{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}{recipe} Zandvliet’s Shiraz 2017 and a cheat’s sausage pie

When you combine my most beloved winelands district with my most beloved red wine varietal, you get the Zandvliet Shiraz 2017 from Robertson, a gratifyingly rich and complex wine. Add glassesful to a hearty ostrich sausage pie and you’ve unlocked the direct path to most people’s hearts. Introduction I’ve never been quiet about my love…

{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…

{wine} A table for two: Steenberg’s stylish 2020 Sauvignon Blancs

If I could only drink wine from one wine estate for the rest of my life, it would be a difficult decision, but a quick answer: Steenberg Vineyards. Especially now with Cellarmaster Elunda Basson setting her sights on producing award-winning top-tier Sauvignon Blancs, and unveiling her 2020 masterpieces in stylish new outfits. Introduction I’m completely…

{wine} Legacy in a bottle: Kruger Family Reserve Shiraz and Chardonnay

Eternally enticed by new wines to taste and stories captured in bottles, I couldn’t wait to spend an afternoon with a couple of Stellenview Wines’ Kruger Family Reserve wines as I baked away a few lazy hours in the kitchen. Introduction One of my greatest self-indulgences is to unwrap a bottle of wine that I’ve…

{wine} Red red wine: my latest winter accessories from Ernie Els Wines

I’m constantly writing about how I rebel against the perceived seasonality of wines. Yet, here I stand, just a girl, with two bottles of Ernie Els Wines red in my hands, begging winter to arrive.  Introduction Having visited the newly renovated home of Ernie Els Wines a few months ago, I’ve simply not stopped talking…

{wine} Robertson Winery’s winter warming line up

With winter having shown its moody colours over these last few days, I can’t help but crave comforting bowls of baked puddings. Coupled with a selection of Robertson Winery‘s all-season soul-warming wines, I’m ready for the chill to settle in. Introduction Convinced I was born in the wrong season, my heart finds comfort in the…

{wine} Winter warmers: butter chicken bunny chow and Skyline Wine

With the winter months drawing closer, so does my craving for rib-sticking comfort food. Add a bottle of Skyline Late Harvest Wine to a warming winter meal, and you won’t be talking about the weather anymore. Introduction Not a particular fan of categorising wine varietals into seasons, I believe that a good white is just…

{wine} FAT Fig Newtons with FAT bastard’s Rosé 2020

My heart always does a little somersault when I see a beautiful bottle of Rosé. Even more so when it’s one with a little golden hippo on the label, because we all know that signals it will be a FAT bastard of a wine! Introduction I was generously introduced to the FAT bastard range of…