{wine} A seasonal interlude: the song of Welgegund Providence 2015

To say I’m obsessed with this time of the year is putting it quite mildly. There’s just something about the turning of the seasons, the interlude between winter and spring, that really feeds my soul. Whilst we slowly wake after our winter slumber and turn our faces to the brightness of the pending summer, I’ll…

{eat} A generous helping of heritage at Hamm & Uys

My childhood memories all begin and end with food. Hamm & Uys rekindles that child-like excitement for your mom’s cooking with a Sunday lunch spread that will fill you with a tinge of nostalgia, a dash of sentimentality and a generous sprinkle of wonder. Introduction I recently received an invitation to dine at Hamm &…

{wine} A sensory journey with Lourensford’s The Dome Ethel

As soon as I opened the box, I was transported on a sensory adventure. With a name like The Dome Ethel and a label that simply takes your breath away, this wine invites you to linger a bit longer, and to peek at what it holds. Lourensford Wine Estate added a new vintage to the…

{recipe box} Heritage Day with Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017

With September in full swing and filled with Heritage Day celebrations, I am super excited to share this chicken chakalaka experience with you. Paired with the gorgeous bottle of Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017, it doesn’t get more proudly South African than this! Introduction We all know how I feel about recipe boxes. They make me…

{wine} Balance conservation and lifestyle with Hank the elephant

Endangered animal conservation lies close to my heart. So when our favourite unicycle riding elephant, Hank from Balance Wines, speaks up to raise awareness on the plight of desert elephants, that’s when we make our ears big like Dumbo’s! Introduction I recently received a duo of Balance wines from their Classic range to review. Balance…

{recipe box} Creating magic with Vondeling’s Monsonia 2016

I appreciate all types of food, but I have a certain nostalgic connection to good, wholesome home cooking. I was grateful for an opportunity to take some time from my busy day and create a heart-warming meal with Vondeling Wines and their award-winning Monsonia 2016. Introduction I recently received a recipe box on my desk…

{wine} Drink a glass, save a rhino: Van Loveren’s Rhino Run wines

Food and wine are almost always about fun and games. So, when I find a brand that’s raising awareness about and committing to fight issues that negatively affect our planet earth, that’s when my ears really prick up. One of these brands is Van Loveren  Family Vineyards with their Rhino Run wines. Background Van Loveren…

{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…

{wine} The tale of Journey’s End Vineyards

As I slowly pulled four bottles of Journey’s End Vineyards wine from their respective carriers, my heart skipped four slow beats. I instantly knew I was about to embark on not only a journey of the senses, but also on a great story-telling adventure. Background Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir…

{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…

{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…