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, 12 December 2011

Christmas Blind Wine Tasting Event - MCC & Dessert wine - 12th December

On Monday the 12th of December, I held my fifth blind wine tasting event at Trinity in Cape Town. This month 52 people attended, which is the highest attendance I have had so far.

At this months event, we tried 7 MCC's and 8 Dessert Wines. The MCC was from Van Loveren, Morena, Buitenverwachting, Muratie, Laborie, Deetlefs and De Grendel. The Dessert Wine was from Van Loveren, Fleur du Cap, Boekenhoutskloof, Daschbosch, Asara, Altydgedacht, Buitenverwachting, and Deetlefs. As you can see, it was an awesome line up!!

The most popular MCC on the night was Laborie, followed closely by Van Loveren and De Grendel. The most popular Dessert wine was Buitenverwachting, followed very closely by Deetlefs.

The event was a fun, interactive and Christmas themed night. Some people dressed up really well for this event.

Everyone enjoyed the Steal the Christmas present game, all walking home with a present each.

This month, Ferdi from Deetlefs was kind enough to join my wine event and explain to everyone how MCC and dessert wine is made. It was great being able to understand how much work and effort is put in to the process, allowing everyone to appreciate what they were drinking even more :-)

My next blind wine tasting event will be held in February. We will be trying a white varietal, however, I haven't decided which one it will be yet. Be sure to go to my facebook page 'western cape wineries' and go 'like' my page. Alternatively, email me on westerncapewineries@gmail.com and ask that you be added to my database so that you will be notified of future wine tasting events.

Thank you to all the wineries and wine club members who have supported my blind wine tasting events this year, I look forward to holding many more next year.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Kind regards,

1 comment:

  1. Christine Andrews5 June 2012 at 11:59

    I thoroughly enjoyed a glass of Christina van Loveren Noble Late Harvest Rhine Riesling tonight!