Video: The Swartland Revolution in 4 minutes

A short, rough and ready film of the 2011 Swartland Revolution:

Cape Point

One of the treasures of the western Cape is Cape Point. An absolute must visit if you are in South Africa. We had a great day there.

A visit to Haskell and Dombeya

Rianie Strydom

OK, it’s a holiday, but I’m in wine country, and so it’s a chance to add in the odd low key visit.

I agreed to lunch at Haskell Vineyards’ Long Table restaurant, with Keith and Rita Prothero. Numbers swelled somewhat, and it became a major event,with PR Nicolette Waterford, Richard Kershaw MW, winemaker Rianie [...]

A lovely Italian-influenced wine dinner

Had a lovely dinner here last night at Rodwell House. Robin had invited Johann Innerhofer and Laura Mauri (who own a wine farm and restaurant in Somerset West, with an incredible wine list) and Duncan and Zani Savage (Cape Point). We ate and drank very well.

After kicking off with a Charles Melton Rose and Pieropan [...]

Fun in St James

So, after the rigours and immense celebrations of the Revolution, some down time.

I arrived at St James in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon. I’m staying at Rodwell House, the luxury hotel owned by Robin von Holdt of the Top 100 Wines competition.

We had a relaxing dinner together in his apartment, after sharing some wine by [...]

The Swartland Revolution

Me trying to be a revolutionary!

What can be said about the Swartland revolution?

One of the planet’s most remarkable wine events has come and gone. It was an incredible experience, and I was so thrilled to be part of it.

Olivier Clape

Everything about it just worked. The scale – around 280 people – was perfect. [...]

Having fun in the Swartland and Voor Paardeberg

Callie Louw

The Swartland revolution is soon to kick off. Before then, I have about 20 minutes to blog on some of the fun I’ve been having in the last day or so.

Last night I went to dinner at Callie Louw’s place on Porseleinberg (Porcelain Mountain), along with a whole bunch of winemakers, and the [...]

In Riebeek Kasteel, and a visit to the Wine Kollective seems in order

So I arrived in Cape Town this morning, picked up a tiny, under-powered rental car, and headed out to Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland. Tomorrow, the Revolution begins.

I got a bit lost in Malmesbury, because of a road closure, but arrived around 1 pm at the Royal Hotel. So I decided to walk around town, [...]

Off to South Africa

I’ll very shortly be boarding a plane to head off to Cape Town. I’m really looking forward to returning to South Africa for the second time this year. It’s a great place to visit because so much is going on in the wine scene there.

As is the case with quite a few countries these days [...]

Beaujolais 2010

Very impressed by these six Beaujolais wines from the 2010 vintage.

2009 in Beaujolais was highly praised as a miracle vintage. The wines were fabulous. And it looks as if 2010 might be just as good, or perhaps even better. These wines were part of a major offer by The Wine Society, and are the constituents [...]