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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…

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…

In the Glass – Feb 2013

February 28th, 2013 by karen

I attended a Riesling tasting hosted by Carl Schultz at Hartenberg and we were very kindly given a Hartenberg Riesling 2010 to take home. Though I’m sure this is a wine that can be put away for some time the temptation was too great and we opened it on a very warm Saturday afternoon. Such a…

Winters Drift “Stationed” in Elgin

January 30th, 2013 by karen

Spending much of my time as a wine specialist tour guide I’m always on the look out for somewhere new and interesting to take my guests. Not much has piqued my interest in this regard as I the invitation to attend the opening of the Winters Drift Tasting Station housed in the historic Elgin station…

In the Glass – Jan 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by karen

I think you will see a theme of some wonderful powerful whites this month. Starting with Teddy Hall Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009. We have some of his CWG Auction wines as well so treated ourselves to this stellar example from one of the Chenin Kings Bosman‘s features regularly on my monthly list as I really…

Investigating Riesling

January 21st, 2013 by karen

Last week I attended a tasting of some Rieslings with Carl Schultz in Hartenberg cellar. Carl’s passion for the Riesling grape is a well known one and he mentioned it is the only cultivar he collects personally. He visits Alsace regularly and was lucky enough to be there for the end of 2012 vintage. Carl…

The Gentle Giant of Haut Espoir

January 24th, 2012 by karen

I have been interacting with Rob on Twitter for over a year now, as we do in this “modern” age 🙂 I’ve tasted, and been impressed by, the Haut Espoir (meaning “high hope”) wines I’ve enjoyed with meals at Wakame and Holden Manz.  As is so often the case though, nothing can compare to the…

The Metamorphasis of L’Ormarins

January 19th, 2012 by karen

We recently had some friends visiting from Amsterdam and since one of the lads is very interested in motor cars I automatically added L’Ormarins Estate and Motor Museum to their list of “must see’s” whilst on their self-drive trip through the winelands. What a bonus the suggestion ended up being for us as well, as…

Bouchard Finlayson’s Harmonious Hannibal

January 16th, 2012 by karen

Bouchard Finlayson, established in 1989, has always been a favourite boutique winery of mine and I believe they totally uphold their philosophy and focus to produce wines of the finest quality. Although they are dedicated to the making of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc it is their Hannibal that continues to capture my palate.…

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