Red Wine, Plaisir De Merle Grand Plaisir 2008

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! This wine estate is one I first visited with my brother and his family, a couple of years ago, and it was poetic in that the first time I tried one of their wines, we were together, and had to chuckle at how one of our friends seemed very eager to tell us the name of the wine estate, with the French accent in play. I still bumble my pronunciation, but Malose that night had the words just roll off his tongue. You can imagine when Chomba was in Pick n’ Pay, and she sent me a WhatsApp picture asking if she should buy this bottle of the Grand Plaisir 2008, my answer was an enthusiastic YES, given the price point, the age of the wine and the wine estate that was established in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains between Paarl and Franschoek.

A decanter need not be a convoluted shape IMO, simply allow for enough surface area for aerating

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Wine With Friends, Not Whine With Friends

Happy Freedom Day! For those of you that are readers of the blog, Wine With Friends, and are not South African, the significance of today is that on the 27th April 1994, for the first time in the history of South Africa, Black people could vote in the national elections! That’s a long time of oppression for Black people considering that since 1652 this country, (at the bottom of Africa) has been infiltrated and influenced primarily by the “pioneers”, (as they were referred to when you study history)  from Europe. It is at this point that I will contain myself, as this blog is about wine with friends, not whine with friends.

If you use your imagination, you can see the South African flag amongst the flowers

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Red Wine, Diemersfontein Pinotage 2015

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Diemersfontein prides itself on being the original coffee Pinotage since 2001. It is a beautiful wine and country estate, with views of the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s Kloof mountain ranges.  A 45 minute drive from Cape Town, we have been to the estate a few times, as well as some of the neighbouring Wellington wine farms, as Chomba and I had to fulfil our desire to experience the chocolate and coffee Pinotage offerings of the wines of the region. It is therefore quite surprising that I have yet to blog about a Pinotage wine, when it is such a favourite in the household.

Diemersfonetin Pinotage 2015 Uncorked

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Imaginary Lines, Weekly Photo Shop

My Weekly Photo Shop post does not yet have a personality and boundaries. It is my freedom to express mode on the blog. It is always a ‘story’, driven by the photograph, rather than my usual blog posts which are the photographs driven by the ‘wine story’.

This week I will share this photograph I took on my last visit to Cape Point in 2015. It is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. I am always fascinated at how people come here, and try to convince you to see the line they see where the two oceans meet.

Seeing how we respond politically of late, the funny side of the Cape Point experience is drowned a bit for me. People are obsessed with separation and lines, in spite of all the evidence that we are not that dissimilar and that we all want the same thing…

Have a nice day

Where East Meets West

Red Wine, Raka Quinary 2013

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Every time I see a bottle of Raka Quinary I think of Tiro, a friend of mine, who introduced me to the wine as one of his favourites. I did not know where the wine farm was situated. Checking online, it makes the region an accidental follow, in the neighbourhood of the wine of last week, the Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc. The farm is situated in the valley of the Kleinrivier mountains, the southernmost mountain range in South Africa.

It’s not quite a mermaid, more half man and half beast

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White Wine, Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! My brother and his wife left me a couple of bottles of wine from the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate after their last visit. I have been meaning to visit this wine estate in Walker Bay, Hermanus, for the last decade. The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015, was released in April 2016 and the wine bottle, with white label, completed by the ‘premium gold foil embossed design’ looks quite elegant and appealing to the eye.

The power of ambiance, to be served very cold

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Mystery Wine, Weekly Photo Shop

It’s going to be another belter of a week as far as my day job is concerned. Still, I will blog and post the wine of the week on Wednesday. I took the opportunity for my weekly photo to segue into the wine that I will be sharing so I would be surprised if you guessed the wine estate. Then again, had you ever heard of Anwilka, a farm that produced last week’s wine of the week?

A hint of the tasting to come on Wednesday, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc

Red Wine, Anwilka Petit Frère 2012

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Anwilka vineyards remains unknown to me as a wine farm and is situated on the south end of Stellenbosch. I discovered this bottle of Petit Frère while wine tasting at Klein Constantia wine farm in the autumn of 2015. On tasting the wine at the wine farm, it really did not appeal to either Chomba or myself. However, we did think that it could be better with time, so took a gamble buying one bottle, knowing that it would be put away for aging.

This Is Jordan Photography

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