{eat} Surpassing every expectation: gourmet sushi at GlenWood Vineyards

There’s something so wholesome and intrinsically uplifting about having your expectations surpassed. From the moment I drove through the little stone gate of GlenWood Vineyards, every view, every glass, every bite was better than I could ever have imagined. Introduction I would like to think that, after dedicating every spare minute of my free time…

{wine} Fish on Friday: Diemersdal’s Sauvignon Blanc 2021

With Durbanville at the opposite side from where I’m swinging my feet in the False Bay waters, I’m always grateful when a bottle from this wine valley lands on my doorstep. I was particularly delighted with the cross-country trek of a bottle of Diemersdal Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021, the first to launch in South Africa….

{wine} Last of the summer wine: Bouchard Finlayson’s most beloved sippers

The seasonality of Bouchard Finlayson‘s range of white wines will undoubtedly carry the carefree remnants of summer through into autumn, and well into the warm fireplace evenings of winter. Introduction The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley lies like an unexplored vineyard of dreams in front of me. Only recently starting to venture into the cooler climate Elgin wines,…

{news} Coffee in The Mother City: a look at Cape Town’s coffee culture

The South African coffee industry has experienced a resurgence in recent years as its coffee culture continues to grow and the demand for quality coffee rises. Cape Town is seen as one of the world’s coffee capitals, evident by the many trendy coffee shops and venues in the city. In fact, the city’s coffee culture…

{eat} Silver linings and celebrations at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82

A recent visit to Steenberg‘s Bistro Sixteen82 reminded me of the inevitability of the changing seasons and how we should embrace a daily practice of gratitude, whilst always seeking for the silver lining. Introduction With the 2021 harvest cloaked in bittersweet tradition this year after the relentless alcohol bans our wine industry faced in 2020,…

{news} Don’t Miss Muratie’s Summer Wine Down on 27th March 2021

You won’t want to miss Muratie’s exciting new event coming up on the 27th of March – it’s their Summer Wine Down, an alfresco ‘celebration of all things wine’. So, join the Melck family, under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, for an intimate family event featuring good food, fine wine, great…

{bubbles} How to make my eyes sparkle: L’Ormarins Cap Classique

The best type of food and wine pairing, is the one you enjoy the most. So please excuse me whilst I indulge in my favourite L’Ormarins bubbly and chocolate brownies… Introduction There’s something so magical about a beautifully poured glass of Cap Classique – the way the bubbles continuously loop to the surface, only to…

{wine} A partnership for the planet: Hardy’s Nottage Hill flat wine bottles

When two international wine companies come together to commit to sustainability in the wine industry, I’m right there to cheers a glass of Hardy’s Wines to their efforts, because these wines fit my pocket, and our planet! Introduction Towards the end of last year I received a suspiciously flat, rectangular box. I didn’t remember ordering…

{wine} An exceptional year: Welgegund Heritage Wines’ 2019 vintages

Welgegund Heritage Wines celebrated their incredible awards and accolades with a whole new, spectacular set of outfits for their 2019 vintages. All I had to do, was set the table, dish up and enjoy the trio’s glorious company. Introduction Welgegund have pulled out all the stops with their creative and distinctive new wine packaging, which…