{news} New wines from Louisvale Wines

Louisvale wines, located in the Devon Valley area in the Stellenbosch wine district, has just released three new wines: Louisvale Merlot 2018, Louisvale Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, and the Louisvale Sauvignon Blanc 2020. The Merlot perfectly complements pork dishes and cheese platters; the medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with roast beef and lamb; and the…

{wine} Good things take time; dining with a trio of Delheim Wines

In a world where instant gratification is seemingly the norm, we often overlook the need to wait for good things to happen. A trio of Delheim Wines bottles recently reminded me of the importance of waiting patiently, rather than focusing on the immediate want. Introduction It’s not often that I really sit down and think…

{wine} Wine wanderlust with Perdeberg Wines’ Vineyard Collection

For me, wine is a seasonal indulgence. My tastes and moods change as the leaves on the trees. With Perdeberg Wines‘ The Vineyard Collection, I can’t help but feel a spring in my step as we wait for warmer days! Introduction I’m not a staunch “red for winter, white for summer” believer, but there’s a…

{wine} Sipping pretty with De Krans Wines’ Pinotage Rosé 2020

Rosé might be my favourite wine type. Delicate, romantic and softly floral, it makes me long for summer days and sunset laughs. I felt a strong affinity to De Krans Wines‘ Pinotage Rosé 2020, as it wrapped my heart in red fruits and candy. Introduction Like with Chardonnay, most people have strong polar feelings about…

{news} Clifton Gin: a world-class gin that launched with two gold medals

Born of the sea, Clifton Gin is an iconic new addition to the luxury spirits sector. The vision for this ocean-inspired signature set of gins, founded by South African born Silvana Bottega, was the sheer refreshing burst of the Atlantic Ocean and the soft golden sand of the Cape’s most exclusive beach, Clifton.  Established in…

{product} The rise of Cape Cola – creating conscious beverages

With most of our attention turned to craft spirits, we often overlook the other half of the equation – a good quality mixer. Not only does Cape Cola offer artisanal mixers for your drink, but also great tasting beverages for the ultimate conscious quench.   Introduction A few months ago, I was chatting to the Leonista…

{news} Taste culinary magic at Nederburg’s The Manor during Restaurant Week XXL

Ready for an XXL experience? The talented culinary team at Nederburg’s The Manor will be serving up a mouth-watering two- and three-course menu as part of Restaurant Week South Africa XXL, scheduled to run from 1 October to 1 November 2020. The three-course menu, including a glass of wine per course, is offered at R350 per person, while the two-course,…

{travel} A day in Franschhoek: from pairings to picnics

Taking precious time to rediscover everything our province has to offer after the confines of #lockdown, I headed to Franschhoek for the day to wine and dine my soul in serenity. Introduction Since the upliftment of the travel ban as part of the COVID-19 regulations, I’ve been feeling (and acting!) like a proper tourist in…

{wine} With love from Rascallion Wines – bottles with a cause

No jargon, no expansive tasting notes. Rascallion Wines is rather boldly redirecting the wine conversation to a much more important cause than terroir or temperature. Introduction Everyone that knows me, knows that I like to play with my food and wine. Yes, I try in earnest to learn how to swirl and sip and taste…