{experience} A citrussy summer with Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit Tonic

This summer season, Fitch & Leedes is bringing the spirit of African sunsets to your gin glass with the release of their brand-new gorgeously coral-hued premium mixer, Grapefruit Tonic! Spoiler alert: it’s simply delicious, best served chilled with a generous side of Cape Town summer vibes! Introduction A few months ago, I received a “Save…

{news} ‘Tis (almost) the season: give Richland Rum this Christmas

What’s Christmas without rum? Forget the punch or rum in the pudding, those in the know will be lifting a glass of aged, single barrel, sipping rum. Richland Rum, rated by Forbes as America’s best rum, is the ideal Christmas gift for someone who loves quality aged rum, or whisky drinkers keen to try something…

{news} It’s Summer in Italy: Da Luca Prosecco

Winter has arrived but that doesn’t mean celebrations cease. Birthdays, weddings, events and weekends are perennial occasions and Prosecco is a synonym for a celebration of any kind, even the more subtle ones. Prosecco’s unpretentious elegance lends it to easy drinking, where life’s myriad of wonderful moments can be met with fine bubbles and commemorated…

{gin} Top ten gins in my cupboard for World Gin Day!

And so our favourite day of the year has finally arrived: World Gin Day. Today, I’ll celebrate this juniper-infused tipple until the sun goes down (and long after!) – because we all know how childishly happy a pretty G&T makes me! I’ve rounded up my five most favourite South African craft gins from my cupboard…

{cider} Three cheers for Three Spades Cider!

When I lived abroad, I fully submerged myself in the sub-culture of craft cider. Cloudy or clear, sparkling or still, fruity or floral – in Europe you can find a cider for every whim and taste.  In South Africa, though, cider is synonymous with one or two commercial brands we grew up with. Can you…

{beer} The art of L7 craft beer

I know I very often only write about wine and gin, in that order. But, believe it or not, I’m a very avid craft beer drinker! Yes, I have many hidden talents, and appreciating a good beer is one of them! Introducing L7 craft beer. What a pleasure it has been to do this review…

{event} Richland Rum launches in SA

When you play the association game with the word “rum,” these unions spring to mind for me: Captain Morgan, Bacardi, dark and moody, coconut, student days, 2-for-1 specials, Malibu, Piña Colada. Now, take all of those associations and throw it out the window with your millennial mindset and make way for Richland Rum to enter…

{news} Chateau Del Rei debuts at Cheese Festival 19

Discover new Chateau Del Rei sparkling wine in a can and turn the 18th annual South African Cheese Festival at Sandringham Estate near Stellenbosch into an instant celebration over the weekend of 26 – 28 April 2019.  Fruity, vibrant and delicately sweet, Chateau Del Rei is a truly indulgent combination with soft cheeses such as Brie,…

{product} Boozy eggs for adults with Sugarbird Gin

When I love a brand, I love the living daylights out of it. Sugarbird Fynbos Gin is one of those brands I’m loving hard and completely for the longest time. But, as we all know, love is reciprocal. So in the spirit of mutual love, Sugarbird Gin has released an egg-box of adult boozy treats…just…

{eat} A true hidden gem in Constantia: Phantom at Purple Rayn

We are quick to say we’ve found “a hidden gem” when we come across an experience we’ve enjoyed and that might not be known to many people. Today I believe, fully and completely, that I’ve found the Cape’s best hidden gem. Situated like the sparkling crown jewel in the Queen’s tiara in the green belt…

{eat} My latest OBZsession: OBZ Café

When you ask a young(ish) Capetownian about Observatory, (or Obs, as it’s fondly called) most will recollect a handful of great memories that involves some watering hole in Lower Main Road. I’d like to think Obs is now a bit more grown up and caters for students and tourists alike. And with the gradual re-shift…

{news} Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world, have a fine selection of limited edition exquisitely showcased Champagnes for the festive season. NICOLAS FEUILLATTE RÉSERVE EXCLUSIVE BRUT – IN BRAND NEW PACKAGING This Champagne is a blend of 20% Chardonnay for elegance and finesse,…