Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chocolate Beer? Yes please!

While browsing for interesting wine labels (there is so many talented designers out there!), I saw this label for chocolate beer and started googling away. Chocolate beer, who can resist?!

Boutique breweries is extremely popular in the USA and New Zealand - the only two places I've really been exposed to them - and starting to pick up steam in South Africa. Jack Black, probably the most well known craft beer in South Africa, is available in most bars and particularly popular at fresh goods markets, largely because their microbrewery uses no additives or preservatives. With their tagline "Inspired by tradition, crafted with quality", who can resist?!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Am I Falling for Summer again?

Seriously. We've had the most gorgeous days in Cape Town lately - gorgeous summery days, that is, because with the toasty sunny rays and lovely wind-still evenings they can hardly qualify as Fall/Winter.

Winery entrance Friday afternoon

No one can blame any tourist then for popping in to enjoy the sunshine and wines in the relaxed atmosphere of the farm. Come to think of it, even in bad weather, stopping at my favourite wine estate for some winter warming wines is high on my list of favourite things to do, but this lady in Nevada took things too far:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breakfast at the Biscuit Mill

Trust The Fashionista to pull off pearls at the Neighbour Goods Market...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Some wisdom...

For the same reason I have trouble adjusting to working in an all female environment, I have to admit to loving it. Girls are really hard on each other sometimes, but also incredibly supportive.

For instance, when I returned from a meeting earlier, I found this little delight on my desk, with a very cheerful message...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bubble-bubble...always trouble!

Yesterday was the first time in two months that I felt frustrated with my new job. Used to being the only girl in the cellar, I never had to worry about tip-toeing around office politics or dealing with temper tantrums tactfully. Now, however, I have to deal with 9 other princess' permanent PMS and avoid being sucked in to all the melodrama.

Adding to this recent stress is The Fashionista's move to Cape Town, and we've been celebrating, reminiscing and dragging out this farewell for the past 2 weeks. My new housemate is from Gauteng, but I'm sure we'll be able to help her blend in quickly.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big changes, big challenges

Winemaking has offered me many unique experiences, travel opportunities and a world-wide network of friends. In 3 years I worked 7 vintages in 4 countries before finally settling down at The Winery 2 years ago.

I've stayed in 5 star hotels in Laguna Beach for wine tastings, while wearing a coat I bought at a Hospice shop during vintage 2005 in New Zealand. I've taken jump shots in front of a giant kiwi and a Grand Canyon. I've been chatted up in languages I did not understand. I've celebrated more holidays than I know existed, and am still undecided which one in which country I liked best.

Drea (Cool Kiwi), Silvia (Loco Amiga) + me (boertjie) swimming in winetank with hot water in freezing Marlborough, NZ.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Whirl-wind wrap-up

This past weekend I joined the Captain on a whirl-wind trip to Maputo. They’ve been busy on a site there the past week, and he wanted to take fresh men and bring home some of the guys who’ve been there for 3 weeks.

I travelled with my Wren CafĂ© Do Brazil bag (of which unfortunately I don’t have a pic but see similar bag here), and got so many nice compliments. I love that bag, and then noticed these seats at the coffee shop at Lanseria which were also covered with coffee bags. Beautiful, but I wouldn’t want to sit on that sticky plastic!