{eat} For the love of food and wine: an afternoon at Allée Bleue

There’s no better way to celebrate the month of love than a wine tasting and picnic lunch on an iconic Franschhoek wine estate. Let Allée Bleue suitably seduce you this February with their their treats for two! Introduction Having recently spent a leisurely Sunday in Franschhoek (read my blog on our brunch at Haute Cabrière…

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

Like a good book, I’m eagerly turning the page to lose myself in the next chapter of Journey’s End Vineyards‘ wine stories. This specific tale is one about the newly released “V Series”. Introduction I was first introduced to Journey’s End Vineyards‘ wine portfolio through a gifted set of their “Tales Series” wines, which includes…

{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…

{eat} From dash to dawdle: slow down to fine dine at Dash Restaurant

Our usual mid-week Wednesday evening was transformed into a mini-breakaway for the soul with a romantic dinner for two at Dash Restaurant, snuggled away in the tranquil arms of the Queen Victoria Hotel. Introduction This time of the year we all run on empty. We try and pace ourselves and our energy until mid-December, when…

{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…

{wine} My sultry summer companion: De Krans Moscato

Mos-katto. Mos-kaahtou. Mous-katoe. As I fumbled my way over the name of this unfamiliar (to me) wine style, I was at least sure of one thing. De Krans Wines seems to have bottled my anthems for summer, and they were perfectly intended for sunny holidays! Introduction I enthusiastically typed “moscato” into Google, unable to quite…

{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…