Sunset Ship

Our stories this week are about beauty, to a large extent. We travelled, not far, to two of our favourite areas within a couple of hours; drive from Cape Town. And, of course, food and wine were involved, with a chance to taste some magnificent wines, some from our own cellar and some from farms we visited and from our friends. All things bright and beautiful…

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We love showing you beautiful parts of our wonderful country. Last weekend was spent with friends who had invited us to stay with them in their daughter’s house at De Kelders on the Southern Cape Coast. From the deck there are great views of Hermanus across Walker Bay and then right down the coast to Hangklip. And on this particular day we were even able to see right across False Bay to Cape Point. Read On…

A lovely American couple booked a tour, specifying that they preferred cool climate varietals, especially Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot noir. After we presented them with the best alternatives, they chose Elgin, so they were fetched from The Taj and taken there on a lovely summer day. Elgin is a relatively new wine producing area, and is internationally famous as a producer of excellent apples and pears and an equally famous apple drink. Read On…

It is that time of the year when the supermarkets are full of the most delicious vegetables.  This dish originates in Spain and is a selection of Mediterranean vegetables that are roasted whole and then served as a salad.  Over the years we have added one or two local vegetables to the mix and they have really added to an already almost perfect dish. Read On…

John tasted this wine at Iona with his American tour clients who declared it one of the best sauvignons they had tasted. They are particular fans of Sancerre. When just opened, it shows initial “cat's pee on a gooseberry bush” on the nose. This settles to grapefruit and Elgin Sauvignon’s signature granadilla as well as a hint of elderflower. Read On…

20th February 2020

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We keep talking about rain and the scarcity of water in our blessed, beautiful province. We are still in trouble. 2018 saw the lowest rainfall of any year since 2010 and even then we had 100 mm less in 2019 than in 2018. We still need to be careful; we don't know what the future holds. 

It is not difficult to be careful; just be aware of what you do with water and look after this precious resource. Don't leave the shower running while you soap, use grey water to flush, don't run the dishwasher until it is full..... We're in crisis. Think about it! Your garden may, like ours, become a desert. Sad, but necessary and a minor sacrifice in comparison to queueing at a hose for your daily 25 litre allowance. We are planting succulents and other water-wise plants which will tolerate the conditions and still give us pleasure

So don't think that it's OK if it's raining; the trouble is that it is not raining enough. The dams are only, on average, not sufficiently full. We need to try harder. It is no use hoping that more rain will come. If it does, it will be a blessing, but the long term forecast still does not encourage optimism. Tapping into aquifers and installing desalination plants will help in the long term, but we must face up to the fact that water will always be a scarce, precious commodity in the Western Cape. The world's weather is in trouble. Europe is experiencing temperatures that we are used to here in Africa. Vineyards are being planted in England. It might be normal in Spain, but when we hear stories from chilly Scotland and often icy Norway about temperatures in the 30s.....

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