{wine} PROE – the perfect way to experience Diemersfontein Wines

Little morsels and bite-sized treats. That is my favourite way of eating. Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate has embraced and renewed the deli-concept wholeheartedly with the recent opening of PROE, an indulgent smorgasbord of local produce. Introduction I tire easily from eating a lot of the same thing. I crave texture, variety, different flavours and…

{recipe} Pineapple upside down cake and Skyline Late Harvest

Skyline Late Harvest will be adding a bit of tropical sunshine to my summer this year. Served icy cold, as a spritzer or simply as a sundowner, Skyline is the golden lining around the cloud of 2020. Introduction Blessed with a palate that embraces most wine varietals, there is a place for every wine style…

{product review} ReadyChef: the delicious convenience of a chef at the ready

Lockdown left us with cravings for our favourite restaurants, our comfort food staples and very little inspiration in the kitchen. Not only does ReadyChef bring best-loved dishes to your dinner table, but it also supports the re-build of the hospitality industry. Introduction I used to dine out two to three times a week. Even though…

{wine} The craft of coffee and wine: Barista Wine’s Pinotage 2020

A devoted oenophile at my core, I enjoy all wines equally, for what they are. But, I do hold a special place for South Africa’s signature Pinotage in my indulgent heart. I recently sat down and had a virtual coffee with a bottle of Barista Wine Pinotage 2020, a celebration of the diversity and deep…

{wine} Picnic with Piekenierskloof’s Six Hats De-Alcoholised wines

Contrary to popular belief, I simply love the taste of wine, with or without the alcohol. With a seductive duo of Piekenierskloof Wines‘ Six Hats de-alcoholised wines chilling in my fridge this summer, I can delight in ample glasses without the worry, but with all the flavour. Introduction I used to be a serious sceptic…

{wine} De Krans’ Moscato: a festive tribute to the muscadel grape

As the mornings draw lighter, so does my taste for wine. With just a little bit of a sparkle, De Krans Wines‘ range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic Premium Moscato Perlé wines make for a great, refreshing summer sipper, especially when paired with great company. This year has been a tough one, and I’ll be taking…

{recipe} Summery pea pesto with New Life Microgreens

Nutritionally dense, adding a handful of New Life Microgreens to this easy-peasy pea pesto recipe can kick your immune system into overdrive! Green, fresh and full of flavour, you’ll never reach for boring pesto again! Introduction Does the sound of making your own pesto sound like a three-day affair? I also thought so, until I…

{news} TOKARA trounces challenging year with olive oil bounty

Undeterred by the untold challenges of a year besieged by Covid-19, TOKARA, the family owned Stellenbosch wine and olive estate, has prevailed with a phenomenal 2020 olive oil vintage. The thriving olive groves on the rolling foothills of the Simonsberg surpassed previous harvests both in terms of quality and quantity this year.  Acclaimed for its…