{news} Elgin wine producers join forces to rescue restaurants

An independent initiative spearheaded by Alex Dale of Radford Dale, The Restaurant Rescue Project (#RestaurantRescueProject) was brought to life to preserve and save the restaurant industry of Cape Town, which has been crippled by the pandemic in recent months. The Restaurant Rescue Project A number of wine producers have joined forces with this amazing project,…

{wine} Cool air and high vines: Elgin Vintners’ 2019 Chardonnay

With a particular love for Chardonnay, I’m always seeking to taste different interpretations of this grape. Unsurprisingly, I left behind a little of my heart in an empty bottle of Elgin Vintners‘ 2019 Chardonnay. Introduction As I steadily venture further into the world of wine and submerge my senses in different terroirs, I’ve set my…

{recipe} Middelvlei Rooster Merlot 2019 meets meaty beef bourguignon

Some food and wine pairings are classic, timeless couples. Like this rich and warming beef bourguignon and Middelvlei Wine‘s Rooster Merlot 2019. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply the knowledge passed down to them through three generations of winemaking to produce wine of exceptional quality and reputation. As a family vineyard, the Mombergs ensure…

{product} Build-a-burger with Naked Leaf vegan patties

I’m always consciously looking for ways to work meat-free meals into our daily lives. With a pack of Naked Leaf vegan patties in your freezer, dinner has never been so delicious, quick, healthy or easy! Introduction The Naked Leaf range was developed because power duo, Cathy and Lance, believe that plant-based meals should not pretend…

{product} Reinventing the mixed drink with Double Dutch premium mixers

With a healthy stock of Double Dutch premium mixers in my cupboard, I can create beautiful mixed drinks in an instant.  Channeling your inner mixologist in the comfort of your own home, these mixers are a must for any occasion or season. Introduction Double Dutch produces great tasting, natural mixers for a new generation of…

{experience} Braai and boeretroos: the magic of Middelvlei

For the first time in more than four months, I allowed myself to break out of these four walls for a boerebraai at Middelvlei Wines. The experience was simply magical. Introduction Tim and I haven’t had a meal outside The Little House since the start of lock-down in March all those years ago (at least,…

{wine} Middelvlei Rooster Rosé 2019 meets baked guava pudding

Ah, the humble baked pudding. Filled with guavas and coconut, turn this simple warm dessert into a fine dining experience with the addition of a bottle of Middelvlei Wine‘s Rooster Rosé 2019. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply the knowledge passed down to them through three generations of winemaking to produce wine of exceptional…

{wine} The simplicity of Sauvignon Blanc: La Motte

Lock-down has reminded me of the enjoyment found in the simplest of things. An icy bottle of La Motte Sauvignon Blanc and quesadillas, for example. No frills, no fuss; just pure enjoyment. Introduction We tend to think that food and wine pairings have to be extravagant, over the top or even surprising. For me, the…

{recipe} Middelvlei Rooster Sauvignon Blanc meets herby chicken pilaf

I’ve been spending a lot of my free time during lock-down in The Little Kitchen, trying out recipes I’ve been saving in my dog-eared flip-file for one day. Middelvlei Wines gave me the perfect canvas against which to create and cook with their stunning range of Rooster wines. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply…