{wine} Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

That chubby golden hippo always manages to put a smile on my face. This time around, I was happier than a happy hippo when a bottle of FAT bastard‘s Chardonnay 2018 landed in my lap. Because living large is exactly what I like to do! Background The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting…

{eat} Sunday lunch redefined: Eat @ Perdeberg

Sometimes I feel like a hearty Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, but without the piles of dishes and hours standing in front of the stove. That’s why I let Eat @ Perdeberg take all the brunt work out of Sunday lunch work, which left me with more time to sample their collection of wines……

{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…

{eat} Retreat into elegance at Incognito

We all need to hide away from the humdrum of the world every now and again. Recently I’ve found my new retreat, camouflaged into the green belt of the Constantia Valley. This place of rejuvenation is aptly called Incognito. Background Part of the prestigious The Kove Collection, Incognito is a recently renovated space tucked at…

{experience} The Great White – Cape Town rum with a bite!

With murmurs of a rum-revolution tickling my ears for the last year or so,  I was delighted to have a look-see at how our Capetownian crafters are interpreting this stigmatised drink.  I recently visited Cape of Storms Distilling Company and let’s just say this – I’ve befriended a Great White that I’ll welcome with open…

{news} Richland Rum x Truth Coffee

Richland Rum and Truth Coffee have collaborated to bring fans of the world’s best sipping rum, and the world’s best coffee shop, a delicious rum-based drink and dessert.    British newspaper the Daily Telegraph voted Cape Town-based Truth as the world’s best coffee shop, while Richland Rum Cask Strength was voted best sipping rum by bourbon judge and writer Fred Minnick…

{wine} Whet your winter appetite with Vriesenhof’s GSM 2017

Ah. A toasty red blend on a cold winter’s eve alongside a bowl of hearty soup. There are not many pleasures in this world that can surpass the warmth and love of a good red blend when your soul needs a bit of cuddling. Vriesenhof Vineyards is right on the mark once again with their…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Lozärn Wines

As we drained the last sips from our coffee cups after a proper farm breakfast, we stacked the Avanza and said our goodbyes to the sterling team at Jan Harmsgat Country House. Our next and final stop for the weekend was a chit-chat at Lozärn Wines. It is here where we got real geeky about…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Jan Harmsgat Country House

And just like that, our second day of our #MagicOfWinter media stay in the Langeberg Valley was on its back. One final stretch of road until we reached our overnight destination, Jan Harmsgat Country House, for what I now know was an absolute country-chic spoil. Introduction As we rounded the last bend, Jan Harmsgat Country…

{news} What to expect from the new Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town

While expansion and extensive renovation to the restaurant are still underway, here is a ‘teaser’ of how the interior redesign of Taj Cape Town’s signature Indian fine dining restaurant, Bombay Brasserie is bound to delight and astound its patrons. The moment guests step into the new Bombay Brasserie, which will be doubled in size, they…

{recipe box} Cooking with Kibali and ManCrave

During winter, in-between hibernating sessions, I love to spend precious time in the kitchen cooking and creating wholesome, heart-warming food to nourish my wintery soul. Windfall Wine, together with ManCrave, recently gave me a reason to get out from under my blankets and head to the kitchen with a beautiful recipe box and a bottle…

{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,…