Book Review: DEAD TO ME by Lesley Pearse

Drama, suspense, romance and complex relationships make for great storytelling – and DEAD TO ME gives the reader all of that and much more.

Dead to me, I’m quite ashamed to admit, was my very first Lesley Pearse novel (thanks, Penguin Random House SA!) and I wish it wasn’t! I was instantly drawn in by two vastly different characters who were equally interesting and likable.

The story

Verity and Ruby meet under unusual circumstances; watching a dead body being pulled out of river. Verity comes from a well to do home in London,but her parents are emotionally absent and her sheltered life is as dull as it is proper. Street smart Ruby on the other hand, often has to scrounge around for food, or steal, to feed herself while her mother makes money for her next bottle by selling her body. There friendship is instantaneous and sealed when Verity convinces Ruby to be her guide around London, in return Verity buys Ruby food and teaches her some manners…But life is about to turn their circumstances inside out. Will Verity be able to survive the practicality and shame of poverty? And can Ruby be tamed into being a lady, and shake off her rough childhood and better herself?

While both girls grow into womanhood, and they are haunted and time and again confronted with the demons of their past. Will it break them, or they get the happily ever afters they deserve?

The hook

Dead to me, speaks to how the traumatic events of a childhood shapes the way you  see the world. Our past can keep us shackled and small, unless we find our courage to break free.

lesley pearseAbout the author

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date.  To find out more about Lesley, please visit www.lesleypearse.com.

Meet the author!

 

Good news for locals – you can MEET Lesley Pearse while she is on her tour in SA this May! She will also be at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Here are here dates for Cape Town.

Wednesday, 17 May: 18h00 for 18h30 – Author Q+A event at Exclusive Books Cavendish.  FREE event, tickets and further information is available  HERE

Thursday, 18 May: 12h00 for 12h30 – Author Q+A event and lunch at Buitenverwachting restaurant, partnered with The Thursday Club. RSVP to sandybailey@telkomsa.net or call 021 685 8016.

Friday 19 May: 13h00-14h00 – “Why are we still talking genre?” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Saturday 20 May: 10h00-11h00 – “On being a ‘book club’ writer” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Saturday 20 May: 14h30-15h30 – “Lesley Pearse in her own words” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.  

Sunday 21 May: 13h00-14h00 – “Is it hard writing for easy reading” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival. Tickets and further information about the festival is HERE.

 

(c) Words by Cindi Page 2017
While I received  a copy of the book in return for an honest review, my opinion is always my own.

 

Delheim goes Cape Malay in May!

Fire up winter with a hearty, traditional meal at Cape wineland’s icon estate every Saturday in May: 6, 13, 20, 27

Re-connect with the alluring history of the Cape this winter by joining Delheim, the renowned Stellenbosch wine estate, for its special Cape Malay lunches in May. Known for its spice and warmth, the Cape Malay dishes will be the perfect foil for the cold winter days that lie ahead.

The exclusive Cape Malay menu will spice things up every Saturday in May: the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – and bookings are now open.

“Cape Malay cuisine is such an important part of the Western Cape culture,” says Delheim chef Bruce von Pressentin. “It reaches into a history that is tied to wonderfully descriptive language, and its traditions of food, conviviality and hospitality that have been passed down for many years are often overlooked.

“Without it, we would not have the vibrant and diverse food culture that we have. Our Cape Malay menu is a celebration of these aromatic, heart-warming dishes.”

 

The journey along this spice route begins with crispy samosas of beef and vegetable; moreish lamb half-moons, and sumptuous curried yellow tail or as it is more affectionately known in the Cape – piekelvis. No hearty, traditional meal of this kind is complete without warm bread of course, which will be served on the side with swirls of butter.

Chicken often features in Cape Malay dishes and does so in the mains. Fragrant butter chicken is accompanied by mini homemade rotis, spicy sambals and toasted coconut. But that is not all. There is a thick, curried lamb stew, or denningsvleis, with jasmine rice, pots of delicious beef biryani, and a rich, flavoursome potato and green bean stew – gestoofde aartappel en groenboontjie-bredie.

 

Then, dessert: a course that as any die-hard Cape Malay food-fan knows is what you always keep space for. Von Pressentin’s menu serves up koesüster pastries and boeber, a sweet milk and sago-type pudding, and concludes with a welbeloontjie or small reward – stick bread made over the coals and served with butter and homemade jam.

Delheim’s popular Garden Restaurant has also launched their new à la carte winter menu. For enthusiasts keen to try out the menu – served up with magnificent farm views seven days a week – the offerings are just as tantalising.

 

Sizzling newcomers on the winter menu include squid ink spaghetti served with sautéed prawns and tempura Patagonia squid, enhanced with ginger, spring onion, chilli, lime beurre blanc and kombu.

There is also a sublime dish of sautéed venison loin rolled in special Delheim spice and served with chimichurri paint, chorizo, broccoli, crispy potato brunoise, purple carrots, pea micro sponge and deep-fried kale with a drizzle of venison jus.

 

The desserts have not been left untouched either. Revel in an exquisite Valrhona black forest chocolate sphere that is filled with chocolate ganache cake, sour cherry and vanilla gel, and served with macerated cherries, almond crumble and vanilla cream. The stuff dessert dreams are made of!

 

The Cape Malay set menu is available at only R300pp and booking is essential. Please note that the menu is only available for entire tables.

 

To reserve your table, contact the restaurant at email restaurant@delheim.com or

Tel: 021 8884607. Also visit www.delheim.com or find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/delheim/) Instagram @DelheimWines and on Twitter @Delheim.

 

Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

 

Press release kindly supplied by Random Hat Communications.

Cab Franc Carnival celebrates niche wine varietal

 

IT’S CAB FRANC CARNIVAL TIME AGAIN AT AVONTUUR THIS MAY

 

After two successful years of the Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate, fans of this unusual varietal will once again get the chance to celebrate their favourite grape on Saturday, 20 May 2017 from 11h00-17h00 at the family-owned wine estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

 

In addition to the tastings and purchasing of wines directly from the wineries, visitors can book for one of three tutored tastings of the Top 6 wines in the 2017 Cab Franc Challenge, presented by head of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master Christine Rudman.  Tickets costs R75 pp extra and only three sessions of 20 persons each can be accommodated at 11h30, 13h30 and 15h00.

 

“This is the only chance to taste the Top 6 together as many of these wines are extremely rare and were kept aside especially for the tutored tastings,” says organisor Cobie van Oort from CVO Marketing.

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The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will once again take place which will give an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.

 

Participating wineries are:   Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhof  Wine Estate, Edgebaston,  Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, Zorgvliet Wines.

 

Tickets are R200 pp which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.co.za  as well as at Computicket branches.

 

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival .  More information on www.cvomarketing.co.za

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Press release kindly supplied by Cobie van Oort, 083-556-3740 or cobie@cvomarketing.co.za

 

 

 

AFRIKAANS MOVIE: DIE REBELLIE VAN LAFRAS VERWEY

The popular radio drama and stage production, DIE REBELLIE VAN LAFRAS VERWEY, written by award-winning author Chris Barnard will come to life on the big screen from this coming Friday, 7 April 2017 with renowned actor, Tobie Cronjé, in the  lead role.  Tickets can be booked from Wednesday, 5 April 2017 at www.sterkinekor.com or www.numetro.co.za

 

Watch the trailer here:

 

This tragic comedy is based on a 1971 drama – a combined effort written and adapted into a contemporary script by the late writer and his son, Simon Barnard. It tells the story of Lafras Verwey, an outcast who could never accept the realities of life. Although he is a government official, he hears the sound of otherworldly music playing in his ears and dreams of a wonderful future. He considers himself a key player in the preparation of a significant rebellion that he believes would change the world. When he takes Petra (Chantell Phillipus), a young pregnant woman, in to live with him, the rebellion becomes even more important to him. Ironically enough, his dreamt-up revolution starts the very night that the baby is born. Comedy, drama and elements of fantasy are all intertwined in this gripping tale of a man who is willing to risk everything in his pursuit to make the world a better place for all.

 

DIE REBELLIE OF LAFRAS VERWEY is produced by acclaimed actress and director, Katinka Heyns and Genevieve Hofmeyr, under direction of up-and-coming film maker, Simon Barnard. He also makes his debut as director of a full-length feature film with this compelling story.

 

Other renowned actors such as Neels van Jaarsveld, Chantell Phillipus, Cobus Visser, Lionel Newton and Albert Pretorius also star in this drama, which will be released by Ster Kinekor Entertainment on 7 April 2017.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LafrasVerweyFilm/

Twitter:  @LafrasFilm

 

Media release kindly supplied by Starburst Media.

Take a Sunday Drive to Gabriëlskloof

Sundays are for sharing at Gabriëlskloof !

When the celebrated restaurant at Gabriëlskloof Estate, situated outside Bot River, launched its winter Sharing Sundays last year, it unleashed a sensation. This year in addition to exciting changes, the darling menu format of gastronomes-in-the-know returns, now in a truly French tradition.

Sharing Sundays is about shareable cuisine in the nostalgic tone of a traditional family feast.

Embracing his inner Francophile this season, Chef Frans Groenewald has “gone French”, and specifically: French Farmstyle. Think cooking that is wholesome and bounteous; rich and saucy; flavourful and colourful; opulent and infinitely gratifying – this is comfort food done magnifique. It is food to be enjoyed together.

“This is about companionship awakened by delicious food; its more about sharing a meal rather than merely sharing food,” says Frans. “The kitchen delivers simple, slow cooked family dishes served on large platters where everyone helps themselves.”

There will be moules marinière and rillettes; duck à l’orange and coq au vin; cassoulet, crème brûlée, tarte tartin, crêpes suzette and much, much more. Who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of Chef Frans belting out La Marseillaise as he galvanises the orchestra of his kitchen in this banquet of brilliance.

The liveliness has also spread beyond the weekend menu, too. The regular week-day offering is to get a tasty winter coat, featuring an epic twist to the conventional pie-of-the-day. Turning the art of pie-making on its head and vigorously vying for the title of Pie-oneer of the Overberg, Chef Frans’s crusty marvels will break the mould with a flavour fusion of classic fillings from tomato bredie and curry to stroganoff and potjiekos. Though Gabriëlskloof is but 45minutes up the N2 from Cape Town, these are pies worth travelling for.

Naturally, being an estate that makes wines to be enjoyed with impeccable meals, Gabriëlskloof’s full selection of superlative, award-winning wines are available to be enjoyed with every dish served at the restaurant.

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the fields and mountains of the majestic Overberg, Gabriëlskloof enjoys an envied position. Its unique Mediterranean-type terroir, cooled by ocean breezes, nurtures the wines to a complex and elegant maturity before they’re bottled and sent to be enjoyed across South Africa and the globe. It’s within this centre of excellence that is the home of Gabriëlskloof wines Chef Frans prepares his equally popular dishes from the freshest and best locally-sourced ingredients.

The winter offering, including ‘Frans goes French on Sundays’ and his wickedly decadent pies, will run from May to the end of August.

The week-day winter menu is priced at R210 per person for two courses and R250 per person for three or guests can order a bite from their popular Deli Menu.

The Sharing Sundays banquet menu is available at only R300 per person. Early bookings are essential as space fills up rapidly.

Gabriëlskloof Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on Tuesdays. To reserve your table, contact Tel: 028 284 9865 or send email to restaurant@gabrielskloof.co.za.

Gabriëlskloof Estate is just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.

Press release kindly supplied by Random Hat Communications.

6 Easter School Holiday Activities in Cape Town

School holidays again, some families go away for the holiday, but for those who are staying behind in Cape Town no worries, because here are a few ideas and activities to with kids that should provide a little adventure, entertainment, and family fun.

1. Canal Walk

  • Wonderland: Entertainment for the entire family with a 4-seater motion theatre that has 4D effects, kiddie’s school holidayrides, arcade machines and lots more fun activities for all ages.
  • Join the Kids World Club, for children between 4 years and 12 years old. Events and lots more activities when your child becomes a member.
  • Canal Walk Express: Explore the centre on the mini express train with the kids

           Contact: Visitor information Centre: 021 529 9699

2. Family Easter Circus show

Spectacular show and amazing artists offering trapeze acts, clowns, fire entertainers, an amazing hula hoop act and more. The kids might even have a visit from the Easter bunny. A fun and exciting holiday activity for the whole family.

Where: South African National Circus School, Cape Town

When: 14th – 17th April 2017

Cost: Adults: R110, Children 2 – 12 years: R70 (book at Computicket)

3. Go to the Movies

What’s on at the movies? There are a few movies coming out in April.

  • Boss Baby: This is a Dreamworks animation with Alec Baldwin as the main character voice. The movie theme highlights the importance of family and is a wonderful comedy for all ages. 7 April 2017
  • Beauty and the Beast: A Disney live action re-telling of the tale, with Emma Watson as the lead female character, Belle. 14 April 2017
  • Kampterrain: Vacation and chaos seem to be the order of the day in this traditional South African family comedy movie. 24 March 2017

Watch Boss Baby trailer here.

 

 

 

4. Galileo open air cinema

Want to experience the movies in a different way? Why not try the Galileo open air cinema. There are movies for adults, but also for the kids. Ice Age, E.T. and, The Never Ending Story are a few of the choices available. The Galileo offers the movies at various venues across Cape Town and is a great holiday activity to do with the family.

www.thegalileo.co.za  

5. Ripley’s Believe it or Not

There are strange, weird and wonderful displays to be seen at Ripley’s. The displays are very educational with more than 170 artifacts and interactive exhibits to visit. If you have not been yet, make sure to book your tickets soon, as they will only be open until the end of April. Open daily at the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront from 09:00-21:00.

http://www.ripleyscapetown.com/

6. Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

A large indoor extreme trampoline park, that offers excitement, activities, and loads of fun. There are interconnected trampolines, dodge-ball courts, a huge foam pit and more. Rush also offer great coffee and free Wi-fi for those who would rather like to wait for the kids to finish their fun. Looks like a great place to take the kids to get rid of all their energy this holiday.

Where: 104 Main Road/Stadium on Main, Claremont

Contact: 021 683 3841 / 073 690 4766

Website: http://www.rushsa.co.za/

A few more ideas:

  • Glowing Rooms: 3D glow in the dark 18 hole mini-golf course. Milnerton|021 551 2244
  • Bugz Playpark: Loads of activities and fun for the kids: Kraaifontein/Joostenbergvlakte | 021 988 8836/9613
  • Scootours Cape Town: Downhill adventures on a scooter. Table Mountain Lower Information Centre | 082 766 0557
  • Two Oceans Aquarium: V&A Waterfront | 021 418 3823
  • Ratanga Junction Theme Park. Century City | 021 550 8504
  • Peter Rabbit: Artscape Theatre from the 1 April 2017 | Book at Computicket

 

Word of Mouth CT blog would love to show case your event. Drop us a line at cindi.page@wordofmouthct.co.za with details.

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St. Patrick’s Day, 6 ways to celebrate in the Northern suburbs

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration held on the 17th March. This day is also called; the Feast of St. Patrick, named after the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and is also celebrated by the Irish around the world. The day is spent celebrating the heritage and culture of Ireland with parades, festivals and wearing green clothes or shamrocks which is the traditional symbol of Ireland.

Where to go what to do on this special day? Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Cape Town, Northern Suburbs.

The Hollow Tree

A family friendly tavern and restaurant with branches in Old Oak Road and Oxford Street, located in Bellville and Durbanville. They offer a wide range of facilities to the public including, function and conference facilities, outdoor seating , children’s facilities and much more. Irish Blessing fro St. Patrick's Day

They will be offering a fantastic special menu for St. Patrick’s Day. The menu will include a choice of a main meal that offers dishes like, Irish Shepard’s Pie, Bangers, mash and gravy and some delicious mushroom Guinness Pie. The dessert option includes, Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake and Irish brownies. The Hollow Tree is definitely a must do this St. Patrick’s Day if you want to experience a taste of Ireland.

Contact: Oxford Street: 021 976 3522

             Old Oak Road: 021 914 0186

Website: http://www.thehollowtree.co.za

Cheers on Oxford Street

Cheers is a local pub located on Oxford Street and are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a dress up party. Prizes will be given for the best dressed male and female entries. They have great food on offer as well as a special on Guinness, buy two and get the third for free. So if you are in the area go and enjoy an evening of all things green.

Contact: 079 499 9837

The Happy Oak

The Happy Oak is a pub located in the historic leafy town of Stellenbosch. They are going green this St.Patrick’s Day offering you, as they do every year, a fantastic party and fun time.

Contact: 021 882 9672

Website: http://www.thehappyoak.co.za

Johnny Fox’s Pub and Restaurant

Come and pay a visit to Johnny Fox’s Pub and restaurant located in Bothasig. They will be offering Irish music, dancing, singing and of course good food.

Contact: 021 558 0686

Website: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyfoxscapetown

Irish South African Association, events on St. Patrick’s Day

An association that helps get people together who are interested in the Irish and in Ireland.

On their event calendar, is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which is happening in Milnerton at the Lagoon Beach hotel. They will be providing live music, a three course meal and a fantastic travel prize to be given away. They will also be having a guest of honour, H.E. Liam Macgabhann the ambassador for Ireland.

Contact:  021 713 0154

Website: http://www.ireland.co.za/

Celebrating At Home?

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home, why not get into the mood with a traditional Irish coffee. The recipe basically includes some Irish cream liqueur, Irish whiskey, coffee, whipped cream, and ground nutmeg in a mug. Looking for a great recipe or method to make Irish coffee, check out the link below.

 

DON’T MISS GROOTE POST’S MARCH COUNTRY MARKET ON SUNDAY 26 MARCH

Guests can expect delectable and beautiful country offerings including artisan foods, arts and crafts, as well as home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines which will be available for tasting and purchase from 10:00- 15:00 on Sunday, 26 March.

Local, of course, is always lekker in Darling with locals presenting a divine selection of gourmet produce including breads, mushrooms, charcuterie, wors, sauces, olive oils and more. And a big hit as always will be the popular craft beers from Darling Brew.

You can read about my visit to the market here.

As always, the market will present a perfect playground for children who will love the rolling lawns, tractor rides, face painting, zorb balls and “tou-trek” which has been added for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be 3  lucky draws again this month.  Each prize is a box of Old Man’s Blend wines. The draws will take place at 12:30; 13:30 and 14:30, but, you must be there (and over 18) to claim your prize.

groote post market

After browsing through the market and enjoying the stalls, visitors can relax in the shade under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market.  This month, Old School Entertainment, will be there to entertain the market-goers.

Although pets are most welcome – all dogs must please be on a leash at all times.

Groote Post Country Markets take place on the last Sunday of every month between 10am and 3pm.  The date for the final market of the season is Sunday 30 April.  The market is closed during winter.

For further information on the Groote Post Country Market

Contact:                             Eldré Strydom: 022 451 2202 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za

Visit:                                    Facebook: www.facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket

Website: www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za

Twitter:      @GPCountryMarket

 

Directions: Follow the R27, the West Coast Road towards Langebaan. Turn right onto the Darling Hills Road opposite Grotto Bay turnoff. After 10 km, turn right to the Groote Post cellar. Alternatively, take the R307 out of Darling towards Cape Town and turn off at the Darling Hills Road. After 7km turn left to the Groote Post Cellar.

A visit to Groote Post

Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm, owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills, presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality. In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks, bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers in spring.

Groote Post

022 492 2825 · wine@grootepost.co.za · www.grootepost.com  www.facebook.com/grootepost

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Featured image credit: www.westcoastway.co.za

Press release kindly supplied by Public Relations & Wine Consultants: Jeremy and Posy Hazell.

Wine News: Cabernet Franc Challenge Winners 2017

The second South African Cabernet Franc Challenge has just taken place and the winners were announced at an exclusive function at Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch on 1 March.

The number of entries increased from 32 in 2016 to 50 in 2017, including 11 wines entered for the “vintage” class as wineries were keen to see how this varietal aged over time.  

Cape Wine Master and head of the judging panel Christine Rudman was impressed with the increase in entries:  “This shows that winemakers are taking the varietal seriously and are keen to grow the category and show off their skill.  I would think that just about every producer of Cabernet Franc in South Africa is now represented, which is excellent news!,” she said.  

The judging panel had a tough time selecting the Top 6 as the styles were very diverse and the quality was once again outstanding. One vintage winner only was selected as the wine was the clear winner.

As Christine Rudman commented. “An interesting change from the inaugural Challenge in 2016 was the different styles which came to the fore this year. Although the panel loved the wines featuring minerality and “dusty road” characteristics, we also tasted a few upfront and funky examples with loads of red fruit as well as the more varietal-typical wines with classic perfume notes of violets, scrub and red berries.”

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And the Top 6 Winners are…

The Top 6 in alphabetical order are:  Doolhof Wine Estate Single Vineyard Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, Kaapzicht Cabernet Franc 2014, My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2014, Nelson Wine Estate Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2014, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate Limited Release 2015 and Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc 2013.  

The Vintage winner for 2017 is Holden Manz Wine Estate Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 which formed part of last year’s Top 6.  For Gold medal winners, visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

Wines entered into the challenge were tasted blind by a panel of judges and independently audited by Moore Stephens. The judges were:  Christine Rudman, Samarie Smith, Tinashe Nyanduku, Mike Bampfield -Duggan and Izele van Blerk.

[Read more about my Cab Franc tasting experience last year.]

You too can taste these and all the other fabulous Cab Franc’s at the upcoming Cab Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate on 20 May 2017.

The Cabernet Franc Challenge Top 6 is now available exclusively from Wine-of-the-Month- Club at R1890.  Visit www.wineofthemonth.co.za to place your order and have this impressive selection delivered to your door.  Stocks are limited as many of the wines are produced in small volumes, so order soon.

Press release kindly supplied by Cobie van Oort of CVO Marketing.

Wine Tasting in Paarl: Perdeberg Wines has the V factor: Value

If it’s bang for your buck that you’re after, then hitch your trailer and stock up on great value for money wines at Perdeberg, located in the historic dorpie of Paarl, just 45 minutes from Cape Town.

[Read more about the history of this 1940s winery here]

Perdeberg was one Wine Club SA’s first tastings of the year, and the trip beyond Stellenbosch was well worth the drive.

The cellar master, Albertus Louw, presented the wines and I was thrilled that he introduced some interesting varietals that I was particularly curious about.

The Grenache Blanc (2015), that is a white Grenache, which would usually be red, has a crisp, light colour. Expect white pear, stone fruit and grape fruit aromas. The palate is fresh and intense, and a fruity finish lingers on the aftertaste. It’s part of the Vineyard Collection. Tasting notes.

Cinsault (2014), I love the translucent red colour and the fresh and light aromas which are enhanced by flavours of red berries, cherries and candyfloss. Tannins are soft, and there’s a lingering spiciness on the palate. Easy drinking deluxe! Tasting notes.

I’ve only highlighted the two I found unusual, but their red blends and other offerings were all fab.

If it’s great value at the best price you are looking for, then Perdeberg should be on your wine exploration list for the coming long weekends!

Tasting room times:

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday and Public Holidays: 09:30 – 14:30
Sundays: Closed
24 December 2016: 09:00-13:00
Closed on 25th of December 2016 and 1st of January 2017
31 December 2016: 09:00-13:00

Go there:

Physical address: Vryguns Farm,Windmeul, Paarl, 7630 / Tel: +27 (21) 869 8244 / 8112
E-mail: info@perdeberg.co.za

© Words by Cindi Page 2017