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
The 5th Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration included events on the different farms. I was fortunate enough to make the Creation guest list. I spent the morning tasting Burgundian Pinot Noirs along that of Hemel-en-Aarde Creation Pinots.
Gansbaai is just less than an hour’s drive south from Hermanus. It’s a slow drive as the road is windy and a little bumpy at times. The journey takes one through beautiful fynbos landscapes and past a few of the Overberg’s fine wine estates. Halfway through the ride is the heritage town of Stanford where… Read More Road Trip to Gansbaai #WeDoTourism
When last have you heard about a South African winery making wine for 8 generations? Stettyn Cellars outside Wocester can add this legacy to their winemaking story.. The Botha family bought the Wocester farm in the 1700s and today some 8th generation siblings have taken over the winemaking process with 4 family farms in close… Read More Stettyn Cellar Wocester
Sipping on The Drift’s There Are Still Mysteries Pinot Noir 2015 the question arose “why Pinot Noir is so pricey”. With a price tag on the other side of R500 this wine might be great but it ain’t cheap. Walk the aisles of any wine shop and the price lifts when you approach the Pinot… Read More The Price of Pinot
The Fermentation Society is all about wine. Enjoying wine is a mandatory requirement for membership and one which I am happy to include in my skills set. Bubbly is served on arrival and corks were popped to pour Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel – South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique – and a bottle of Mcgregor’s Lords.… Read More Fermentation Society – The Wine
It started like most things… with a good idea. The Fermentation Society was conceived in a neigbourhood with no shortage of creative women. The women might not meet often but when they do its m indulgence of good wine, food and most importantly, good company. Seven women of different backgrounds, varying ages but all living… Read More Fermentation Society – The Start