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Day 14 - Wine country

Now THIS was a day we all had been looking forward to.  We had been to Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and South Florida (yes non-believers, tropical wine) and now the believers are making the pilgrimage to South Africa's Wine Country and Stellenbosch in particular.

As we mentioned, Gordon's Bay was the center of our little world.  A short 20 minute drive and we were there.  We had not planned specific wineries as it would be like trying to find a single penny in hundreds.   They all had to be good.  Trust us, they were.  We sampled brandy and some of the best wines anywhere.  We also ordered a lot of wines to be shipped or, if they winery had US representation; we got the information for that.

We arrived at Spier Wineries around lunch so here we stopped.  Not only do they have a nice tasting area, they have a crafts market, restaurant and well manicured grounds. They also have a Cheetah Sanctuary.   Right after lunch Xuchi and I headed there.  They had some young, under a year old, cheetahs we could pet.  These are wild animals abandoned and unable to live in the wild.  They were so beautiful and purred very loud when we rubbed their backs.  Oh, yes, we did get lots of photos.

We got into the van and to explore heretofore uncharted wineries.  We did stop and Van Rhys for brandy.  They have a very nice and very informative tasting process.  We did partake in that with abandon.  Even Yo, who normally hates the smell of brandy, remarked that this was good.

Our final stop was the Stellenbosch winery.  Here again we order wine to be shipped.  At this point even the most experienced wine connoisseur, Alan, was "tasted" out so we headed back to Gordon's Bay.

Next day was the V&A Waterfront.
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