Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Vineyard Brands and WOSA group at Fairview!

Leading US wine importer, Vineyard Brands, in collaboration with WOSA, brings two groups of key clients and agents to South Africa each year. The groups tour the winelands and visit the producers in the VB portfolio. Robin Back chats to a few members of their group after their tasting at Fairview.

CAPARZO Brunello di Montalcino 2005

92 points

"Plum and ripe berry notes, with hints of strawberry jam, follow through to a full body, with a solid core of ripe fruit, chewy yet polished tannins and a long finish. This is deep and rich. Best after 2012." -

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

World Cup Wines from South Africa Tasting!

A Tasting of Wines from South Africa,
host of this Years World Cup Soccer.

presented by
Sheilah McGovern of Vineyard Brands.
Saturday June 5th • 1pm to 5pm

The Chocolate Block 2007

" and full of flavor...a blend of 55% Syrah, 20% Grenache Noir, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cinsault and 4% Viognier. Black fruit notes are predominant in the wine, but there is a touch of red cherry also and soft aromas meld very nicely with a rounded texture and ripe tannins in the finish..."

La Capra Chenin Blanc 2009
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"an explosion of fruit on the nose, with tropical melon, pear and guava as well as ripe citrus aromas. Tropical flavors follow through on the palate, balanced by a fresh acidity and clean red apple crispness."

La Capra Pinotage 2008
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"Sweet fruit, pepper and cedar on the nose, with loads of blackberries and ripe plums, well structred with supple tannis and layered with ripe fruit flavors following through from the nose."

Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2009
reg. $12.99 save $3.00

A blend of fruit from Neil Ellis's finest vineyards.
"...a nice crunchy style, with sea salt and lime notes kept perky by mouthwatering acidity..." WS
Sincerely Shiraz 2008
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..."fresh attractive blackberry, plumlike fruit. Medium body with Rhone-like plum and spice flavors. Palate is smooth in an early drinking style."

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2009
reg. $16.99 save $3.00

An award winning white.."Predominant flavors are those of tropical fruit with herbaceous overtones, whilst the overall impression is of elegance and delicacy with a long flavorsome finish."

All tasting notes are from the Vineyard Brands website.


The flavonoids and antioxidants in grapes (used to make wine) have been shown to have beneficial health effects. Scientist concluded that two to three glasses of wine for men and one to two glasses of wine for women may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 40 percent, cut the risk of colon cancer and cataracts, and may also slow brain decline.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Burgundy Tasting at Grace Restaurant

Sheilah McGovern hosts
a BURGUNDY TRADE TASTING at Grace Restaurant
from 2-4 on June 2.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Look at that view...

Vineyard Brands sales rep Emmanuel Lemoine's view in New Zealand during his
Peregrine winery visit.

Peregrine winery, New Zealand!

Owners of Peregrine Lindsay McLachlan, Greg Hay
with Eugenio, Hank & Saj