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!
How do we define quality in a wine? Is it an intrinsic or extrinsic property of the wine? That is, is quality something that a wine possesses independent of the occasion of drinking, or the drinker, or not? The most useful definition of quality is fitness for purpose. We can no more ask someone what […]… Read More When it comes to wine, context rules!
Flying high can be a thirsty affair. Most passengers call for a drink the minute the dong goes to announce smooth flying with no safety belts are required. The airline wine world is serious business and given the following facts it is no surprise that wineries view airline listings as prestigious and valuable complement to… Read More Drinking Well While Flying High #bonvoyage