{news} Eikendal releases second vintage of rare Mon Désir Chardonnay

Renowned Stellenbosch winery Eikendal has released its limited release Mon Désir Chardonnay 2018 – a classic rendition of the exceptional elegance this varietal can attain. This highly desirable wine is produced only in exceptional years, with the 2018 vintage crafted from grapes from the cool-climate Elgin Valley. “This is a great vintage,” declares Eikendal winemaker Maryke Botha…

{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…

{news} Launch of Barista Black

If the Authorised Biography of James Bond is to be believed, the world’s most celebrated secret agent is 100 years young. His creator may have passed on, and many of the actors who have portrayed him have died, but the idea of the man stands taller than ever. And James has not been idle this…

{spirits} Sugarbird Craft Spirits introduces XO Brandy

Everyone’s favourite Cape Townian distillery, Sugarbird, has taken flight with a new addition to its nest of craft gins. Introducing Sugarbird XO 14 year old pot-still brandy – a pure celebration of our local fynbos and a stunning addition to an already impressive line-up. Introduction As much as I enjoy drinking wine, I’m also an…

{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} Steenberg supports entrepreneurship during Women’s Month

The empowerment of female entrepreneurs and startups is the bedrock of #WomenInspired, the dedicated Women’s Month initiative of Steenberg Farm in the heart of the Constantia Wine Valley. Inspired by a proud legacy of formidable women, the present-day, women-led Steenberg management team is paying it forward in support of The Clothing Bank, an NPO empowering…

{news} Van Loveren’s Rhino Run expands conservation grant to include SANParks

Van Loveren Family Vineyards has sealed an agreement with SANParks that will see every sale of Rhino Run Organic Wine contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s natural heritage. SANParks is the organisation responsible for managing South Africa’s national parks and is now the second beneficiary to benefit from this range. Rhino Run was established…

{news} Winter indulgence with Roodeberg and chocolate brownies

Convert your kitchen into a chocolatier’s winter workshop and wow family and friends with smoky chocolate brownies inspired by Roodeberg’s cherished Classic Red Blend with a story in every bottle for over 70 years. Created by Ilse van der Merwe, the well-known food writer and TV personality at www.thefoodfox,com, as the perfect winter indulgence with…

{accommodation} Nurtured by nature: the sacred spaces of Angala

At times, the chaos of our current reality reverberates noisily against the walls of my innermost sanctuary. Feeling tired and a little bit weary of the world, I recently retreated to the sacred spaces of Angala Boutique Hotel to nurture my mind and body in nature. Introduction Inevitably, the last 16 months of pandemic living…

{news} Franschhoek restaurant recovery initiative aims to help local restaurants

Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal aims to raise enough money to help those affected establishments in the region, who have…