{news} Steenberg The Black Swan in Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc hall of fame

Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2020 has staked its claim as one of South Africa’s best Sauvignon Blancs by securing a place in the 2021 TOP 10 line-up. Being singled out as one of the country’s finest in the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc awards is a triumph for Cellarmaster Elunda Basson at the pinnacle…

{news} Michaelangelo Platinum Award adds new milestone to Diemersfontein’s 21st year

Renowned Wellington winery Diemersfontein has been awarded a Platinum Medal amid its several other accolades at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards. The recognition again re-affirms a consistency of quality across varieties and styles that has been maintained since Diemersfontein’s first vintage 21 years ago. It is significant that the Platinum Award was…

{news} Zandvliet introduces My Best Friend wine-in-a-box

The celebrated Zandvliet winery has made it even easier and convenient for wine-lovers to enjoy its My Best Friend range, available in traditional bottles and now a two-litre wine-in-a-box format too. My Best Friend, which comprises a Cape White and Cape Red, is the perfect bring-your-own-wine summer companion when joining friends for a braai, sunset…

{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter. Introduction With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I…

{experience} Celebrating Shiraz with Simon’s at Groot Constantia

In preparation for National Shiraz Day on 21 August 2021, my eternal love affair with Shiraz recently culminated in a sensational sipping experience at Simon’s Restaurant, tucked into the leafy embrace of Groot Constantia. Introduction One might say it was a celebration too early, but such a deep and complex wine varietal like Shiraz should…

{news} Durbanville Wine Valley triumphs at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The inimitable excellence of wines from Durbanville has been re-affirmed following a remarkable performance by wine route members at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS). Taking top honours at the event – one of the industry’s most authoritative challenges – Durbanville claimed no less than four trophies including Most Successful Producer Overall.   “This…

{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…