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The usual heat in the Cape over the picking season over the past couple of months, with some rain added to the mix, has resulted in some speedy picking once the winemakers were happy with the correct phenolic ripeness and sugar levels of the grapes....

[caption id="attachment_2202" align="alignright" width="368"] Botanica Chenin Blanc Grapes[/caption] Chenin Blanc, the versatile white wine variety, which hails from the Anjou region in the Loire Valley in France, produces a range of styles from bone dry through to rich and sweet. Good examples include unwooded, dry to...

Blaauwklippen wine farm in Stellenbosch first planted the variety Zinfandel in 1978 (Zinfandel is an exotic and unique red cultivar which originated on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast). From this bush vine vineyard the then wine maker Walter Finlayson won the Diners Club Winemaker of the year...

[caption id="attachment_2190" align="alignleft" width="560"] Entrance to J.C. Le Roux[/caption] The month of February always seems to bring romance into our lives especially with the sunny balmy weather we are experiencing and that we also celebrate Valentine’s Day with our loved ones. And what do we do...

  Our winemaker friends are pleased about what is going on in the vineyards. They're abuzz with happy people noises and the clip, clip, clip of the pruning shears for the grapes picked by hand and the hum of the automated picking machines. Picking is usually...

“Bampfields 6 of the Best” – Our February Selection Lovely easy drinking wines from our team this month with a bottle of each Alexanderfontein Boutonnière Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Usana Pinot Gris 2012 Andy Mitchell Nerina Rose 2010 Glen Carlou Tortoise Hill Red 2011 Vrede en Lust Mocholate Malbec 2012 Simonsig...

[caption id="attachment_2160" align="alignright" width="392"] The famous avenue of trees[/caption] In 2009 The Neethlingshof wine estate outside  Stellenbosch launched a  highly successful reserve tier of wines, made exclusively from hand-picked grapes, which are named The Short Story Collection.  They draw attention to Neethlingshof’s rich and varied narratives,...

Purchase any Warwick wine during the month of February 2013 at our Newlands store to enter the competition   Wines on promorion for the month of February 2013 Three Cape Ladies @ R134.50 Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc @ R96.50 The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay @ R68.50...

Once a month we head off from Cape Town to our retreat in the Koue Bokkeveld and to get there I often vary the route to make the trip more interesting. However a favourite (and must say shorter route) is via the Huguenot tunnel and...

Steenberg Vineyards, the oldest farm in the Constantia Valley, has a portfolio of exceptional wines which I enjoy tasting on a frequent basis! A couple of years ago they introduced their Intriguing HMS range of wines  which certainly added another wonderful dimension to the Steenberg...