{news} Celebrate #GrenacheDay with Muratie’s Mr. May Grenache Noir

It is International Grenache Day on Friday 17th September, so raise a toast to this complex, versatile and intriguing grape with its luscious juicy ripe red fruit flavours, silky tannins, savoury spice and seductive mouthfeel. Grenache also happens to be one of the most adaptable food-pairing wine wines in the world. Click here to read…

{news} Durbanville Valley celebrates Spring with collab of fine food and wine

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work – The Rite of Spring – now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in…

{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter. Introduction With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I…

{experience} Celebrating Shiraz with Simon’s at Groot Constantia

In preparation for National Shiraz Day on 21 August 2021, my eternal love affair with Shiraz recently culminated in a sensational sipping experience at Simon’s Restaurant, tucked into the leafy embrace of Groot Constantia. Introduction One might say it was a celebration too early, but such a deep and complex wine varietal like Shiraz should…

{news} Winter indulgence with Roodeberg and chocolate brownies

Convert your kitchen into a chocolatier’s winter workshop and wow family and friends with smoky chocolate brownies inspired by Roodeberg’s cherished Classic Red Blend with a story in every bottle for over 70 years. Created by Ilse van der Merwe, the well-known food writer and TV personality at www.thefoodfox,com, as the perfect winter indulgence with…

{news} Lovin’ dry Rosé? Choose Nederburg!

Refreshing, crisp and zippy with an invigorating dry taste, Nederburg’s Grenache Carignan Rosé 2020 takes South African blush wines to a new level of sophistication. Just the right choice to celebrate International Rosé Day on 25 June!  No longer burdened with a perceived gender bias, rosé is enjoyed equally by men and women across the…

{sparkling} Timed to perfection: 50 years of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel

I feel quite sheepish to admit that I’ve never tasted Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, the absolute alpha and omega of South African Cap Classique. Having said that, this gap in my internal wine library was recently filled by being invited to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with two sparkling new releases. Introduction My wine career…