Zandvliet and Wetshof

De Wetshof and Zandvliet are a few of the wine houses worthwhile for the connaisseur to visit in the Robertson Wine Valley (others are Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Graham Beck and Springfield).

Now I also have a Fraai Uitzicht Syrah

No I’m not going to taste it; just let it mature for a few years. Well that’s what I do with quality wines. Recently I wrote a review about Le Neuf Papesch of this South African wine cellar and I had critics from …. the wine critics who make a living out of drinking/tasting wine and write about it. There are quite a few of them I found out. I received 13 emails (what a number!); two of them asking if I could please withdraw my review from the internet. Others found it of bad taste to inform readers about a simple method of distinguishing qualities; as it’s a secret amongst that particular profession. One (from South Africa) found the review ‘intriguing’ and from the UK I got the remark I was “too honest” …. The French ‘Vigneron’ (wine-maker’) with over 300,000 followers (re-)tweeted the link several times and French tweeting about South African wines ….. that’s quite something; I feel obliged.

In the meantime I acquired a second bottle for my collection from Fraai Uitzicht. This time a Syrah. Now I also want to have their Merlot, Viognier and Grenache…

The wines are not cheap and one cannot expect that real quality is cheap. These are wines for special occasions including a dinner or lunch at the restaurant of Fraai Uitzicht that has so many awards that the owners lost count. The wines (if in stock) are also online available. For Europeans: The wines are distributed from Germany.

Beautiful View

Guesthouse ‘Fraai Uitzicht’ (‘Beautiful View”) in the Klaas Voogds hamlet in the Western Cape, South Africa does not only offer the guests stunning views from the restaurant terrace or amazing surprises to look at in the own garden but also a look at the guesthouse itself is worthwhile to stay there for a couple of days. And than I’m not going to describe the mouthwatering dishes that are prepared in the kitchen. This superb guesthouse qualifies with ease for five stars but the owners stick to their 4 stars for marketing reasons. Well …. let’s have a look.

 

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Sculpture Dressing 2

As a follow-up on yesterday’s posting here some additional sculpture dressings. The sculptures we ‘stole’ from the gardens of Fraai Uitzicht and also the first backgrounds (3 and 4 respectively Stanford and the N1 near Touwsrivier) but the rest is entirely from our village.

Sculpture dressing

Last week we photographed some sculptures in the garden of Fraai Uitzicht 1798 and today it was time to dress them up a bit with ‘bits-and-pieces’ from our garden. It could be a faerie tale. All pictures taken with a Sony A77 VQ; some with the Sony 16-55mm lens and others with a Sigma 70-300 (macro) lens. The editing today with Adobe Photoshop CS6 on the apple iMac MC812 if that means something to you.

On the Road in South Africa

This week we made a road trip via Matjiesfontein, South Africa’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ (even South Africans have to discover this little gem) and Barrydale, to Robertson. In Robertson we did some maintenance in the cactus garden we created last year at Fraai Uitzicht in the Klaas Voogds area; Klaas Voogds East to be more precise. This is one of the rare guesthouses in South Africa where owners and staff succeed in adding an extra dimension to ‘ordinary’ great hospitality. Real Value for money; surely in comparison with the accommodation rates in Cape Town. And now we mention the Mother City; the real South African journey begins 100 km beyond Cape Town. See for yourself. What you see is just an impression and elements from some of the pictures I will use in future ‘Elementary Posters’.

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