Wine Club

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…

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…

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,…

KGB Wine Club enters Blaauwklippen Blending Competition

June 30th, 2011 by karen

One of the very first events I attended, after heading out on my own into the wine world as KGB Wine, was the event hosted by Blaauwklippen to announce the winner of their blending competition.  We got to taste the “top 4” as chosen by the panel previously and the winner was announced on the…

KGB Wine Club – Gabrielskloof April 2011

April 21st, 2011 by karen

My hubby and I took ourselves off to explore the wines of the Overberg for a weekend in November and stopped off at the relatively new kid on the block, Gabrielskloof, in Bot River,  for lunch on the Saturday.  We were thoroughly impressed with the wines, as well as the food, the views and the…

Ernst Gouws & Co – KGB Wine Club – February 2011

February 25th, 2011 by karen

Having hosted Teddy Hall twice at the wine club over the past two years I was delighted that he passed on my details to Ernst Gouws and equally excited when Ernst approached me with an interest to get involved in the wine club himself.  My focus has generally been on boutique wineries, most commonly where…

KGB Wine Club – Louis & Saltare

October 21st, 2010 by karen

It has been an absolute joy to host Louis and Saltare wines as my boutique wineries for September and October. I first came across Carla Pauw when I tasted the Crios Bride range of wines she made for Neil Yorke Smith which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I then bumped into her doing a tasting on her…

Laibach – July 2010

July 13th, 2010 by karen

I met Francois van Zyl, the winemaker of Laibach, when he was the guest speaker for the WINE Magazine Organic Wine tastings a couple of months ago.  What a character!  He not only had people crying with laughter from his humour but he taught us a few things too, and is a great ambassador for…

Bartinney & Hermit on the Hill – May 2010

June 6th, 2010 by karen

Bartinney was my “white wine find” at WineX last year.  I immediately spoke to Therese de Beer (their passionate and energetic winemaker / jill-of-all-trades) and we agreed to work together once their new tasting room was open and things had settled down a little.  Bartinney is situated on the hellish high slopes of Helshoogte Pass…

Wine Club (November 2009) – De Grendel

November 1st, 2009 by karen

One of Cape Town’s oldest farms, De Grendel has a magnificent centuries-old history within the Graaff family. Nestled atop Tygerberg Hill, De Grendel showcases Table Mountain, the city and the seaboard all in one landscape. This dramatic expanse of land, that is home to their vineyards (first planted in 1998), is carefully crafted by Winemaker’s…

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