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Vintage Wines, Automobiles and Art in South Africa

We drove to the winery ZevenWacht the other day for a wine and cheese tasting.   They are one of the few wineries in the Stellenbosch area that grows a Zinfandel grape.  


Our host for our tastings was the delightful Dene Lackay.   She explained our cheese and wines cheerfully and thoroughly. Born in 1983 -- the same year as the winery -- she guided us through a series of red wines.   Dan's favorite was the 2008 Pinotage, while my fave was the 2007 Primitivo.   They also feature a Tin Mine Red named after the Tin Mine that the government tried to foist on their lovely property.   Thank goodness the owner had the guts to stand up to them and save this gorgeous winery property from tin mining.  

Dene and Johann are enthusiastic hosts who added their own panache to the tasting and made it especially fun for us all.   We couldn't help but overhear some of Johann's explanations to his rather large tour group, but our personalized and intelligent attention from Dene took the cake. 

Our landlady and driver, Marie Beukes, enjoyed the Pinotage and looking at the well-stocked gift shop.

Another day we went to the Franschoek Auto Museum and were pleased to find our collections had some things in common.

The museum is organized in 4 large buildings with approximately 20 cars in each.   Of course, they had a 1959 Cadillac and a 1960 as well, both convertibles.   Mine is not this clean and not a convertible, but otherwise, it was good to see my Caddy represented here in such good company.

Dan's 1958 MGA was also included in the collection.  

By far the most interesting car in the collection to me was the Czechoslovakian Tatra with its rear engine and large single rear fin.  

I highly recommend visiting this auto museum while in Franschoek.   The guide was knowledgeable and fun, the setting beautiful and even Dan learned something new.

Our last day in Muizenberg was spent puttering around the neighboring town of Kalk Bay where we found the delightful art gallery ArtVark.   Above is a great re-use of a potato sack.  

This gallery was filled with art that was interesting and colorful.  

Their website is located at

The prices seemed reasonable and affordable.

Lots of dog images and animal images were included.

These felted baskets are included for my good friend Joan who also felts.

More tomorrow.


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