Wine Experiences & Accessories

/Wine Experiences & Accessories

My husband Mark, and I share an interest in wine. We both have independently completed various Certificates and Diplomas in Wine and only recently reduced our wine book library to about 1600 books!
The most revered room in our home is our rather quirky, baroque wine cellar! It is temperature controlled to maintain a cool 16°C, old worn Persian rugs adorn the floor and deep pink walls show off the collection of interesting wines.

We belong to a number of wine tasting groups, where we have the opportunity to formally taste and explore many wines and styles. We regularly spend a few informal hours tasting what is new in the magnificent Cape Winelands. In addition to this, we always taste and study the wines wherever we travel. We even found a rather delicious Chenin Blanc in Thailand!

I will share some of these vineous adventures with you.

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

2017-10-25T12:50:01+00:00October 28th, 2017|Wine Experiences & Accessories|

Hamilton Russell Wines specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while their neighbouring farm Ashbourne, also belonging to Anthony Hamilton Russell, diversifies with reds: Pinotage, Cinsaut, Grenache and whites: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The winemaker at Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Emul Ross, hosted a special tasting in the barrel maturation cellar. We were [...]

La Vierge Wines

2017-10-25T12:37:47+00:00October 25th, 2017|Dining in & out, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

As you drive up the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley you cannot miss the bright pink doors of La Vierge Private Cellar. The unusual appearance prepares you for just that ..... the unusual! You enter the tasting room and the restaurant over a bridge overlooking the huge stainless steel tanks of the winery. [...]

French inspired meal to match a Bordeaux Wine tasting

2017-08-01T20:49:39+00:00August 1st, 2017|Dining in & out, From the Kitchen, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

Our small, ladies only, wine group meets monthly in our homes. The hostess presenting the wine tasting also prepares the meal. Last night I presented a Bordeaux Blend comprising of all 5 Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot and then we tasted all the single varietals to understand how [...]