{news} Top four seductive bottles of pink bubbles for V-day!

If there’s one day in the year when you open a bottle of pink fizz, it has to be Valentine’s day. After all, nothing says romance like a glass of chilled pink bubbles. A pink bubbly is romantic for all the right reasons. It has bubbles; it’s pink; and it has soft, red fruit flavours….

{eat} For the love of food and wine: an afternoon at Allée Bleue

There’s no better way to celebrate the month of love than a wine tasting and picnic lunch on an iconic Franschhoek wine estate. Let Allée Bleue suitably seduce you this February with their their treats for two! Introduction Having recently spent a leisurely Sunday in Franschhoek (read my blog on our brunch at Haute Cabrière…

{eat} Functional art and world-class fare at Haute Cabrière

How can a day be anything but simply splendid if it starts with breakfast at Haute Cabrière? Served with generous sides of stunning views, lashings of hospitality, and flutes of beautiful bubbles, I couldn’t help but tuck right in. Introduction Having undergone extensive renovations recently, I was delighted when The Tall Hedonist and I were…

{news} Catching up with Chef Kirstie: the heart of Louisvale Wines

Kirstie du Toit, Executive Chef at Louisvale Wines in Stellensbosch, says her love for cooking started when she was a small girl. Born in Mossel Bay, she spent most of her time with her Ouma baking rusks, pasties, cakes and biscuits in her bakery, which was an old barn. “Cooking runs in my family and…

{wine} Celebrating the craft of Krone Méthode Cap Classique

For decades, wine enthusiasts have celebrated the bubbles in a bottle. The Krone Méthode Cap Classique range have recently re-sparkled my absolute love for local MCC’s, and reminded me again that life is truly a special occasion. Introduction A glass of bubbles is such a dainty token of celebration. For me, every day is in…

{wine} Ben Wren Wine Co – because everybody CAN!

We’ve all seen wine-in-a-can advertised all over social media. But Ben Wren Wine is so much more than just a portable version of your favourite tipple. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a philosophy, it’s a statement – and it’s great for the environment, too! Why? Read on to find out… Introduction I was first introduced to…

{wine} My sultry summer companion: De Krans Moscato

Mos-katto. Mos-kaahtou. Mous-katoe. As I fumbled my way over the name of this unfamiliar (to me) wine style, I was at least sure of one thing. De Krans Wines seems to have bottled my anthems for summer, and they were perfectly intended for sunny holidays! Introduction I enthusiastically typed “moscato” into Google, unable to quite…

{news} De Krans Moscato Perlé – a refreshing alternative to a bubbly

Originally from Italy where it is known as Moscato d”Asti, meaning semi sparkling, Moscato as a variety is not exactly new to the South African wine scene. De Krans, located in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo region, first produced a Moscato perlé wine back in 2012. The wine style has started gaining momentum and has now become…