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Muratie Dinner Fun

July 29th, 2011 by karen

I met Francois Conradie, the winemaker from Muratie of the last 6 years, at the Wine Judges Academy earlier this year.  After bumping into him at Old Mutual Trophy Show tasting again it was marvellous to receive an invitation to join him, the Melck family, and other guests for a dinner at the estate.  I…

UK & USA Taste and Conquer – 2 Day Winelands Tour

July 27th, 2011 by karen

Jim and Judi from Chicago, met Michael and Eleni from London on a cruise-liner 8 years ago and have gone on annual trips together ever since.  This means they know each other pretty well and being such a personable bunch it wasn’t long before I felt part of their “clan” too.  On collection from Cape…

KC Canteen Spectacular Spanish Affair – Ole

July 27th, 2011 by karen

Having not been to KC Canteen before,  our excitement for the event was evident as we were the first to arrive!  The atmosphere built quickly during the evening with twitterati arriving in their droves and wine and beer on tap enjoyed all round Seated at a casual long table the noise levels increased as plate…

Nederburg Auction 2011 – Media Tasting

July 20th, 2011 by karen

On a cold, winter’s Monday morning we were treated to a selection of 51 wines from the main line-up for this year’s auction.  There’s only 1 bubbly for auction but it brought the palate to life! Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel was first made in 1971 and this 2005 vintage can still do no wrong! All in…

KGB Wine Club hosts Nabygelegen

July 19th, 2011 by karen

The first time I came across Nabygelegen was during the Wellington Harvest Festival this year.  I was really impressed by James Mckenzie for several reasons.  The first reason was that James was manning the table he had set up in the cellar himself and guiding people through their experience of his wines.  The second, third,…

Bosman Family Vineyards & Lelienfontein Vinegrowers

July 14th, 2011 by karen

At the tasting with winemaker, Corlea Fourie, at Bosman Family Vineyards over the Wellington Festival earlier this year she invited me to go back in winter to learn about their vine nursery.  What an incredible experience!! At Bosman Family Vineyards a wine legacy of eight generations are respectfully continued on Lelienfontein Estate after the first…

Mini Viognier “Taste Off”

July 14th, 2011 by karen

With summer surprising us with a visit mid-July it seemed like an ideal occasion to open some food friendly white wines at an impromptu lunch.  Thus the creation of a mini Viognier “taste-off” between Tamboerskloof 2010 and Gabrielskloof 2009 with our guest Melissa (@Merlot_Girl). We paired both wines with recipes from the recent editions of…

Build up to Nederburg Auction 2011

July 11th, 2011 by karen

Cream of SA’s wines to be sold at 37th Nederburg Auction “Exclusivity”, “prestige” and “ultimate indulgence” are just some of the expressions that come to mind when a selection of more than 160 of South Africa’s finest wines come together with the sole purpose of going under the hammer at this year’s annual Nederburg Auction…

In the glass

July 4th, 2011 by karen

A pictorial representation of some wines we enjoyed at our leisure over the past few weeks: Stony Brook Heart of the Lees Sauvignon Blanc – a lightly wooded Sauvignon Blanc – pale gold, vanillins, complexity with acid and minerality. Dreamy Andreas Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon Blend – a surprise find from the estate during Wellington…