Riesling & Rarities Rock Festival, Hartenberg

Friday, 16 January 2015|News, Wine tasting|

Asking about my favourite wine is, I imagine, a bit like asking a mother to name her favourite kid. It’s tricky to comment, because I love them all. But if you got all insistent about it, I’d probably have to admit that Riesling is right up there. I love it dry. I love it off-dry. I just adore it in […]

Lanzerac wine estate, Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 7 January 2015|Wine tasting|

My earliest memory of the Lanzerac wine estate dates back 30 odd years. I was super impressed. Not by their wines of course. Being fairly sensible folk, my parents didn’t stand for that sort of nonsense from an 8-year old. Nope, Mini Me was gobsmacked by their Cape Dutch manor house. We didn’t really have those in […]

festive franschhoek, 10-16 december

Friday, 5 December 2014|News, Wine tasting|

Being a frightful Francophile, it’s probably unsurprising that I am rather fond of Franschhoek. My association with this charming Boland village goes way back. (It is of course obligatory to call it a ‘village’ as it’s far too charming and elegant for the rather ordinary moniker of ‘town’.)

Now I’m not going to say how far back, as I’ve been lying […]

Anthonij Rupert wine estate – Franschhoek

Wednesday, 26 November 2014|Wine tasting|

Coveting is wrong, and as a general principle it’s something I try to avoid. But two Saturdays ago my resolve to be a better person was tested in new ways. See an invite to visit the Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate on the outskirts of the charming Boland town of Franschhoek came my way.

Now contrary […]

Hartenberg picnic

Saturday, 18 October 2014|Wine tasting|

To say I’ve been working like a dog lately is putting it mildly. Up and at it as early as 4am some mornings, still slogging away as late as 9pm some nights. Yup, working like a dog.

I’m not sure where this expression comes from. Maybe those overactive English sheepdogs. Maybe huskies pulling sleds in sub-zero temperatures and seemingly enjoying it. […]

Laborie wine estate

Tuesday, 20 May 2014|Wine tasting|

It doesn’t take much to get me to a wine estate. There’s wine after all, which I guess is pretty much my second favourite thing in the world. Add my absolute favourite – food – to the mix, and I’m there like a bear. And so it was last Saturday. The fine folks from Laborie wine estate […]