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In the Glass – Sept 2011

September 20th, 2011 by karen

Enjoying a glass of Laibach‘s Lady Bird Red 2009 brings back memories of many laughs with the highly amusing winemaker Francois  van Zyl whom I hosted for a series at KGB Wine Club last year Having purchased this bottle of Freedom Hill Shiraz 2004 a few years ago we caught it just before it crossed…

Sabrage and fun at Haute Cabriere

September 20th, 2011 by karen

Achim von Arnim, owner and MD at Haute Cabriere is a well respected presence in the wine industry. Indeed, he was even included in Wine Magazine’s South African Wine Legends article in their final issue.  Getting to meet the eccentric Achim was similar to that of a larger than life legend who entertained us with…

KGB Wine Club hosts Lyngrove Estate

September 20th, 2011 by karen

Lyngrove Wines and Guest House is based in the golden triangle of Stellenbsoch which is where I discovered them at the Helderberg Festival last year.  They are not generally open for tasting so my hubby and I took advantage of this occasion to explore the guest house grounds, 80 hectares of vineyards, and taste their…

Spreading the local love of wine to USA guests

September 20th, 2011 by karen

With Spring on its way it looks like tourism has increased to the Cape and not many of them are able to leave without a few days in our majestic winelands.  I’m grateful to have met and spent a few days with a wine student from Switzerland and a couple from Tokyo.  I also met…

Holden Manz – Heavenly Fondue and Guest House

September 19th, 2011 by karen

As most of you are aware Guy Kedian left Maison Estate in Franschhoek and has moved just a little further up the road to the ex-Kleingenot farm on Green Valley road, now called Holden Manz. “The owners, Gerard and Migo, have British, German and French connections and fell in love with South Africa and the…

Shiraz Showcase 2011

September 19th, 2011 by karen

Shiraz Showcase Shiraz-Op-Skou   20 September 2011 Don’t miss this unique opportunity…. Moenie hierdie unieke geleentheid mis nie…. The Cream of South Africa’s award-winning Shiraz Superstars will be lined up at Die room van Suid-Afrika se gesogte Shiraz Supersterre gaan skouer aan skouer staan by THE THIRD SHIRAZ SHOWCASE DIE DERDE SHIRAZ-OP-SKOU Date Tuesday, 20…

Botriviera Festival 2011 – Success!

September 19th, 2011 by karen

We attended the Bot Riviera Spring Festival for the first time this year.  What amazing hosts those folk are!  And do they know how to party! Nicolene Heyns from Gabrielskloof offered us accommodation for the evening following the Winemakers dinner on the Friday where Melissa Nelsen from Genevieve  hosted us.  The Winemakers dinner was held…

Rare wines hold their own at 2011 Nederburg Auction

September 19th, 2011 by karen

PRESS RELEASE A new record price for a South African wine, a steep increase in prices and great international interest in SA rare wines marked the 37th Nederburg Auction, held in Paarl on 16 and 17 September 2011. Overall income jumped to R6,133,840, up 8% from the R5,7 million fetched last year, but with about…

Cape Winemakers Guild Pre-Tasting & Auction 2011

September 13th, 2011 by karen

The CWG public tasting is always a highlight on my annual wine calendar and this year was no different in celebrating some of the countries top wines and winemakers.  In fact, there has been much noise made about the new selection criteria for this years’ auction wines.  I agree with Norman McFarlane’s take on it…

“God’s Window” – Creation Wine Estate

September 13th, 2011 by karen

I have been lucky enough to visit the Creation Wine Estate several times over the past few months and the view, as well as my experiences there never fail to leave an impression! Creation was kind enough to offer me tickets to the Hermanus Food and Wine Festival.  My  hubby and I went to the…