{wine} Excelsior’s Reserve Range: about horses, seasons and courage

The stories behind Excelsior Wine Estate‘s Reserve Range reminded me that no matter the season – a long, cold winter will always be followed by the new beginnings of spring. Introduction As we head into the new and warmer beginnings of spring, a figurative awakening starts to happen in our wintery core. We sweep our…

{wine} Celebrating Pinot Noir day with Elgin Ridge Wines’ CRUNCH!

Not only do we celebrate International Pinot Noir Day today,  but we also raise a glass to wine sales resuming. The Elgin Ridge Wines CRUNCH! Pinot Noir 2019 is the perfect toast to what we hope will be a successful remainder of the year. Introduction I draw immense pleasure from the simplest things in life….

{wine} Once, twice with FAT bastard’s Chardonnay: 2019 vintage

The FAT bastard Chardonnay 2019 is a bright bottle of happiness in a year that otherwise started pretty dark. Introduction It’s no secret that I have written thousands of words about Chardonnay. Constantly trying to lure loved ones over to the Chardonnay side, I’ve become quite the ambassador for the varietal.  Having never spared it…

{wine} Robertson Winery’s single serve wines in a can

When a wine heavyweight like Robertson Winery decides to pack their wines into cans, it’s not just a passing craze. On the contrary – they are responding to the world’s growing need for convenience. Introduction “Wine in a can” is not a new concept, but it did sweep across our social media anew a few…

{wine} Cool air and high vines: Elgin Vintners’ 2019 Chardonnay

With a particular love for Chardonnay, I’m always seeking to taste different interpretations of this grape. Unsurprisingly, I left behind a little of my heart in an empty bottle of Elgin Vintners‘ 2019 Chardonnay. Introduction As I steadily venture further into the world of wine and submerge my senses in different terroirs, I’ve set my…

{wine} The simplicity of Sauvignon Blanc: La Motte

Lock-down has reminded me of the enjoyment found in the simplest of things. An icy bottle of La Motte Sauvignon Blanc and quesadillas, for example. No frills, no fuss; just pure enjoyment. Introduction We tend to think that food and wine pairings have to be extravagant, over the top or even surprising. For me, the…

{wine} Draw inspiration from Flagstone Wines’ Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018

Flagstone Wines simply lets the creativity flow and awakens the wordsmiths within us with their Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018. Introduction As with any of Flagstone’s wines, I was endlessly fascinated by the ink-splattered label, and beautifully apt named bottle. The wordplay intrigued me, as it was clever and innovative. That, and I adore an aromatic…

{wine} Flagstone Treaty Tree Wines: bottles tangled in stories

Over the years, I’ve slowly been working my way through Flagstone Wines‘ expansive range of wines. And yet, every time I pick a new one up, I’m in awe of not only what’s inside the bottle. Also – of the story wrapped around it. Introduction Flagstone Wines has been one of my favourite labels for…