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horseriding in GrootbosAn excellent trip to the wine lands of South Africa last March gave rise to a host of blog posts both here on Spittoon and elsewhere. These are a combination of notes taken while touring in South Africa and wines sampled after, back in Blighty. Just in case you missed any…

  1. South African Wine an overview

  2. Chenin Blanc Comparison two Chenin Blanc’s compared one from South Africa, the other from the Loire

  3. Brief Notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate Stellenbosch

  4. Kleine Zalze a superb meal at the estates acclaimed restaurant

  5. Tasting Note: Iona Sauvigon Blanc, 2008, Elgin

  6. Reuben’s Cooks South African recipe book. From this Avocado Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts, Rocket, parmesan and Balsamic Syrup

  7. The Best Way to Tour South Africa’s Vineyards

  8. Top 5 Online Shops to Buy South African Wine (UK)

  9. Tasting Note: Boekenhoutskllof The Chocolate Box

  10. In The Company of Wine People: brief Notes from a tasting

  11. Newton Johnson Winery, Walker Bay, South Africa

  12. Tasting Note: Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc

  13. Photographs from Boschendal

  14. Tasting Note: Arabella Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, South Africa

  15. Brief Notes from a Tasting: Boschendal, Stellenbosch

  16. Blends Are The Way to Go guest post on WineCountry.co.za a great South African wine focused blog.

  17. Tasting Notes: Ingenuity Blends from Nederburg

  18. The Great South African Wine Trail 2009 (news item)

  19. Brief Notes from a Tasting: Vergelegen, South Africa

  20. Pinotage: Behind the Legends by Peter May (book review)

  21. Brief Notes from a Visit – Beyerskloof

  22. South African Wine: Notes from a Naked Wines Tasting

  23. Fair Trade and Empowerment in South African Vineyards – on the new Palate Press website.

  24. Photographs on flickr numbering 149!

As illustrations two of my favourite photographs arising from the trip; the horse at the top was taken whle treking, slowly, through the Grootbos reserve. The one below illustrates a couple of the wines sampled at the excellent Rubens restaurant while being entertained by Rudiger Gretcher of Boekenhoutskloof.

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  1. Dylan says:

    Wow. Our neighbor has two horses which live further down the mountain path from our vineyard, but the one you were riding in South Africa is gorgeous. There’s something mystical about white horses.

  2. It was certainly a magical trip; the horse riding just one highlight of many.

  3. Hampers says:

    Thanks for sharing the information on wine. Being a wine lover, I enjoyed going through your blog. Keep it up the good work.

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