{news} New Roodeberg 1949 is a modern return to the roots of SA wine

Roodeberg, the true South African original that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, has taken its narrative back to the heart of the country’s winemaking roots with the launch of ‘1949’, a meticulously crafted, limited edition commemorative blend. Continuing the Roodeberg tradition as a blend with universal appeal, Roodeberg 1949 lends new vitality through the…

{news} Nederburg Black Friday: Your chance to #sipnsave

Make your way to Nederburg in Paarl on Black Friday (and Saturday) to stock up on some of the winery’s choicest selections. Versatility is the name of the game, with offers on current and older vintages like you’ve never seen before. Nederburg Black Friday takes place on 29 and 30 November. “This is a rare…

{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} Journey’s End Vineyards release their rebranded “V Series”

Journey’s End, the picturesque boutique winery and vineyard situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West in the Helderberg basin, have released their rebranded ‘V Series’ range of wines to high acclaim. On release, the Journey’s End V Chardonnay 2018 was honoured with a Top 10 placing and 93 points…

{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…

{news} Groot Phesantekraal’s delectable Spring menu offers

Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, peacefully tucked away within the Tygerberg Hills on the outskirts of Durbanville, a rural gem awaits you, where the rich heritage, dating back to 1698, is woven into the very fabric of the estate. This is Groot Phesantekraal. Once a reposing farm with rolling wheatlands, vineyards, grazing cows and…

{news} Introducing Pangolin Gin: a zesty gin for a very deserving cause

Conservation non-profit Pangolin.Africa has partnered with New Harbour Distillery in Cape Town to launch Pangolin Gin – a limited-edition craft gin sold in support of the organisation’s pangolin awareness, protection and conservation efforts across Africa. Master Distiller Nic Janeke – one of the most sought-after distillers in the country – has created a unique recipe…

{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} Keeping it light this summer with Robertson Winery

Robertson Winery, true to its reputation for pioneering, innovation and keeping abreast with the times, launched the first collection of light cultivar wines in 2008, featuring a: Sauvignon Blanc Extra Light, Chenin Blanc Light and Pinotage Rosé Light. This popular range was extended when an Extra Light Merlot was added to the collection in 2011….

{news} ‘Tis (almost) the season: give Richland Rum this Christmas

What’s Christmas without rum? Forget the punch or rum in the pudding, those in the know will be lifting a glass of aged, single barrel, sipping rum. Richland Rum, rated by Forbes as America’s best rum, is the ideal Christmas gift for someone who loves quality aged rum, or whisky drinkers keen to try something…

{news} Heat up with BOCCA’s new sizzling summer menu

It’s been a busy year for BOCCA, the bustling Italian eatery in the heart of Bree Street, Cape Town’s ‘restaurant mile’. Under new ownership – experienced restaurateurs Guido and Adnana Brambilla – BOCCA’s refreshed décor and inspired urban Italian menu have kept local foodies, and savvy tourists, flocking to one of the city’s most talked-about restaurants. Read my…

{news} Mindful Drinking Festival: 20 October 2019

Alcohol-free drinks are all the rage right now. But what are they? Do they still contain alcohol? And what is the difference between a non-alcoholic drink and an alcohol-free one?  South Africa’s first ever Mindful Drinking Festival at Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages in Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday 20 October 2019 will answer these questions.  The…