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.

Elim; The old Watermill and more

(See also previous posting)

It took Emile Richter the past years a lot of work and passion to restore the old watermill and he is clearly proud of it. His wish is it to use the mill again for milling wheat grains into flour as it was originally designated for.

Roofs in the main road are re-tatched, there is a very affordable B&B, roads to, from and in Elim are upgraded, a restaurant opened and there is even a kind of internet cafe plus a wine cellar. But the watermill, the original heart of this small town, is the attraction for the history minded visitor.

The exception of the rule

With an overload of cat and dog portraits on social media I’m reluctant to pollute cyberspace with more cat and dog pictures. But of course there are exceptions. First of all is our own dog but that does not count. I love dogs and, honestly, I’m not a cat person. So it is very special that I publish an image featuring a cat. This one I met at a restaurant nearby dazing in the afternoon sun.

Dream-Cat