The Drinks Business: Cape Wine 2015

First published The Drinks Business 9 October 2015. (Image credit: CapeWine 2015) During September representatives from the wine trade around the world arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for Cape Wine 2015. Held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the event is organised by Wines of South Africa (WOSA) every three years to showcase the […]

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 5 the conference concludes

Yesterday was the final day of the CapeWine 2015 Conference and it started just a touch slower than the previous days for this dedicated wine taster! Before heading to The Apprentice seminar I took the opportunity to follow up with Stephen Richardson of Mellasat Vineyards. At the Wine Oscars of Paarl event I went to the previous […]

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 4 Seminars and Wine Oscars

Day 4 of my trip and day 2 of the actual CapeWine 2015 Conference was action packed. The day started with Listening to the Landscape – the Typicity of our Terroir, a seminar led by highly respected viticulturist Rosa Kruger. My inner wine geek was in heaven as specialists shared detailed information on soil type, climate […]

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: the conference begins

The first official day of the CapeWine 2015 Conference started with a seminar focussing on the New Era for South African Wines and the day went from strength to strength – what a ride we are in for over the coming days! The seminar theme was around innovation and the key role it will play […]

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 2 Stellenbosch Kingdom of Cabernet

Day 2 of CapeWine 2015 concluded with the Stellenbosch Kingdom of Cabernet event at the One & Only resort. Here we tasted through four flights of Cabernet Sauvignon with five wines in each flight. The tasting and panel discussion was led by Greg Sherwood MW with each panel composed of the winemakers for the wines of […]

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 2 Chenin Blanc Party

Our second day in Cape Town began with a Chenin Blanc Party at the Grand Café & Beach in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront area. Looking out over Table Bay we kicked off with a selection of sparkling Chenin Blanc before moving on to a range of mostly dry expressions from a wide range of producers.

Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 1

This is my first trip to South Africa, a region whose wines I have come to enjoy with increasing frequency, so as you can imagine I was super excited to be part of the Asia group travelling from Hong Kong to attend the CapeWine 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa September 15 – 17 […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

Wines of South Africa – now is the time to get onboard!

Helderberg Vineyards. Photographer: Erica Moodie. Credit: WOSA. A celebration of South African wine is taking place in Hong Kong at the moment with Wines of South Africa (WOSA) offering a range of events across the city. In response to a growing export market in China and Hong Kong, WOSA recently opened an office in Hong Kong […]

Meerlust Wine Estate: the pleasure of drinking

Source: Meerlust Wine Estate Wine Tasted Meerlust Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Rubicon, 2008 Year One of the WSET Diploma is done and dusted and in keeping with the metaphor I have dusted off my keyboard and returned to something that gives me great pleasure in addition to drinking wine – writing, or rather, rambling about it! At a […]

A Couple of Little Stars from South Africa

Wines Tasted Morgenster Estate 2005 Morgenster Estate 2003 Morgenster Estate 2001 Beyerskloof Wines, Pinotage Reserve 2011 Beyerskloof Wines, Field Blend 2008 Having recently emerged from the depths of study for my WSET Diploma spirits exam I find myself tasting wines from South Africa, and like Tersina Shieh in her recent article on Swartland producers, I am very […]

The Changing Face of Wines from South Africa

Image credit: Journey’s End Wines Tasted Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Chardonnay, 2011 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Shiraz, 2007 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Merlot, 2007 In a previous post I wrote about the challenges Chilean winemakers face in changing consumer perception of their wines, a perception usually formed at the time the wines first entered the market. Naturally, the […]