Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wacky Wine Weekend 2013 Wrap up: Day 2


We woke up on the chilly, but sunny Sunday morning in Mcgregor, as hungry and wolves. After draining my bottle of water, waking up my friends and getting dressed and ready for the day we went for a walk down the main road in search of breakfast. I was silently whispering thanks for my lack of a headache and for finding Deli Girls and Bistro just a couple blocks away with a big sign saying: ‘English Breakfast’.
The deli is packed chock-a-block with amazing ingredients, European sweets, Thai spices, homemade truffles – almost anything your heart could desire. So this is where Mcgregor residents do there shopping.
We walked through and warmed ourselves by the fire and ordered our food.



Breakfast at Deli Girls and Bistro in Mcgregor

English breakfast at Deli Girls and Bistro was served with farm bread for R50

After breakfast I took my friends to the Rhebokskraal Kombuis and Farm Stall across the road for some olive tasting. The garlic and herb olives were my favourite.
They make the most delicious 100% grape juice from the Rhebokskraal estate, but unlike any other grape juice, they make it from wine varietals. I loved the wooded Merlot juice, but other varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Hanepoort are also on offer. The cloudy sweet liquid was such a treat that morning.

Delicious olives from Rhebokskraal in McGregor

Merlot grape juice from Rhebokskraalin Mcgregor
For more information on the town of Mcgregor and it’s shops and restaurants, visit: http://www.mcgregorvillage.co.za/

After packing up our goodies and paying for our stay we were on our way and ready to do some wine tasting.
We stopped at a farm called Tanagra, which also offers a range of grappa for tastings.
We decided it was still a little early for grappa, but went straight onto the wine tasting.
I loved both vintages (2011 and 2012) of the red blend called Heavenly Chaos. Each year the blend is slightly different, depending on the grapes produced that year. They also had the wines on a very good special of R35 and R40 per bottle. They aren’t available in Cape Town, but do deliver.
For more information on Tanagra, visit http://www.tanagra-wines.co.za/



Range of wines from Tanagra Winery at Wacky Wine Weekend
We decided to spend the remainder of our time at Graham Beck Wines. After the whirlwind of missioning the day before, it was nice to just sit back and relax while sipping on great MCCs, eating oysters and listening to some live music reminiscent of Michael Bublé.
The setting at Graham Beck is simply stunning and as it is on the road back towards Cape Town, it’s an ideal last stop. I love the Brut Rose and Blanc de Blanc and got to taste some of the vintage bruts upstairs in the tasting room. I also tried their white wines – the Waterside chardonnay is smooth and very easy drinking.
There is an intriguing collection of art in the tasting room – just another reason to visit the estate.
For more information on Graham Beck, visit: http://www.grahambeckwines.co.za/home



Graham Beck Brut Rose MCC with scrumptious oysters

Live entertainment at Graham Beck Winery during Wacky Wine Weekend

My husband loved the roasted pork belly wraps at Graham Beck

Enjoying the afternoon at Graham Beck Winery

The view from the Graham Beck tasting room is absolutely gorgeous

Tasting Graham Beck Wines
I always hate leaving... but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go and at least I have some wine from the different wineries we visited at home to remember my fun weekend by.
Until next year then...
For more information on Wacky Wine Weekend, visit: http://www.wackywineweekend.com/

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