{news} Jan Boland Coetzee honoured for remarkable role in SA wine industry

South African wine-making legend Jan Boland Coetzee, one of the most famous names in the country’s wine industry, has been awarded with the 1659 Medal of Honour at the annual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event held at Groot Constantia Estate. This event, a highlight in the Cape’s wine community, is held each year to commemorate the…

{news} The genius Gibson’s team sets a Guinness World Record!

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs at the V&A Waterfront have been announced as the Guinness World Records official title holder for ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’. With 207 decadently divine Shakes on offer, Gibson’s no doubt have a Shake to satisfy everyone’s taste buds – a Milkshake Paradise indeed! To read my review on…

{news} La Colombe announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant

In front of over 700 of the country’s shining culinary talents, La Colombe was announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at a glittering event at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino. Stepping up to collect the award on behalf of his team, Executive Chef James Gaag says, “This…

{news} Welgegund honoured in Tim Atkin’s 2019 SA Special Report

Welgegund Heritage Wines has broken the venerable 90-point barrier in Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report with two 2017 special releases from low-yielding dryland bush vines: Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir and Cinsault with 93 and 91 points respectively. Tim Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with over 30 years’…

{news} Diners Club celebrates it’s annual Winelist Awards

Diners Club celebrated its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Southern Cape during September – kicking off with the Western Cape event which took place at The Forum Embassy Hill in Constantia, followed by events at The Venue Green Park in Gauteng, 9th Avenue Waterside in KwaZulu-Natal and Monet’s…

{news} Flagstone Sauvignon Blanc Crowned As Best SA Young Wine!

The South African Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. This year Flagstone’s un-wooded Sauvignon Blanc claimed the competition’s most coveted General Smuts Trophy as 2019’s Best SA Young Wine. This is the second time Flagstone has achieved top honours as overall…

{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} 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…

{news} Twee Jonge Gezellen Vineyards wins with VinPro Winetech!

Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in the Tulbagh Valley was recently honoured at the Vinpro Winetech Vineyard Block Competition when one of their Pinot Noir vineyard blocks was judged the winner in the Paarl/Swartland region. The annual VinPro Winetech Vineyard Practice Evaluation covers all the main wine-grape growing areas and is judged by a panel of…

{award} Another Blogger Recognition Award for TLH!

I was nominated for my first Blogger Recognition Award mid-way through 2017, only a mere three months after I started The Little Hedonist. During the Christmas holidays last year, I was aimlessly scrolling through Twitter during that lull between lunch and dinner, only to see I’ve been nominated again – this time by one of…

{news} Groot Phesantekraal Estate in celebration mode

Groot Phesantekraal, the exemplary heritage estate peacefully tucked away on the outskirts of Durbanville, is once again in celebration mode! Fourth generation owners, André and Ronelle Brink, are celebrating the 320th anniversary of their historic farm which dates back to 1698, just over 120 years of Brink family ownership, the launch of their Saturday Lawn…

{news} Finalists: 2018 Diners Club Winemaker & Young Winemaker Awards

The finalists for the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious Winemaker of the Year award, while six will vie for the Young Winemaker of the Year title. Feature image caption: 2018 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year…