Curiosity pays a high return! That is how I prefer to think, seeing as the more common understanding is curiosity killed the cat. We are on holiday in Italy. Expectations are high, and so far, the country has not disappointed. When I started this blog, it was specifically to write about South African wines. I found it fairly difficult to find any material on the internet, that was independent of the producers (wine farms), if you had any form of enthusiasm about South African wines. Old world countries like Italy, France and Spain do not need a story to be sold about their wines. Wine with friends really ought to not have borders, so let’s make these borders porous.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! It’s Women’s Day as I write this, and I am all alone, without any of the women of my life. Apt, considering I am referring back to my wine tasting notes from the last time I tasted wine without Chomba. The irony of wine pairing, on my own, without the Mrs. The Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is the wine of the moment, and this bottle is available at Woolworths. Two things that I learnt today, the wine farm was bought and renamed in the year that I was born and Jeremy Walker started wine-making in the year that I finished High School. Jeremy’s parents, Eddie and Betty bought the farm.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Today’s post is a bit of a throw back. The name of this wine estate, rings tones of The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon for me. I am literally hearing UB40’s Red, Red Wine in my head as I write.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Just about every blog post I have written here starts with that very sentence. I hope I am not being misunderstood to mean, with that sentence, that there is only one wine for you! In fact, it would be surprising to me if you like wine, and you could tell me with confidence what your favourite wine is . The Syrah, or Shiraz, is one of my favourite wine grapes. It would be a tad bit loose and irresponsible for me to say the grape is my favourite though. So if a grape is hard to choose from, how on earth can I be expected to choose one wine as my favourite? These were the thoughts I was sharing with Chomba as I was opening this bottle of the Amistad Syrah 2012 vintage, a wine by Black Elephant Vintners (Google bevintners).
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! The European travels have come to an end, and we certainly enjoyed the food, wine and beer that France, The Netherlands and Germany had to offer. I respect the Old World wines, but my love for The New World wines has not dwindled. There is plenty room for everyone in my world, so let’s get back to exploring South African wines. Old World wines are simply wines where wine making first originated, and South Africa is not part of that history. The Eagles’ Nest Verreaux was the wine bottle we opened 4 days before taking off on our trip. Have I got a story to tell you, so allow me to be a little bit longer than normal.
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.
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.
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.