Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW Zoom Video

It’s the perfect weather for a chilled bottle of something fizzy. In my glass, a delicious Methode Cap Classique (MCC) Rose from Paul René in Robertson, South Africa.

To many of us MCC is a relative newcomer on the ever-growing traditional sparkling scene but next year South Africa will celebrate 50 years since its creation.

Unable to use the term Method Champenoise (or any mention of the Champagne region), the South African growers who drew inspiration from the French region came up with the ‘Classic Cape Methode’ or in French, Methode Cap Classic. The pioneering credit goes to the Simonsig Estate.

Episode 20 – Viruses and other villains in the vineyards with Prof. Gerhard Pietersen and Aidan Morton


The Leafroll virus is a global issue and a hot topic amongst winemakers and Viticulturalists all over the world.

In this discussion, my Co-Host, Cathy Van Zyl MW and myself, hosted Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the Stellenbosch University and Aidan Morton from The Takora Wine Estate for an informative, up to date seminar about the topic. Other notable professionals that joined us in an open conversation and added from their experience were Alastair Rimmer (Kleine Zalze), Rosa Kruger (The Old Vine Project), Ido Lewinson (Barkan- Israel), to name but a few.

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Viruses and other villains in the vineyards Zoom Video

The Leafroll virus is a global issue and a hot topic amongst winemakers and Viticulturalists all over the world.

In this discussion, my Co-Host, Cathy Van Zyl MW and myself, hosted Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the Stellenbosch University and Aidan Morton from The Takora Wine Estate for an informative, up to date seminar about the topic. Other notable professionals that joined us in an open conversation and added from their experience were Alastair Rimmer (Kleine Zalze), Rosa Kruger (The Old Vine Project), Ido Lewinson (Barkan- Israel), to name but a few.

Cathy Van Zyl MW

Episode 19 – Chenin Blanc tour of South Africa with Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux


Listen to Cathy Van Zyl MW and Me in conversation with two of South Africa’s most respected winemakers. The charismatic “King of Chenin” Ken Forrester and one of Swartland’s biggest ambassadors, Andrea Mullineux. Comparing Chenin from their regions, the terroir characteristics, preferences in the vineyard and in the winery.

This is a first in a series of conversations with Cathy and myself, covering the major regions of this stunning country. On our tour, we will chat to truly inspiring winemakers.

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Chenin Blanc tour of South Africa with Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux Zoom Video

Listen to Cathy Van Zyl MW and Me in conversation with two of South Africa’s most respected winemakers. The charismatic “King of Chenin” Ken Forrester and one of Swartland’s biggest ambassadors, Andrea Mullineux. Comparing Chenin from their regions, the terroir characteristics, preferences in the vineyard and in the winery.

This is a first in a series of conversations with Cathy and myself, covering the major regions of this stunning country. On our tour, we will chat to truly inspiring winemakers.

Subscribe to be notified of the next live session.

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