On the eve of Hermanus FynArts, as tradition dictates, those who have worked behind the scenes with festival director Mary Faure and administrator Chantel Louskitt gathered at Braemar, Hemel-en-Aarde family home of Anthony Hamilton Russell, to raise a glass to the good fortune of the festival. For a few hours the hard work of the… Read More 2019 Hermanus FynArts
The Bs Stro at La Vierge introduced their new Winter Program which includes two food and wine pairing options for less than R100. Choose between an Original Sin and a Jezebelle Platter in the tasting lounge – no bookings required. At only R95 Bruce and his team will rustle up 4 tasters to match 4… Read More Bs Stro at La Vierge launches Winter Program
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
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
It’s no secret that I enjoy fine wines. And it’s not just about what’s inside. A well designed label and bottle can be very convincing. Then there is the small matter of stemware. It matters too what type of glass you serve my wine in. Clear glass in a shape that complements the variety is… Read More Wine Served Just Absolutely Right
Great news for Cape Whale Coast Tourism is that Hermanus Wine Route is now the fourth most popular wine route in South Africa. The impact of this news is amplified by the results of a 2017 study conducted by Wesgro in partnership with Explore Sideways that found that wine tourism in the Western Cape has… Read More Growth of Wine Tourism in the Cape
How many times have I visited Creation Wines? Too many to count. Still realised that I can never visit this Hemel-en-Aarde winery enough. There is always something new. Currently the food and wine pairing plays to the harvest. Chapter 2 is Written In The Stars. Chardonnay matched with exotic mushroom carpaccio, pecorino, orange maldon, bee… Read More Written in the Stars
This weekend sees the opening of Benguela Cove’s Pirate Golf. A first for the Overberg. An adventure with cascading waterfalls and many pirates. I captured a laid back off duty Johnny Depp with a great vineyard backdrop. The stuff that (adventure) dreams are made off.
The harvest is coming in thick and fast in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is with great expectations that I await the new vintage and anticipate the surprise of special new wines. I visited my friend Brenda de Jager’s garagiste operation in the centre of town and was surprised at how little you… Read More Winemaking Unplugged
Just outside Paarl is a destination that is perfect for tourists, families or anyone in need of taking a break. It is Spice Route and it has everything you would want from a weekend get-away. Open 7 days a week from 9 to 5 you might find yourself meandering from the DV Cafe where coffee,… Read More Spice Route – One destination with many options!