October – Die mooiste mooiste maand

General There is a poem in Afrikaans describing how October is the most gorgeous month of the year. This certainly rings true for the farm as well. October brings with it a surprise of wild flowers in every nook and cranny. The insects awaken from their winter slumber to take full advantage of the splendor [...]
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But it’s a great marketing opportunity

Why do people believe that when you have a wine farm – or manage one for that matter – your product becomes a free-for-all. I blame this one squarely on the big companies who actually do have the budget to give their product away for ‘visible marketing’ thereby creating the perception in the market that [...]
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Time for new glasses

The story of Riedel and their specialised range of glasses has become the subject of many dinner conversations.  To put you in the loop, Austrian company, Riedel, set out to design a glass for every single cultivar.  These glasses claim to honour the cultivar by ensuring that the aromas are optimal and that the wine [...]
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There is always one

One of the more fun-filled adventures of my job is presenting wine tastings.  If you are into people watching this one is for you. Over the years I've been exposed to the best (and the worst) the wine drinking community has to offer.  Here are some of my most memorable personalities. The Cheerleaders:  They greet you [...]
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All the pretty colours

Have you ever noticed how many varieties of wine bottles there are?  Every shape, size and colour you can think of.  Did you know that the packaging can actually tell you a lot about what is going on inside the bottle?  Every style tells its own story, from the most common high shoulder or the [...]
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Moms and Wine

My mom was a teacher and I remember how she mostly appreciated the silent moms.  The ones who did not trouble trouble.  These were the moms who left the teachers to do their jobs while they took the responsibility at home, but who would be there at the drop of a hat should there be [...]
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Why oh why?

Who in their right mind ever decides to write a blog?  This had to be one of those crazy, third glass of wine, middle of the night, failed Eureka moments.  But now, emotionally I've committed, and dammit if I can run a wine farm I can surely write a blog. I mean really, how hard [...]
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July – No rest for the wicked

General Be careful what you wish for, and when is enough, enough?  Sometimes it rains for 8 days straight and even though it is a blessing, it can sometimes create some havoc on the farm.  Not only do we now see where the summer weather created some new leaks in the cellar roof, but localised [...]
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Nearest and Dearest and reason for drinking

It’s one thing to work in the family business, but quite another to run your own family on the side.  Sometimes these two get so integrated that you have to resort to opening wine from someone else’s' cellar just to feel like family has not taken over your life completely.  But I guess invariably they [...]
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