{wine} Soak up the sun with FAT bastard’s Chenin Blanc 2018

Ah. The summer holidays are finally upon us! This season, you can bottle your sunshine and share the festive spirit with FAT bastard’s Chenin Blanc 2018. Introduction The chubby golden hippo gets me time and time again. He leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! I’ll never say no when Mr. b sends me…

{wine} My favourite favourite: Groot Phesantekraal wines

Whatever the occasion, I know that when I pull a bottle of Groot Phesantekraal wine from my wine rack, something magical is about to happen. Filled with history, heritage and just a touch of whimsy, these wines will always be the tricks up my sleeve. Introduction We all have our favourites, and these days we…

{wine} Recipe books and Robertson Winery: a match made in the kitchen

I am very often inspired by wine to cook, to create, to feast. I was recently gifted with three of Robertson Winery’s best bottles, which left me reaching for my recipe books. Introduction I’m one of those people who read recipe books for fun. I can sit for endless hours, absolutely mesmerised by colours and…

{wine} The appeal of Pinot Noir: Lourensford the Dome

Every time I lift a bottle of Lourensford Estate wine from its box, my breath catches a little. Maybe it’s the exquisite artwork on the label, maybe the heavy smoothness of the glass as I cradle it in my hands. Maybe it’s just knowing that I’m holding something pretty spectacular. Introduction Growing up, Lourensford has…

{news} Vriesenhof Vineyards release new wines for a new decade

Time for a change? Vriesenhof Vineyards is getting in the mood for the new decade by releasing a full line-up of new vintages across their award-winning range. The Stellenbosch farm, owned by rugby legend Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee, produces a range of red and white wines which are “something to behold”, according to Coetzee, who made…

{eat} At the end of the road: the abundance of Louisvale Wines

They say that home is not a place; it’s a feeling. For me, home is embodied by people, food and wine and love, all four at the same time and in abundance. Recently, I spent a home-coming afternoon at Louisvale Wines, which left me feeling familiarly comfortable and content, like when I pull my favourite…

{wine tasting} Sip slowly this summer at Skilpadvlei

I have driven past so many times, and every time the quaint name of this winery has brought a smile to my face. I decided to make like a tortoise and slow down at Skilpadvlei for a wine tasting or two. Introduction I adore the fact that a wine tasting gives you a quick and…

{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} 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…