Wine & Spirits

Aaah! Everyone’s favourite reviews. I’m not here to tell you to smell the caramelised peach undertones with whiffs of Madagascan vanilla on the nose and sweet tobacco on the palate. Nope. I’m no wine or spirits connoisseur; merely an aficionado at most. So I’ll tell you if it’s a good wine and what food to pair it with. I’ll tell you how to make some killer cocktails with beautiful spirits, or even dabble in a bit of alcohol recipe development.

So if you’re here for elaborate tasting notes, not going to happen. If you’re here to find a decent bottle of wine for a family get-together or a stunning wine for a romantic meal for two, read further.

If you’re here for reviews of super expensive spirits that no-one on a budget can afford, you’re not going to find it. If you’re here to look for inspiration to impress at your next party with pretty cocktails made with super quality spirits, then you’ll love this page. Just saying.


A seasonal interlude: the song of Weltevrede Providence 2015

A sensory journey with Lourensford’s The Dome Ethel

Balance conservation and lifestyle with Hank the elephant

Creating magic with Vondeling’s Monsonia 2016

Drink a glass, save a rhino: Van Loveren’s Rhino Run wines

Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

The tale of Journey’s End Vineyards

Whet your winter appetite with Vriesenhof’s GSM 2017

Boxed in for all the right reasons: Ben Wren Wine

Come play with Vriesenhof’s unwooded Chardonnay!

Along the path of tradition with Constitution Road wines

Borne from passion, crafted in strength: Strydom Wines

A (non) question of compromise: Groot Phesantekraal wines

Self-care with Robertson’s Pink Sparkling Brut Rosé

Groote Post’s Seasalter: summer in a bottle

Leopard’s Leap Very Berry Merrytinis (Chenin Blanc 2018)

Alto Rouge 2016, with a recipe for beef brisket and red wine marinade

Groote Post: Salt of the Earth 2015

La Motte Millennium 2016

Welgegund Heritage Wines: Chenin Blanc 2017 and Providence 2015

Groot Phesantekraal Wines: Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon

Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc Wines

International Chardonnay Day: Groote Post, Glenelly Estate and Neil Ellis wines

FAT bastard Pinot Noir Rosé

Father’s Day 2018: Top three wine gifts: FAT bastard and Groote Post wines


The Great White – Cape Town rum with a bite!

Brooklyn Gin arrives on South African shores

Richland Rum launches in SA

Sugarbird Gin Easter Eggs

Merriment & Co: Sierra Tequila (Silver & Reposado)

Merriment & Co: The Dubliner Whiskey Caramel (truffle recipe)

Launch of the Cape Town Gin Route – tasting notes on gin distilleries


The art of L7 craft beer


Three cheers for Three Spades Cider!


The Gin Box: Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness