{wine} A seasonal interlude: the song of Welgegund Providence 2015

To say I’m obsessed with this time of the year is putting it quite mildly. There’s just something about the turning of the seasons, the interlude between winter and spring, that really feeds my soul. Whilst we slowly wake after our winter slumber and turn our faces to the brightness of the pending summer, I’ll…

{eat} A generous helping of heritage at Hamm & Uys

My childhood memories all begin and end with food. Hamm & Uys rekindles that child-like excitement for your mom’s cooking with a Sunday lunch spread that will fill you with a tinge of nostalgia, a dash of sentimentality and a generous sprinkle of wonder. Introduction I recently received an invitation to dine at Hamm &…

{wine} A sensory journey with Lourensford’s The Dome Ethel

As soon as I opened the box, I was transported on a sensory adventure. With a name like The Dome Ethel and a label that simply takes your breath away, this wine invites you to linger a bit longer, and to peek at what it holds. Lourensford Wine Estate added a new vintage to the…

{recipe box} Heritage Day with Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017

With September in full swing and filled with Heritage Day celebrations, I am super excited to share this chicken chakalaka experience with you. Paired with the gorgeous bottle of Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017, it doesn’t get more proudly South African than this! Introduction We all know how I feel about recipe boxes. They make me…

{wine} Balance conservation and lifestyle with Hank the elephant

Endangered animal conservation lies close to my heart. So when our favourite unicycle riding elephant, Hank from Balance Wines, speaks up to raise awareness on the plight of desert elephants, that’s when we make our ears big like Dumbo’s! Introduction I recently received a duo of Balance wines from their Classic range to review. Balance…

{recipe box} Creating magic with Vondeling’s Monsonia 2016

I appreciate all types of food, but I have a certain nostalgic connection to good, wholesome home cooking. I was grateful for an opportunity to take some time from my busy day and create a heart-warming meal with Vondeling Wines and their award-winning Monsonia 2016. Introduction I recently received a recipe box on my desk…

{wine} Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

That chubby golden hippo always manages to put a smile on my face. This time around, I was happier than a happy hippo when a bottle of FAT bastard‘s Chardonnay 2018 landed in my lap. Because living large is exactly what I like to do! Background The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting…

{wine} The tale of Journey’s End Vineyards

As I slowly pulled four bottles of Journey’s End Vineyards wine from their respective carriers, my heart skipped four slow beats. I instantly knew I was about to embark on not only a journey of the senses, but also on a great story-telling adventure. Background Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir…

{wine} Whet your winter appetite with Vriesenhof’s GSM 2017

Ah. A toasty red blend on a cold winter’s eve alongside a bowl of hearty soup. There are not many pleasures in this world that can surpass the warmth and love of a good red blend when your soul needs a bit of cuddling. Vriesenhof Vineyards is right on the mark once again with their…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Weltevrede Wine Estate

As we left the comfy confines of the Kalkveld Lounge, fed and watered, we excitedly boarded the Wine Valley Safari truck, which would take us on a scenic detour to our next stop of the day, Weltevrede Wine Estate. Today was the day I got to ride a zebra, and boy, was I ready for…

{wine} Come play with Vriesenhof’s unwooded Chardonnay!

You’re part of the ABC club or you’re not. Oh, and that’s the “Anything but Chardonnay” movement, if you didn’t know. I was TODAY years old when I learnt about the ABC club, by the way. Luckily for Vriesenhof Vineyards, though, I’m a die-hard fan of Chardonnay and theirs is particularly poetic. Introduction I want…

{wine} Along the path of tradition with Constitution Road wines

Quality is tangible. It’s something you can see; something you can feel; something you can taste; something you can hold. Quality is something that is very much at the forefront with the introduction of the new vintage Chardonnay 2016 and Shiraz 2015 of Robertson Winery’s flagship range, Constitution Road. Introduction Continuing a proud tradition, the…