Wine Shows and Events

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…

Glen Carlou’s 25th Birthday Celebrations

April 22nd, 2013 by karen

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…

IWSC South African Tasting 2013

January 30th, 2013 by karen

It was wonderful to attend this event again. Certainly far more wines than people in the room but such a privilege to get to taste such a huge array of fine wines at one time. As usual the international wines were finished within the hour. The three international wines that stood out for me were:…

IWSC – SA Tasting 2012

January 31st, 2012 by karen

I thoroughly enjoyed the informal SA 2012 tasting of IWSC wines hosted at the Grand Roche Hotel last week. I was glad I got there early as the wines were available on a “pour you own” system with whites warming up quite quickly in the heat we have been experiencing over the past few weeks. …

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…

Hermanus Food and Wine Festival 2011

August 19th, 2011 by karen

We spent 2 days at the festival which offered us the opportunity to taste through white wines on the first day and concentrate on reds the second.  However, with the number of estates represented, and each with a large range of wines I limited my tastings to the estates I was less familiar with or…

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