When your brother in law is a brilliant winemaker, but lives almost 10,000miles away

Sep 11, 2019,05:38 AM

It’s not easy or often I have the immense pleasure of enjoying Rich’s wine. Our family gathering a couple of weeks ago provided a rare opportunity to try his Viognier. It was superb and the moment was too good not to snap this pic.
He also makes a lovely red, that I’ve had several years ago. Having spent his formative years in Burgundy, ten from memory, he moved almost 20years ago to the cape in South Africa to work in and around the wine world near Stellenbosch.
As a small Independent winemaker in a highly competitive market, it’s a tough business from a strictly financial viewpoint, but it provides him with an enormous amount of pleasure and pride. I only wish it was easier to get hold of his wine!

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 By: mrds : September 11th, 2019-07:02
I do love South African wine, they make real good stuff! Better to ship in a few cases then, before The Donald takes his trade war to Africa ;-) Enjoy! Daniel

It was delicious white!

 By: Tim Jackson : September 11th, 2019-16:06
I've had some Cabs while over there visiting, that I found superb too. Tremendous value ;-)

Yes, a great British summer lunch outdoors.

 By: Tim Jackson : September 11th, 2019-16:07
Looking forward to catching up in a few weeks. Cheers, Tim

As a Frenchman with impeccable taste, there are many superb wines being created that you'd appreciate.

 By: Tim Jackson : September 11th, 2019-16:10
As is often the case, the best ones are consumed domestically over there, but occasionally the great ones get out for others to try. Best to go down there and experience for yourself. My brother in law has all the connections ;-) Cheers, Tim

I’ve had some tremendous South African wines ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 11th, 2019-11:53
Delaire Graff Estate Laurence Graff Reserve, Stellenbosch,

Not tried that one Capt., I imagine anything Graff owns will be very good!

 By: Tim Jackson : September 11th, 2019-16:41
I've had Vergelegen reserve cabs on a couple of occasions and brought some home to the US over 10 years ago, which was consumed after about 5yrs of lying in state. It was around 10 yrs old at the time of drinking, and excellent from memory. Cheers, Tim

Thanks for that info Tim...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 12th, 2019-01:19
Keep enjoying your wine with friends, it’s a great combination.

Love the

 By: halkcb : September 11th, 2019-18:47
perfume and fragrance of the viognier wine. Never had this before---looks like you enjoyed it a lot Thanks for sharing a new wine---will try looking for it

My pleasure! [nt]

 By: Tim Jackson : September 12th, 2019-08:31

I'll keep an eye out . . .

 By: Dr No : September 14th, 2019-01:25
. . . the next time shopping for a gift bottle, Tim. A sip would've been appreciated with tonight's supper, Baja halibut . . . . . . with a side of spinach and mushrooms in oil and garlic. Art ...