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Our first meeting in 2012 took place in the beginning of february and this time we chose the Restaurant Rossetya in Bukarest. A very good choice and in everyone’s name I want to thank the entire staff for a perfect service and a successful evening. I would particular like to thank our sommelier, who prepared and served us all the wines in a very professional way. Also the outstanding glass supply has to be mentioned. Unfortunately in Romania that’s still no implicitness and therefore we are always very grateful for this kind of granted service. After dinner with some Romanian .....

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This time we decided not just to gather a bunch of the usual suspects for a single evening tasting but to extend the event and to enjoy all together in the splendid environment of Hotel Belvedere in Baile Govora over two days of interesting wines an “handmade food”. For the first evening I assembled unusual/underrated growths and paired them with special food and/or served them in unusual conditions like for example well chilled red wine.
We started with homemade Tapas and other small delicacies paired with well chilled, dry Sherry-wines :
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Hartenberg, Nederburg & Co. – mature South African Cabernet Sauvignon

March 23, 2011

Lately with these wines and after we tasted also some mature blends it’s clear to us, that despite a lot of reports to the contrary South African reds can have an excellent aging potential, too. Of course not all of them, but here there’s no difference to other famous regions. Furthermore a lot of younger red wines (blends and single-variety) which we tried during our recent stay in this amazing country encouraged me to reinforced my statement, that some of them are having a lot of in common with traditional Clarets (expression, elegance,structure) without denying their origin. Of course .....

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Stellenbosch – part III

March 15, 2011

Two cats, two dogs and eucalypt trees
You’re probably wondering what’s with my story from today… or what do those four pets having in common with the eucalyptus trees. It’s simple: those are the main characters in the cellar stories – the last ones from Stellenbosch.
The 4th day (an unfortunately the last one) at Stellenbosch was again a busy day. Still a lot of wineries to visit, a lot of vine plants to see and a lot of wine to taste, but most important a lot of people to meet.
Kanonkop
(means “Cannon Hill“)

A grumpy cat, in perfect undercover, is counting the huge .....

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Winestories – part II

February 20, 2011

A tale with ducks ….
It’s always nice if colleagues are behaving like colleagues … The recommendation of our hosts at the Grangehurst estate to visit also Vergenoegd and their “ducks” has been music to our ears. But we didn’t really have a clue about what those guys have been talking – Ducks ???

So, no time to loose: ) We arrived at Vergenoegd round about 4 pm and thanks to a nice sunny day, the lake in front of the winery reflected the blue sky.
I prepared my camera to immortalize the moment. But my lens helped me to .....

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Stellenbosch – part II

February 20, 2011

Grangehurst

The property known as Grangehurst was purchased by winemaker Jeremy Walker’s parents in 1973. A small winery, but for sure a powerful voice in the red wine production. It has been early in the morning when we arrived at the winery but again a very friendly person opened the door and invited us for a wine tasting. We already knew their (still young) ‘98 “Nikela” and I think they have been also happy about our positive feed back concerning this wine. But in general the wines of Grangehurst hold an excellent ageing potential and the wines do have time to .....

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Nikela, Rubicon & Co. – mature South African blends

February 18, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):   Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1998 NikelaGrangehurstSouth Africa Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon(57%),Merlot(30%),Pinotage(30%) 0,75 l natural cork 13,5 vol.% dryred III

If you will ever visit Stellenbosch – this Boutique winery should be on your list. There you will find not only very hospitable people, no, also their wines are something very special because of an own handwriting, an own style which is not negotiable. During a very nice tasting (which will also be published soon …) we also .....

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Winestories – part I

February 17, 2011

Every wine/winery needs some stories/legends to be fully appreciated. So, at the end here’s one, we really enjoyed …

After tasting the Warwick wines, we asked them about the meaning of the “lady” from the label and this is what they told us :
“Centuries ago, in old Nürnberg, the noble mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde`s wealthy father (a powerful nobleman) did not approve of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband. Andsoshe refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her .....

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Stellenbosch – part 1

February 13, 2011

The accommodation in Stellenbosch has been simply perfect : a cosy place, far away from home but feeling like home : )  and really nice equipped – perfect for our self catering intentions for the next days.
Hans, our host, surprised us from the start: a hand written letter was waiting for us in the room with all  the needed “house rules”. The place is really familiar and the silence of the day is only from time to time broken by the “voice” of a  peafowl …
We started our “wine discovery journey” in Stellenbosch  early in the morning, with a long .....

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Stellenbosch – 40 years of history

February 8, 2011

Stellenbosch is known world-wide as the wine capital of South Africa.
It all started in 1971 when three Stellenbosch visionares and winery owners, namely Frans Malan of Simonsig, Spatz Sperling of Delheim and Niel Joubert of Spier established the wine route in South Africa.
This was the first tourism initiative in the South African wine industry, even though this term didn’t even exist yet.
Today there are 16 wine routes in South Africa. A looong way to go for us and other wine lovers….
From humble beginning, the Stellenbosch Wine Routes now boasts 152 (!) wineries as members, making it the biggest wine route .....

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