Friday, September 14, 2012

From the Juffer-Sonnenuhr to the juffrou

I've been spreading the word far and wide about my holiday; about the wines, the vineyards, the food and hospitality, the history and culture, and just the fact that there's more out there than my little world.

I've visited and worked in many wine regions, from Marlborough, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Tuscany, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Ynez Valley and more recently Champagne, Mosel and Stellenbosch - which I call home -  and yet nowhere have I seen anything like the vines in the Mittel Mosel region.

Hosts Weingut Karp-Schreiber's steepest vines on the Juffer ("spinster") mountain grows at slopes of up to 80°. In retelling this fact, no-one believed me and it sounded to extreme that I started doubting my memory too. I have many photos yet none do the steep slopes justice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Amazing Mosel: in short

Six years ago I became friends with a Spanish girl in New Zealand and last week I met her in Germany to travel together France.

It still boggles my mind.

I spent two absolutely amazing weeks visiting the Loco Amiga in Brauneberg, a small town in the wine region of the Mittel Mosel. On the way to the airport she asked me if my visit was what I had hoped, and I only evaluated my expectations then.

I left just wanting to get away. I wanted to sleep late, switch off, enjoy wine with lunch and sit in the late afternoon sun with nowhere to go. I wanted to escape the daily humdrum and be caught up in the unfamiliar. So yes, my holiday was all that I could have wished for.

10 things in short:

Random windows in Brauneberg

Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's the final countdown

I don't count down days to big events or wish for time to fly by to Fridays. I've learnt that time, right here, right now, is precious and that is also one of my goals this year: to be present. To put away my phone during dinner and meet strangers whilst standing in line...well, maybe not that last bit.

However, I've been counting down to my holiday since January. Last year I did not take my annual leave over the summer holidays and when January rolled round, I was thoroughly fed up. I dreamt of exotic holidays, trips with friends, foreign languages and unpronounceable food and wines. That time is now.

Riesling, tempranillo or champagne? Who cares.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Richmond Roadtrip

This past weekend I took a roadtrip with my Camo, and inadvertently it became a trip down memory lane.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wonderful wine woes...

I was thrilled when the Captain asked me to start off his wine cellar. I dreamt of roaming the Cape winelands, tasting my favorite wines and searching for small quality producers with a notepad and his credit card.

However, when I started drawing up my dream wines list, I realized that the task at hand was much more difficult than I anticipated and called in the help of Miss TK, (un)official best assistant winemaker of the year. I would not have been able to draft an objective list or source the wines without her - and yes TK, you can hold the paddle at the auction later this year.

We have to trim the list even more as we are a tad over budget, but currently we stand at 872 bottles with an average of R150/bottle. Not to bad, me thinks...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Planning the scenic route

The Fashionista's move to Jo'burg and Miss Anomaly B's quest to conquer the world has made me realize that I need to get out of my comfort zone, so I've purchased a ticket to visit the Loca Amiga in September.

Let's do this.

*Pics taken en route to JHB

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lettuce Turnip the Beet

I've never had a good visit to Johannesburg. It's always been a mad rush between meetings, tastings and presentations, or when visiting The Captain, it's just the port of entry before dashing off to somewhere else.

So I've never had any particular fond memories of ol' Egoli, and a recent visit to The Fashionista changed all of that. She arranged brunches, lunches and lazy afternoons with old friends, visits to galleries and markets and eventually I ended up considering the Groot Trek too.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dare to DIY

Looking around my loft the other day I realized that I've done quite a bit of DIY.

I found this gold frame at the parentals' place, sprayed it hot pink and added a mirror. I confess, for a while I went around eyeing things in my house to spray pink.

Frame: free
Spray paint: R60
Mirror: R35
Grinning because it brightens up my day: priceless.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A West Coast Christmas

This year our family Christmas celebration was considerably smaller - and thus less exhausting!

Heavy mist hung around till late afternoon on Christmas day, creating the opaque effect on the image above.