If you told me six years ago that I’d be talking about wine tasting and “soul food” in the same sentence, I’d have laughed. Or rolled my eyes. Pffft… wine is wine. What’s soul got to do with it?
A LOT, actually.
Before we moved to winelands country, I wasn’t much of wine fan at all. I enjoyed my rose and semi sweet white wine – only sweet wines that tasted like juice.
But these days, I’ve been introduced to a whole new world of vino. Thank you hubby!
(Is there anything better than a glass of pinotage with hints of chocolate and coffee in winter?)
The wine tasting craving
Life is SO busy – with or without kids. You blink and another week has gone, another month. And then it’s Christmas. Sometimes life is so hectic and stressful and hard. And then sometimes, we get so busy just trying to get everything done and fit things in over the weekend – we forget how important it is to just “be”.
I was reminded this week. I NEEDED that.
So yesterday, for the first time in eight months (feels like a freaking lifetime), an entire day was dedicated to some much needed R&R with my favourite human. A day of wine and winter sun and not worrying about cleaning the house or washing or anything.
Just fun. Just us.
When you can’t take a holiday or just break away for a long weekend, wine tasting is the next best thing.
Good for the soul
I crave nature like crazy during the week because where I work I can’t just get up and go walk around.
That’s one of the best things about going to wine farms – the sheer natural BEAUTY. It’s jaw-dropping and it just makes me feel calm and relaxed – almost as if I’m in another world, if only for an afternoon.
I love how each wine farm has their own something special about them.
It could be gourmet picnics and serene areas to sit on a blanket and whisper sweet nothings into your partner’s ear. Or an art gallery or mini museum where you can learn all about the history of the wine estate. Or a fancy shmancy restaurant.
Or the most creative wine tasting pairings, like:
- wine and chocolate tasting
- wine and ice cream tasting
- wine and cupcake tasting
- wine and soup tasting
- wine and cheese tasting
- wine and nougat tasting
It’s that whole fun, adventurous feeling I get whenever we try some new sort of pairing. It’s awesome!!
And wine tasting isn’t expensive, which is great if it’s near month-end and you just want to get out for a bit. On average, tasting six wines costs between R35 – R50 per person, which isn’t bad at all.
When we go wine tasting, I pretend I’m a tourist.
I pretend I don’t live there, that I’m on holiday and that I don’t have a care in the world. (I’m trying to do more of this, it’s hard… when you’re an introvert. But I’m getting there. This year, I’m winning at life).
I think that’s why I enjoy it so much… it gives me a chance to just “be”. Be silly. Be whatever.
My soul is happy. My mind is free. My body is relaxed.
Honestly, sitting outside with a picturesque view, sipping some of the most beautiful wine in the world and not having anywhere else to be – it’s one of the BEST things on earth.
Bliss, pure and simple BLISS.
Wine and good health
I’ve heard for the longest time that wine is good for you – in moderation, obviously, not downing a bottle after a hard day at work every weeknight. One glass a day, or so they say.
Benefits to drinking wine in moderation:
- Decreases the risk of depression
- Anti-ageing properties, especially red wine – YAY!!
- Can reduce the risk of dementia
- Can raise levels of omega 3 in the body
- Can help prevent type 2 diabetes
My favourite wine farms
There isn’t a single day that goes by where I don’t feel blessed to live where we live. We can jump in the car and get to a nearby wine farm within 15 minutes. So, so grateful.
Here are a few favourites I can’t get enough of:
- Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West – GREAT coffee, chocolate pairing and a fab restaurant.
- Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – The best wine and cupcake pairing you’ll ever have.
- Spier in Stellenbosch – I just love their picnic baskets and gorgeous grassy areas to lounge around.
- Bilton Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – Fantastic chocolate and wine pairing.
- Peter Falke Wines – Awesome nachos, sundowners and bean bags. Book, book, book!
Do you go wine tasting? What’s your favourite wine farm to visit?