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About the Virtual Tasting

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines of South Africa will be joining founder of A Life Well Drunk John Sporing for a virtual tasting on December 17, 2020, 6:00pm ET.

This tasting has been pushed back from its original date, December 3rd. Apologies if this causes any confusion. 

In the December 17th tasting we will sip and discuss four of his wines:
• Raats Original Chenin Blanc – 91pts Wine Spectator
• Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc – 93pts Tim Atkin
• Raats Jasper Red Blend – 93pts Tim Atkin
• Raats Family Cabernet Franc – 93pts Wine Spectator
Please order as soon as you can to ensure that the wines arrive in time to rest (and chill). On the US East Coast, please order 2 weeks in advance to ensure arrival in time (due to the holiday and the volume of holiday packages).
Note, A Life Well Drunk does not receive payment for these virtual tastings, but we do receive sample wines. We continue to do these tastings to help our winery partners during these challenging times. We are working with Coravin. Several of you have mentioned about not wanting to open three bottles in one night, especially since many of us are drinking alone or in a pair. If you are interested in Coravin, please click HERE and use code CCR2VMR0JG at check out and save 10% Note: A Life Well Drunk may receive a commission on this link.

Meet the Maker

Bruwer joined Blaauwklippen Vineyards in 1996 as assistant winemaker. At the age of 26 he was appointed as Cellar Master at Delaire Graff Estate in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, making him the youngest cellar master in South Africa at the time.


In 2000 Bruwer decided to start his own winemaking company, Raats Family Wines, specialising in two grape varieties only, namely the white grape Chenin Blanc and the red grape Cabernet Franc. Today he is internationally known as the Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc specialist from South Africa.

Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.  It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks. The Raats family lives and dreams about these two varieties and passionately produces wines they believe are truly distinct from old vineyards in the Stellenbosch area east of Cape Town. They have earned a reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

John has visited Bruwer several times over the years (and we will be back in 2021…interested in joining us?), and his wines are among our favorites. We trust they will be some of your favorites as well.