Friday, October 02, 2020

This Week's MENU. Perdeberg, Ayama Artichoke Festival, CWG Auction preview, Groote Post Seasalter, Old Mutual Trophy

The view across the Perdeberg valley from Ayama

Life appears to be returning to normal. We have several stories to tell this week and we have been able to drive to an interesting event. Not so normal is the gale force wind we have had here in Sea Point which has wreaked havoc in our garden and which knocked out a lot of Sea Point’s electricity last night. Thumbs up to the City Council which restored it while we were sleeping. Our stories follow, click on the titles or the pictures to open them; enjoy!

A quick visit to Perdeberg Winery

On our way to the Artichoke Festival at Ayama last Saturday, we made a quick call at Perdeberg Wines in Paarl's Voor Paardeberg area. Scudding clouds and a lovely view of a hillside of vineyards as we drove in. This is a producer we so recommend that you visit. There is a good selection of wines available at affordable prices, friendly people and an area just under an hour from Cape Town, with lovely country views. We took the R302 country road from Durbanville. And there are other good wine farms in the area, like Vondeling, Ayama and Scali, to visit.  It is the area where some of our best Chenin Blanc grapes are grown. Read On…

Artichoke Festival at Ayama, Voor Paardeberg

We were invited to visit Ayama and enjoy their annual Artichoke Festival. The owners, Ottilio and Michela Dalpiaz, are Italian from the North of Italy and they have planted all the things they love on the farm, from artichokes to olives, almonds - yes, they say they do want to make Amaretto in future - and some Italian grape varietals.  Both are trained wine makers. When they came to South Africa in 2004, they fell in love with the Cape and bought a wine farm called Slent which grew very good Chenin Blanc. Read on...

The 2020 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction - live on line this Saturday

John went to Somerset West to the offices of the Cape Winemakers Guild to collect two wine samples which they offered us, as there was no trade/media tasting this year because of Covid. We were very sad to miss what for us is always the tasting of the year. The idea is that we should drink these while watching the Auction live on line on Saturday. It is going to be very exciting; we will be sitting in front of our computers toasting the results. The Guild wines are from some of our star winemakers and are worth supporting. Read On…

Online launch of Groote Post Seasalter 2020

We watched the launch by the Groote Post wine estate team of their SeaSalter 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, made by winemaker Lukas Wentzel. Groote Post is just outside Darling and benefits from the cold air which comes in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Read On…

The Old Mutual Trophy 2020

The results of the Old Mutual Trophy were published on Wednesday 30h September and you can watch the video on this link:
The judges also give some feedback on videos. Read On…

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