Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Shiraz Blind Wine Tasting Event - feedback

Well, I think it is fair to say that we had another successful event. We had a full house, we had Rooiberg's much liked Organic Brut for an arrival drink (sells for around R40 at woolworths - be sure to buy one next time you shop at woorlworths), plenty of food to eat, ten different Shiraz's and a fantastic and much liked Pineau from Laborie to finish the night off.

We had Shiraz from Laborie, Zandvliet, Rooiberg, Delaire, Longridge, Arabella, Backsberg, D'Aria, Dombeya, and Topiary. The favourite was Topiary's Shiraz 2007, then Laborie's limited collection Shiraz 2009, Dombeya came in third with their Boulder Road Shiraz, and fourth was Delaire with their 2009 Shiraz.

We had fun with the wine quiz at half time. The guests enjoy this event because it is interactive, fun, and informal. If one is to attend every month's event, they will get to try 120 wines in the year. This is a great event to get friends together, try some wines and have a nice evening on a week night.

Next month's event will be the third event I have held and I have decided to make it a charity evening also. I would like to help those in need and with this event becoming a success, I would like to use my event as a way to help others. Stay tuned, as I will be choosing the venue and varietal for next months charity wine event.

Hope to see many more of you at the next blind wine tasting event.

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