chilled velvety pale gold Chardonnay. A full mouthfeel that whispers sweet little nothings to my palate long after the liquid has disappeared. This is exactly what I did at the Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration. After three Pinot Noir Celebrations today was the first Chardonnay version. Pinot… Read More Classic Chardonnay Celebration – An early Christmas?