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Pop Up Lunch at Hartenberg

May 26th, 2014 by karen

My hubby and I were invited to the French inspired feast created by Chef Craig Cormack at the pop up restaurant at Hartenberg. The atmosphere, wines, lunch and personalities of the winemakers and chef made for a memorable outing! “Nestled north-west of Stellenbosch, the Bottelary Hills Wine Route reveals a somewhat ‘hidden world’ of quality…

UnWined Courses 2014

March 24th, 2014 by karen

If you haven’t yet heard the exciting news, UnWined is back! The re-launch of these Wine Appreciation courses kicked off with a bang in 2014! We sold out our maximum number of seats for all four courses which began in March through to October – all of which were run at the Vineyard Hotel. Here is some…

Cool Climate Chardonnay Tweet-Up

February 22nd, 2014 by karen

February 2014 saw a group of 14 social media wine folk gather at Caroline’s Fine Wines in Cape Town to taste 11 Cool Climate Chardonnays from Elgin producers. The event lasts about 1.5 hours where we taste through the wines in various flights and tweet our thoughts and questions which can be immediately answered by…

Cape Winemakers Guild Protege Program 2013

August 15th, 2013 by karen

I recently attended a presentation and luncheon at Ernie Els for the Cape Winemakers Guild Protege Programme. This is a mentorship programme through which Viticulture and Oenology graduates are given the opportunity to work alongside Guild Members, some of SA’s top winemakers, for 3 years.  Spending a year at each estate lays a good foundation for…

New Spier Adventure

April 29th, 2013 by karen

Admittedly I have not been to Spier for nearly a decade, apart from taking tour guests to the Cheetah Sanctuary which has obviously now moved. What an amazing surprise when we got to spend a couple of days there! They are promoting the estate as a destination to visit for fabulous food, wine and the…

In the Glass – April 2013

April 29th, 2013 by karen

Nitida is one of the closest wine estates to our home and we love to get out to Durbanville as often as we can to do tastings. We picked this beauty, their Coronata White 2009 white blend up a few years ago. Perfect drinking! It always amazes me when I meet people who have lived…

Glen Carlou’s 25th Birthday Celebrations

April 22nd, 2013 by karen

Graham Beck – The Game Reserve Range

April 22nd, 2013 by karen

Graham Beck already has a large portfolio as a brand which includes restaurants and wines but they have recently launched an new range onto the local market (the range is already available globally in about 30 countries having been launched at Cape Wine 2012 and Prowein 2013), called The Game Reserve range which is aimed…

Highlights of Taste of Cape Town 2013

April 17th, 2013 by karen

I believe that all the interest and build up to this years Taste of Cape Town festival was well worth it. I’m told they had record numbers through the gate and the exhibitors seem to be reporting pretty similar feedback in terms of sales and feedback. We’ve not been on a Sunday before but we…

KGB Wine Tours out and about March & April 2013

April 16th, 2013 by karen

  Tours have been incredibly busy during March and April. I am always most humbled and grateful to have return guests and many days have been filled with people returning from Canada, the USA and Seychelles to spend more days with KGB Wine Tours. Its incredibly difficult to take photos during these tours as each…

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