Entries from February 2009

Under the Influence of Riesling Wine Festival : The Food

Date February 25, 2009

Now before I give you a report back on the Riesling at this amazing festival - I have to mention the food.
It was nothing short of amazing. 
PJ Vadas and his partner in crime, Vanessa, fed hundreds of guests with a wide selection of tapas style food bits and I’m telling you they almost stole the show [...]

Helderberg vineyards on fire - UPDATE!

Date February 24, 2009

Well it seems that the fires are still raging in the Helderberg and firefighters are still battling 24/7 to save three of our magnificent wine estates.
Apparently some vines are indeed on fire and/or have been burnt :
“The fires are currently burning on three farms and threatening the Vergelegen, Lourensford, and Knorhoek wine estates,” said Senior [...]

Helderberg vineyards on fire!

Date February 23, 2009

Well it seems like the whole world is on fire at the moment - this from News24 :
Somerset West - Emergency services are battling to get the fires raging in four areas in the Helderberg region under control, fire services said on Monday.
Four wine farms in the area - Erinvale, Lourensford, Vergelegen and Knorhoek - [...]

A fantastic and affordable Cabernet Sauvignon

Date February 17, 2009

If you’re looking for an affordable and incredibly enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon - then look no further than the following little gem:
Diemersdal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Soft, clean flavours of juicy red fruit, chocolate and toasted oak. Refined tannins create a smooth and lingering finish.
At R56 a bottle - this wine is great value for money and it would seem [...]

Cape wine workers paid less than R60 a day.

Date February 13, 2009

Crisis - if these claims can be substantiated with fact - then I find the following despicable.
Cape wine workers paid less than R60 a day
(I doubt M&G would publicize this without some basis of fact)
The study from War on Want claims that thousands of employees working on wine-producing farms in South Africa face low pay [...]