{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……

{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…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Lozärn Wines

As we drained the last sips from our coffee cups after a proper farm breakfast, we stacked the Avanza and said our goodbyes to the sterling team at Jan Harmsgat Country House. Our next and final stop for the weekend was a chit-chat at Lozärn Wines. It is here where we got real geeky about…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Esona Boutique Wine Estate

We departed the Montagu Country Hotel on a bright, sunny morning, well rested and ready to continue our #MagicOfWinter media tour through the Langeberg Valley. We were spending our morning in the sterling company of Esona Boutique Wine Estate and frankly my dear, I was childishly excited to taste some wines! Introduction To be honest,…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Weltevrede Wine Estate

As we left the comfy confines of the Kalkveld Lounge, fed and watered, we excitedly boarded the Wine Valley Safari truck, which would take us on a scenic detour to our next stop of the day, Weltevrede Wine Estate. Today was the day I got to ride a zebra, and boy, was I ready for…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Zandvliet Wine Estate

As we wound down the hill from Mont Blois, we buckled up for a short drive to Zandvliet Wine Estate, located on the outskirts of Ashton – the second stop on our first day in the gorgeous Langeberg Valley. It is here that I finally got a taste of my own wine. Literally. Introduction Zandvliet…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Mont Blois Wine Estate

Tucked up on a hill, surrounded by acres of vines and orchards, you’ll find the breathtaking boutique wine estate of Mont Blois. This was the first stop on our #MagicOfWinter visit to the Langeberg Valley, and a whimsical start to this enchanting journey. Introduction As the Cape Town skyline faded away in our rear-view mirrors,…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: an introduction

A couple of hundred kilometers, six wine farms, two beds, multiple cheese platters, endless laughs, six very content media peeps and one car laden with wine later,  I can honestly say I experienced the #MagicOfWinter in the Langeberg Valley in its fullest, most whimsical glory. How it all came together A couple of months ago,…

{recipe box} Cooking with Kibali and ManCrave

During winter, in-between hibernating sessions, I love to spend precious time in the kitchen cooking and creating wholesome, heart-warming food to nourish my wintery soul. Windfall Wine, together with ManCrave, recently gave me a reason to get out from under my blankets and head to the kitchen with a beautiful recipe box and a bottle…

{news} Vriesenhof Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Some of the world’s finest wines are blends made from different grape varieties, as this allows the winemaker the opportunity to make a wine that brings the best elements of each together in one bottle, such as Vriesenhof’s GSM. The ‘GSM’ blend, made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (GSM), is a classic from the Côtes…