{eat} Lunch at La Petite Ferme – plated art from start to dessert

Teetering on the threshold of the silly season, we recently lingered a bit longer at La Petite Ferme for a lunch date, taking in the views and relishing in the timelessness of Chef Odette’s new summer menu. Introduction Tucked into the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, lies a little farm. This little farm has a…

{sparkling} Timed to perfection: 50 years of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel

I feel quite sheepish to admit that I’ve never tasted Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, the absolute alpha and omega of South African Cap Classique. Having said that, this gap in my internal wine library was recently filled by being invited to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with two sparkling new releases. Introduction My wine career…

{wine} Thinking inside the box: Fleur du Cap’s bag-in-a-box Rosé 

I’m all here for innovation, sustainability and accessibility in the wine industry. In fact, I prefer thinking inside the box, rather than out, just like premium wine brand Fleur du Cap. Introduction With a growing movement towards finding sustainable and eco-friendly ways of producing and packaging household items, the spillover into the wine and hospitality…

{bubbles} How to make my eyes sparkle: L’Ormarins Cap Classique

The best type of food and wine pairing, is the one you enjoy the most. So please excuse me whilst I indulge in my favourite L’Ormarins bubbly and chocolate brownies… Introduction There’s something so magical about a beautifully poured glass of Cap Classique – the way the bubbles continuously loop to the surface, only to…

{sparkling} A West Coast Cap Classique: Groote Post introduces Brut

The opening of a bottle of Cap Classique is always a moment filled with anticipation. The much awaited addition of the Groote Post Vineyards‘ Brut to their impressive line-up was surely a cause for celebration in The Little House. Introduction A bottle of bubbles deserves a loud celebration as the cork explodes into the sky….

{news} Heralding the FAT bastard Rosé 2020 just in time for V-Day

FAT bastard wines are ‘tickled pink’ that their well-loved FAT bastard Rosé was honoured with a Double Gold medal, for the second year in a row, at the 2020 Rosé Rocks competition. Rosé Rocks is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition which seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the SA Rosé…

{wine} Make V-Day a ME-day with Leopard’s Leap Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, I’ll tell you what I’ll be indulging myself with this day of love: Leopard’s Leap Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Because love starts from within, and everyone deserves a ME-day on V-day! Introduction I’m not a massive fan of the commercialisation of Valentine’s Day, or any other type of celebratory day,…

{recipe} Pineapple upside down cake and Skyline Late Harvest

Skyline Late Harvest will be adding a bit of tropical sunshine to my summer this year. Served icy cold, as a spritzer or simply as a sundowner, Skyline is the golden lining around the cloud of 2020. Introduction Blessed with a palate that embraces most wine varietals, there is a place for every wine style…

{wine} Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2020 calls for summer nostalgia

A bottle of Roodeberg wine is so much more than just something to sip. The Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2020 is an invitation to linger longer around the table, to create memories and to reminisce about those long gone. Introduction Roodeberg, the cherished South African classic for over 70 years, has released the 2020 vintage of…