{news} Fat Bastard Chardonnay is a top scorer!

The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting convened by Winemag.co.za have been announced, with the FAT bastard Chardonnay 2018 top scoring with 90 points. Seeking to find the best examples of Chardonnay between the R60 and R100 price points, the wines were tasted blind by Winemag.co.za’s suitably qualified panel consisting of Joanne Gibson,…

{news} Thinking outside the glass with L7 Craft Beer

If the words ‘beer’ and ‘cocktail’ in the same sentence cause you to shift uncomfortably in your seat, L7 Craft Beer urges you to think outside the glass, and consider how delicious an inspiriting Raspberry Beer and Gin cocktail could be. “No amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” – David Sedaris…

{news} It’s Summer in Italy: Da Luca Prosecco

Winter has arrived but that doesn’t mean celebrations cease. Birthdays, weddings, events and weekends are perennial occasions and Prosecco is a synonym for a celebration of any kind, even the more subtle ones. Prosecco’s unpretentious elegance lends it to easy drinking, where life’s myriad of wonderful moments can be met with fine bubbles and commemorated…

{news} Vriesenhof Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Some of the world’s finest wines are blends made from different grape varieties, as this allows the winemaker the opportunity to make a wine that brings the best elements of each together in one bottle, such as Vriesenhof’s GSM. The ‘GSM’ blend, made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (GSM), is a classic from the Côtes…

{gin} Brooklyn Gin arrives on South African shores

I could happily submerge myself into a world of gin. Even though South Africa has several handfuls of incredibly unique and quality craft gins (you can read about my favourite craft gins here),  and I always try to support local where possible, I like to peek at what else is out there in the world….

{news} Survivor wins top Pinotage at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017, a new addition to this unbridled Swartland wine range, has triumphed as the top Pinotage at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Winning the Trophy and a Gold medal for the Best Pinotage of the competition, the limited edition Survivor wine was one of 54 Pinotages entered this year. “We…

{wine} Boxed in for all the right reasons: Ben Wren Wine

Why do we assume that quality wine comes in smooth glass bottles, adorned with cursive lettering and golden edges? And why do we continuously buy the pretty bottles, only to put it in the recycling bag? What if, and this is a real shocker, you could still get the same quality wine you crave (and…

{news} International Drink Chenin Day with Welgegund Heritage Wines

The sixth annual International #DrinkChenin Day is taking place on Saturday 15th June 2019 – a very special day to celebrate all there is to love about this popular and versatile white wine. To read my review on Welgegund Heritage wines, click here! Welgegund Heritage Wines invite you to explore the delights of their barrel-fermented,…

{gin} Top ten gins in my cupboard for World Gin Day!

And so our favourite day of the year has finally arrived: World Gin Day. Today, I’ll celebrate this juniper-infused tipple until the sun goes down (and long after!) – because we all know how childishly happy a pretty G&T makes me! I’ve rounded up my five most favourite South African craft gins from my cupboard…

{wine tasting} Steenberg Wine Estate

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the little place I call home, lies the centuries-old farm of Steenberg Wine Estate. Set in one of the most beautiful corners of Cape Town, Steenberg reaps the benefits of being surrounded by mountains, vineyards and the ocean. I recently visited the farm for a wine tasting…

{cider} Three cheers for Three Spades Cider!

When I lived abroad, I fully submerged myself in the sub-culture of craft cider. Cloudy or clear, sparkling or still, fruity or floral – in Europe you can find a cider for every whim and taste.  In South Africa, though, cider is synonymous with one or two commercial brands we grew up with. Can you…

{news} Flagstone Two Roads Chardonnay

Such is the popularity of Chardonnay that for a great many people, meeting for a glass of wine means meeting for Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic…