Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On the West Coast at Velddrif


Every Christmas holiday we enjoy taking an afternoon drive to Velddrif on South Africa's West Coast. It's not far from my in-laws' beach house. On this outing our two oldest kids accompanied us, Jeremiah and Jessica.

Velddrif is a coastal fishing town, located on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay. The estuary is home to a variety of birds and is a popular spot for birdwatching. Other activities are fishing, yachting, and visiting art galleries. The town also has two large salt works that provide most of the salt for the Western Cape. I got photos of the Cerebos salt factory from the car while Hubby was driving.




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Little Red Boat

Sea Gulls


Old Blue Boat

Sea Gulls


Pelican Post

Estuarine Birds

Jessica

Yellow Boat Named Deborah




Our cold beverages on a hot day

Jessica and Jeremiah

River Studio

Flamingos


Cerebos Salt Factory


Salt Flats



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Summer Drinks in South Africa


I live in the heart of South Africa's wine region in the Western Cape. Many of the wine estates are nestled in beautiful valleys surrounded by majestic mountains and producing award winning wines. It's a wonderful part of the world to experience.

During our Christmas holiday at my in-laws' house on the West Coast, we had a lovely selection of wine, beer, and other beverages. These photos were taken over several days and often enjoyed with good food. I'm perfectly happy with drinking one glass of wine with my meal. It's all about enjoying the taste - quality over quantity.

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The Pepper Pot - red wine from Edgebaston

For Christmas lunch we had a bottle of The Pepper Pot from Edgebaston. It's one of my mother-in-law's favorite red wines at the moment. Another favorite red wine by my in-laws is the Boet Erasmus from Vrede en Lust. We had this with our Christmas Eve dinner. Another evening we had White Mischief from Vrede en Lust with freshly cooked mussels that were brought in by the fishermen that morning. It's our favorite white wine. I did a blog post in 2014 that you're welcome to check out at Vrede en Lust Wine Farm and Bistro.

Boet Erasmus - red wine from Vrede en Lust

White Mischief - white wine from Vrede en Lust

Allesverloren - Tinta Barocca Rosé 2013
The wine estate, Allesverloren, translated means "all is lost". It's a sad name, but a truly lovely estate. The last time we visited was December 2013 and you can check out that post at Allesverloren, Swartland Winery.

Porcupine Ridge - Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A can of Coca-Cola

Gin and Tonic

Duet - red wine from Nederburg

The red wine in the photo above and the white wine in the photo below are both from Nederburg, which was awarded the Platter's SA Winery of the Year 2017. I wrote about these wines and the winery on last week's post. If you missed it, be sure to check out Nederburg Wines.

56 Hundred Chenin Blanc from Nederburg

African Java Pinotage from Van Loveren
We took my in-laws out for lunch and Van Loveren wines were on the menu. The wine estate is not far from us in a small town called Robertson and we have visited it several times. We ordered the African Java Pinotage and were very happy with our choice. Pinotage is a South African cultivar. I did a post on Van Loveren back in 2013. It's a bit cheesy the way I presented my photos back then and I wrote very little information, but you're welcome to take a look on The Robertson Wine Region.

The Blauuwklippen 1989 Special Late Vintage below belongs to my father-in-law. He celebrated the Christmas holidays with us by finally opening it.

Blaauwklippen 1989 Special Late Vintage

Craven Craft Lager from Stellenbrau

Flying Fish from South African Breweries and
Tafel Lager from Hansa Brewery in Swakopmund, Namibia
We drank the beers in the above photo at the river's edge in Velddrif. It was a hot day and a cold beer was just the right thing. We always enjoy visiting this little town whenever we're at my in-laws'. I did a blog post on our last visit with lots of neat photos and quotes last year that I highly recommend. Check it out at Velddrif, South Africa.

Savanna Premium Cider
My mother-in-law organized a lovely picnic for us at a nature reserve. Our picnic table sat on a hill overlooking the beach. We could see dolphins swimming in the waves. Most of us chose cold beers or ciders, but my mother-in-law wanted a bottle of Graham Beck sparkling white wine, the same wine that President Obama had at his inauguration. She packed the picnic and we bought the savory pies on the way. Mine is pictured above and it was filled with Bobotie (a traditional South African dish of spiced minced meat baked with an egg topping) and it was delicious! Hubby took the photo below of his mom.

Brut - sparkling white wine from Graham Beck

Sedgwick's 1986 Old Brown Sherry
The photo above of the Sedgwick's Old Brown Sherry in the vintage jug and the one below of the KWV 1930 Muscadel in it's original wooden box were taken for the fun of it. They belong to my in-laws and we did not drink either of them. The Muscadel has never been opened.

KWV 1930 Muscadel


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nederburg Wines


On our way to South Africa's West Coast for our Christmas holiday with my husband's parents, we stopped in at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl for some quick wine tasting. It was our first time visiting Nederburg and it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Nederburg was awarded the Platter's SA Winery of the Year 2017, which is the famous Platter's Guide ultimate accolade. Nederburg won the award six years ago as well.

Two of our kids were with us and two were already at the West Coast with my in-laws. My husband and I, along with our son, Jeremiah, were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. Samantha, our 16-year-old, was offered a fluted glass of sparkling grape juice. We had a lot of fun at Nederburg. We bought a variety of their wines and gave some bottles as Chrismtas gifts. The first four photos below were taken with my husband's phone.

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My husband chose five reds and my son and I tried three whites and two reds. We asked the staff if Samantha could have a milkshake or something while we tasted wines. They kindly organized a bowl of ice-cream for her from the restaurant. 


The Nederburg Wine Estate was established in 1791 when a German immigrant Phillipus Wolvaart and his wife, Margaretha, took a leap of faith and purchased the farm for 5600 guilders. The wines in the 56 Hundred range are named after that strategic piece of history.

Robbie and I opened a bottle of the 56 Hundred Chenin Blanc for a quiet New Year's Eve at home with just the two of us. We had it with our sushi appetizer. For Christmas Eve, he opened a bottle of the Nederburg Duet Shiraz Pinotage while we were with his parents at the West Coast. Pinotage is a uniquely South African cultivar. From the three white wines that we tasted, Jeremiah and I especially liked The Winemasters Special Late Harvest. It's a sweeter wine, being a late harvest, but not too sweet.


The Winemasters Special Late Harvest

Nederburg Duet Shiraz Pinotage

56 Hundred Chenin Blanc


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