It was a dark and stormy night on Tuesday 23rd July with one of the big winter cold fronts hitting the peninsula.
And so driving to the city to attend a trade tasting was not so high on my agenda, but I was glad to arrive and see many familiar and friendly faces there.
PB Liquor Merchants have quite an extensive portfolio of wineries from across the winelands; from Cape Town to Stellenbosch to Robertson to Worcester, to Nuy and the Breedekloof.
I have been spending a lot of time 'Bo die Berg' of late - taking the N1 north and winding my way through the Breedekloof, Worcester and Robertson.
And still the roads are being worked on and still the traffic coming back through Stellenbosch is a nightmare at 5.30pm!
But the freedom one feels once one heads north and comes out of the dark Huguenot tunnel if very enlightening, literally! Lots of open space and surprising discoveries.
Situated at the foot of two big mountain ranges - the Drakenstein and the Hex River Mountains - our vines are fed by water accumulated from mountain streams which can run throughout summer, as these mountains are often snow - capped in winter, storing a life source until the sun melts it into much-needed water for our grapes.