Hello! Hermanus

What a surprise to find that celebrity news publication Hello! dedicated their travel page to Hermanus. Apparently Spanish actress, Penélope Cruz, is a fan of the Western Cape, South Africa, and visits with her gorgeous family. Birkenhead Portfolio played host to a number of activities which included: Staying at the luxury Birkenhead House Coffee at… Read More Hello! Hermanus

Fine Wine Friday

Fridays are always good.  But last night was extraordinary.  The amount of old white wines tasted on a casual evening superseded any other tasting I remember.  First up was a Hemel-en-Aarde Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay.  A 1999 vintage.  Beautiful!  A linear, clear taste that’s undeniably Chardonnay doing Hermanus and the Walker Bay appellation proud. The Decanter Vintage… Read More Fine Wine Friday

Defending Blends

Tim James, wine journalist and author of Wines of the New South Africa:  Tradition and Revolution, recently introduced his list of fine red blends to an audience of Hermanus FynArts attendees.  The tasting got going with observations about the many white and red blends available in South Africa and the great skills local winemakers apply to excel at producing good… Read More Defending Blends