Neil Ellis, Pesto & Wine Play, Summer 2018/19

Wednesday, 5 December 2018|Wine tasting|

As one leaves Stellenbosch, heading to Franschhoek on the R310, one encounters Helshoogte Pass. Now for my foreign readers, the literal translation of Helshoogte is hell’s heights. And hellish it is. As I know only too well from cycling up it more times than I care to remember.

All I did on these occasions was look down at the tar and […]

Fryer’s Cove Vineyards

Wednesday, 28 November 2018|Wine tasting|

If ever there were an example of what can happen when imagination meets determination, Fryer’s Cove Vineyards would be it. Located about 300km from Cape Town up the West Coast, this is a vineyard that never should have been. Why? Well, because pretty much everything counted against it. For starters, it’s incredibly small – as in only four […]

Some must-try rosé wines for summer 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018|Wine tasting|

Pink is an unabashedly feminine and festive summery colour. Now this may be a gender issue, but my love of all things pink most definitely extends to wine too. Apparently I’m not alone, for the popularity of rosé wines is going only one way in SA, and that’s up.

I first discovered the wondrousness of a proper rosé in what I […]

Wine, market and festival news December 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017|Markets, News, Wine tasting|

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ presented by Mastercard, 2 & 3 December 2017

Nothing but nothing says Time To Celebrate! quite like Champagne. Which is why it’s so nice to kick off the festive season celebrations with the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. With the iconic Huguenot Monument providing a spectacular backdrop, you’ll have […]

Windmeul Cellar, Paarl

Tuesday, 14 November 2017|Markets, Wine tasting|

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – the Paarl wine region is a favourite of mine. But it’s the modest wineries of the Agter-Paarl that are the real gem, the open secret you really should know about because in this area it’s not about the 300-year-old manor houses and perfectly manicured landscapes, it’s all about the wine. […]

Perdeberg wines, Paarl wine route, South Africa

Tuesday, 15 August 2017|Wine tasting|

Taking the N1 north out of Cape Town is always a bit of a treat. Granted, the first few kilometres can be a challenge, with normally dense urban traffic raised to near chaos level by seemingly permanent road works. But then round about the 30km mark something magical happens – malls and suburbia make way for tranquil countryside with almost […]