Love this L’ Ormarins Brut Classique from South Africa’s Western Cape. Lunch at #texsomiwa was sponsored by Wines of South Africa, so we tried a few - just a little! #wosa#sparklingwine#texsom
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I’m a Chenin lover and this Chenin from @lavenir_wine_estate is great!😍 Have you tried it? Appearance: A crisp pale straw yellow with a beautiful clarity
Nose: Precise and intense fruit aromas of ripe pineapple and melon, accented by subtle honey and toasted almonds from 40% wood contact and battonage, lees stirring.
Palate: Full and rich with a complex roundness and refreshing acidity that creates a memorable and elegant finish, with a slight minerality to the end. #chenin#cheninblanc#whitewine#sawine#wosa#southafricanwine#lavenir#stellenbosch
We're here to brighten up your Monday! How? By informing you it's Global Drink Wine Day!🍷🍷🍷
If you need more reason to pour yourself a hearty glass of red (Erasmus Shiraz 2016 is an excellent choice by the way) - Here are 5 health benefits:
1). Red wine can lower cholesterol - Resveratrol decreases LDL (bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL (good cholesterol).
2). Red wine can slow the ageing process - researchers at Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent.
3). Red wine for your smile - Spanish scientists dipped cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases into various liquids and found that red wine was the most effective at removing bacteria
4). Wine keeps you mentally agile - people who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia, especially Alzheimer's
5). It helps to keep the weight off - Women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol with meals were found to have a lower risk of becoming overweight in middle ago with red wine drinkers being the least likely to become overweight 🍷
🍇 NEDERBURG HARVEST FESTIVAL 🍇
On Saturday, I attended my first Harvest Festival for the year. We drove through to @visitpaarl to visit @nederburgwine for their Harvest at Dusk Festival which is something that you definitely need to put in the calendar for next year already.
When we arrived, we received a glass of bubbly to get the afternoon off to a good start and we got to choose a beautiful hat to keep us protected from the sun. We then proceeded to the tasting area where we could taste a selection of their white wines from last year's vintage and compare them to the grape must (grapes that are currently going through the fermentation process) that has just been picked in this year's harvest.
From there we climbed into the tractors and took a leisurely ride to the vineyards, where we received instructions on how to pick the grapes carefully with the pruning shears and we were set free to go fill our baskets with tempranillo grapes 🍇. After some fun in the vineyards with the grape picking and trying to find some lucky prize winning golden tickets we headed back to the lawns where the grape stomping area was set up as well as the main tent for dinner.
Waiting for us at the tables was a delicious selection of starters which went down well after running around in the vineyards and while we were waiting for mains, you could go and stomp some grapes which is a bit of weird sensation in the beginning but it gets rather fun (just be sure to wear shorts as it can get rather messy). While we were eating dinner and enjoying our wine, we were entertained by the sultry voice of Matthew Gold which was certainly a treat!
There are various tickets available to purchase with the most expensive being R460 and that included your hat 🧢, wine tasting 🍷, grape picking and stomping 🍇 as well as a 3 course dinner 🍽. So it's really worth it and tons of fun for the whole family!
Hope to see you next year! 😀
Happy International Shiraz day
In 2012 we travelled around Australia for 6 weeks. We made a beeline for Barossa, in search of Shiraz. It is without doubt, my favourite style of red wine. We rented a small cottage on a wine estate and visited a few wineries every day. I was delighted to come across Lou Miranda's estate and harboured hopes that he might in fact be a long lost relative. My dad's side of the family has connections everywhere, so why not Adelaide?
Sadly there was no family connection, though we did taste some great wines including their estate old vine Shiraz. I left with a Miranda wine glass. Several years on we are back enjoying Western Cape wine from another amazing wine region for Shiraz, Constantia. And this stunning 2011 Shiraz from Steenberg is drinking well in my Miranda goblet. Cheers!
What has been your most unique wine pairing?
Personally, I don't think there is a wine region in the world currently rivaling the range of experiences you find in the Cape Winelands. Many of the local wineries offer pairing options that have the boldest flavour combinations imaginable.
One of my favorite is the ClemenGold and wine pairing at Zandvliet in the Robertson Wine Valley. ClemenGold is a local variety of mandarin also grown on the estate and the pairing features ClemenGold infused marmelade, panforte, biscotti and dark chocolate.