{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…

{eat} Rediscovering the art of eating: Foxcroft’s lunch tasting menu

A joyous afternoon spent under the dappled shade of the plane trees that frame the home of Foxcroft Restaurant in Constantia left me with a few too little adjectives. I finally found a place where food comes first, and where I could devote all my attention to the simple pleasure of eating. Introduction We all…

{news} Nederburg Black Friday: Your chance to #sipnsave

Make your way to Nederburg in Paarl on Black Friday (and Saturday) to stock up on some of the winery’s choicest selections. Versatility is the name of the game, with offers on current and older vintages like you’ve never seen before. Nederburg Black Friday takes place on 29 and 30 November. “This is a rare…