Picture A Fresh Start

I have not posted to the blog since mid-December (I have been counting). I am in Verlorenkloof, with limited access to the internet. I am still on holiday.  I have all the time in the world to get lost inside my head, bond with family and friends, while also getting to go on long nature walks. I am surrounded by these green carpet like mountains. Birds, that are foreign to me, chirp away, with their unique vocal chords on display, as I wander.

The rolling hills and a view of one of the crofts

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Perceptions Towards Premium South African Wines Have Changed in the UK

It’s about time! We have great wines in South Africa, and I am glad to hear that there is a shift in the air for the UK wine drinkers. Greg Sherwood MW, a Fine Wine Buyer at Handford Wines in South Kensington seems to think so.

How Consumer Perceptions Towards Premium South African Wines Have Changed in the UK Over the Past 10… – http://wp.me/p6HVlJ-fZ

Is It Blind Faith, Or Seeing Is Believing?

I never quite know where a blog post will take me. I am particularly talking about blog posts I write, as opposed to the ones I read. I get an idea in my head. I put pen to paper, literally scribing what looks like hieroglyphics to some, as my handwriting is not something I get compliments for. I then type, on my computer and that in itself is version one of editing. What was written on paper is not what ends up on the first version of the typed story. I feel my way around, as I type and meander. I finish typing and print, read, and edit again with pencil in hand. Sometimes the editing is gentle tweaks, and sometimes it’s brutal culling that materially changes the story.
You can’t see it, but you are confident in your belief that there is something there

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Chardonnay, Groot Constantia Chardonnay…

A James Bond like introduction in the title? Where do I start with my wine review of this celebrated vintage. The Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013! It was judged best Chardonnay in the world in 2015. 800 wines were entered from across the globe, so this is a big deal. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in South Africa, and and it’s not simply because their vineyard is down the road that I am sharing this review. It’s because this chardonnay is something to write home about.
It’s a little ceremony when Choms and I open and enjoy a bottle of wine

Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish, The Flagship Of SA Whisky

You could say that my love for whisky, how I choose to enjoy it, puts me in the ‘whisky snob’ category. Put it to you this way, I will not judge you for how you drink your whisky. Having said that, I will not serve you the whisky I buy, if you are going to put ice in it! This may come across as a ‘not so friendly’ introduction I know, but I wanted to set the ground rules before we venture off into my imagination and tasting notes.

Packaged as a Limited Release should be
Packaged as a Limited Release should be

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A Symphony Of Taste, Compliments Of The Chef’s Table

Food can take you on a journey, if the cook has an appreciation for flavours. When you visit a restaurant, the chef can add ambiance to the experience, making the journey all that much more exquisite. Chef Franck Dangereux, is a chef I’ve discovered and grown to know, where the gastronomic experience is different every meal.

Chomba was attached to the corner of the table she chose, as it gave her the best of views to go with her meal
Chomba was attached to the corner of the table she chose, as it gave her the best of views to go with her meal

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Food Glorious Food, With A Twist!

I’m not sure if you have seen an Oliver Twist production. When I get excited by good food, I remember vividly, the scene as the cast bursts into singing Food glorious food! Only for them, it was as they could close their eyes and imagine the food, not what was really before them.

Tapas selection of tempura prawn, carpaccio and calamari
Tapas selection of tempura prawn, carpaccio and calamari

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Wine Tasting, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Is As Good As Blind Tasting

This Châteauneuf-du-Pape was commensurate to the day, the weekend and the week! I didn’t choose to celebrate with it because it is a well known French wine from the Rhône Valley. I chose it because I wanted the oldest vintage I had in my wine collection, and it just so happened to be the bottle that meets that very criteria.

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The Art Of Photography, Less Is More

Photography is such an interesting art. In my opinion, it’s more of a science, than an art. Particularly if you are not using a ‘point and shoot’ camera. I can settle on the description of ‘its’s an art and a science’ when it comes to photography. The choices you make, when you are the one clicking the button from behind the lens, imbue art with science.

I am a member of a photography club. It’s an exclusive club. Jordan (my eldest daughter) and I are the two members. We love sharing ideas about photography, including the beautiful work that we see by talented photographers. We don’t go on as many photo walks as we would like. With our busy lives, we fail to fit this in. This has made photography projects around the house a viable solution to our problem.

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Step Out Of The Shadows

The Gnomes of Zurich are experts in monetary or financial affairs
The Gnomes of Zurich are experts in monetary or financial affairs

I have written before, about how luck comes to those who take a chance. I sat at my desk, writing in my notebook. My writing, putting pen to paper, serves as a jockey, committing me to my dreams. After I finished writing, and I changed my mode to reading a screen,  I came across these words.

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