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.

Non-alcoholic beverages

Drinking consciously with John Ross

Brunch with Robertson Winery’s non-alcoholic bubbles


De Krans Wines delights with a basket press Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Single is sometimes better: Four Cousins’ Single Varietal Collection

Kunjani Wines’ Stolen Chicken Rosé 2020: the best thing about this year

Muratie’s wines are a lifestyle: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz

Excelsior’s Reserve Range: about horses, seasons and courage

Celebrating Chardonnay with Vondeling Wines’ Barrel Selection 2019

Van Loveren’s Chardonnays: proud ambassadors of the Robertson Valley

Van Loveren’s Retief Reserve 2018: an ode to winter and wine-making

De Blaauwe Klip 2017: a bottle that celebrates its roots

Celebrating Pinot Noir day with Elgin Ridge Wines’ CRUNCH!

Once, twice with FAT bastard’s Chardonnay: 2019 vintage

Robertson Winery’s single serve wines in a can

Cool air and high vines: Elgin Vintners’ 2018 Chardonnay

About heritage and heroes: Nederburg’s The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018

Middelvlei Rooster Merlot 2019 meets meaty beef bourguignon

Middelvlei Rooster Rosé 2019 meets baked guava pudding

Middelvlei’s Rooster Shiraz 2019 meets deconstructed nachos feast

The simplicity of Sauvignon Blanc: La Motte 2019

Middelvlei’s Rooster Sauvignon Blanc meets herby chicken pilaf

Draw inspiration from Flagstone Wines’ Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018

Flagstone Treaty Tree Wines: bottles tangled in stories

Add these Flagstone Wines to your post-lockdown shopping list: Longitude and Free Run

Flagstone Wines’ Word of Mouth Viognier 2018 – have you heard

Elgin Ridge wines: a virtual explore of the Valley through my glass

The charm of Carménère: A Rosé for South Africa

Kunjani, summer! About a Chenin Blanc and a chicken

Finding love in the everyday: Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé

Celebrating the craft of Krone Méthode Cap Classique

The next chapter of Journey’s End wines: the “V Series”

Ben Wren Wine Co – because everybody CAN!

A refreshing take on an old classic: Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay 2019

The scents of summer with Cathedral Cellar and Chef Mynhardt Joubert

Soak up the sun with FAT bastard’s Chenin Blanc 2018

My favourite favourite: Groot Phesantekraal wines

Recipe books and Robertson Winery: a match made in the kitchen

The appeal of Pinot Noir: Lourensford the Dome

My sultry summer companion: De Krans Moscato

A legacy in a bottle: Van Loveren’s Perlé de Jean

A new dawn breaks with Skyline Late Harvest

Through rosé-tinted glasses: Weltevrede’s Turkish Delight

An ode to wine: Flagstone Poetry Chenin Blanc and Pinotage 2019

Sparkle every day with Anthonij Rupert Wines’ L’Ormarins MCC

Feast this summer with Fiver Frizzanté

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


OPIHR Gin: be inspired by the spices of the Orient

Cruxland Gin: turning every day into an adventure

Conserving a classic: Wixworth Gin saves rhinos

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