{accommodation} In pursuit of repose: Plum Tree Cottage, McGregor

Sometimes you just need to take a break and give your soul what it needs. My soul recently longed for beautiful vistas, fresh air, and a reprieve from our COVID-blotched reality. I found all of that, and so much more, at Plum Tree Cottage in McGregor. Introduction Most of us had to celebrate birthdays, milestones…

{spirits} Leonista 100% Karoo Agave: best served with a side of wild adventure

Recently I decided to run with lions and took the Leonista pride for an adventure in Graaff-Reinet. Filled with 100% pure South African goodness, these agave spirits evoke feelings of wanderlust that simply has to be answered. Introduction Part of my regular road-trip packing routine includes choosing my drinks for sundowner evenings in beautiful locations….

{travel} A day in Franschhoek: from pairings to picnics

Taking precious time to rediscover everything our province has to offer after the confines of #lockdown, I headed to Franschhoek for the day to wine and dine my soul in serenity. Introduction Since the upliftment of the travel ban as part of the COVID-19 regulations, I’ve been feeling (and acting!) like a proper tourist in…

{news} Franschhoek Bastille Festival: Are you ready for something new?

In case the grapevine news hasn’t reached you, here’s what you missed. Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is still on the cards, but instead of the traditional format, the festival will be coming to you. A first-of-its-kind for Franschhoek, the organisers have called on the support of its members to showcase the valley through the lens of…

{experience} Reminiscing about the Muratie Harvest Festival 2020

We’re all trying to navigate our way through the national #lockdown without a glass of wine in hand and winter steadily on its way. Some days, I simply can’t help to lose myself in the daydream of Muratie Wine Estate‘s Harvest Festival earlier this year. Introduction I’ve found it difficult to write about wine these…

{wine} Finding love in the everyday: Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé

I consciously try to find something in every day that I love purely, fully and without condition. Zandvliet Wine Estate has recently given me that something that I can love abundantly with the introduction of their new Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé. Introduction Find the good in every day, they say. Because we all know I don’t…

{experience} Bombay Brasserie 2.0 – a sensory feast of flavour

They say a change is as good as a holiday. So, with the recent re-opening of the brand-new Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town, we were whisked away on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation as we delighted in all this mother-city institution has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s bigger, better and way more Bombay for your buck!…

{experience} Da Tulha Cachaça: a Brazilian carnival in a glass

When I think of Brazil, I think of tropical rain forests, carnivals, lazy sunshine days, slow and sultry music and colourful cocktails. Thanks to our friends at Covert Distributions, we can now all enjoy the spirit of Brazil this summer with the addition of Cachaça Da Tulha to their impressive portfolio. Introduction As I skimmed…

{news} Diners Club celebrates it’s annual Winelist Awards

Diners Club celebrated its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Southern Cape during September – kicking off with the Western Cape event which took place at The Forum Embassy Hill in Constantia, followed by events at The Venue Green Park in Gauteng, 9th Avenue Waterside in KwaZulu-Natal and Monet’s…

{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……