Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus

Newton Johnson remains a favourite stop on the Hemel-en-Aarde road just outside Hermanus.  Good news is that the restaurant is back in business.  A wine tasting here has once again the potential to progress to lunch.  Anton Verhoogt from the local Fisherman’s Cottage consulted Newton Johnson on the menu and you might still find this bright… Read More Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus

Classic Chardonnay Celebration – An early Christmas?

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?

Winning Ways with Winery Websites

Websites are the head quarters of the sales team.  It is here where everything comes together. Some site have things coming together better than others. Here are some tips for winery websites: Make it easy to navigate.  Uncluttered, fresh and easy to read fonts.  Basic stuff.  Be careful of fancy italics. Please don’t bombard me with subscriptions as I search… Read More Winning Ways with Winery Websites

Hemel-en-Aarde Rhone Blends #TourismForAll

Hemel-en-Aarde is mainly known for Pinot Noir.  The Cape winter demands something bigger, something bolder.  Step in Rhone blends.  A combination of the Rhone varietals: Syrah/Shiraz for colour and darker fruit flavours, Grenache for aging ability, Mourvedre for structure, Viognier for aroma and Cinsault for softness. Voila! You have red perfection ready for slow sipping. The dramatics… Read More Hemel-en-Aarde Rhone Blends #TourismForAll

Why I♥Hermanus #6

What’s not to love about all the great wines produced in Hermanus and the surrounding vineyards? Amongst the many varietals available is my favourite – the fickle yet highly prized Pinot Noir.  Access to the quality Pinot Noirs is one of the reasons why I love living in Hermanus. Hamilton Russell Vineyards planted vines almost forty years ago and initiated… Read More Why I♥Hermanus #6