{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…

{news} Celebrating Franschhoek Bastille Festival In Style

We hope that you’ve enjoyed your virtual journey through Franschhoek thus far. With each day’s reveal we’ve let you in on how Franschhoek is seen through the eyes of locals. Let’s not forget about the amazing daily reveals of exceptional offers, which are revealed daily and available for the whole of July. Although new offers…

{news} Are you ready to bid for your bespoke Franschhoek culinary experience?

An idea created by passionate individuals and chefs in an effort to support struggling restaurants as well as the Isabelo Charity, Franschhoek Culinaire is a group of chefs who are bringing dining and wining to your door. A fun concept, which involves simply bidding on your favourite chef combination and be entertained, at a venue of your…

{news} Franschhoek Bastille Festival: Are you ready for something new?

In case the grapevine news hasn’t reached you, here’s what you missed. Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is still on the cards, but instead of the traditional format, the festival will be coming to you. A first-of-its-kind for Franschhoek, the organisers have called on the support of its members to showcase the valley through the lens of…

{recipe box} Leopard’s Leap: old flames and a new vintage Chenin Blanc

With a chilled bottle of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards’ Chenin Blanc 2019 hanging out in your fridge, you’re always ready to rumba and ignite some flames with sexy, sizzling sun downers, no matter the circumstances. Introduction There’s just something synonymous about cocktails and summertime. Pretty, fruity drinks in tall glasses, coupled with a stunning sunset…

{eat} For the love of food and wine: an afternoon at Allée Bleue

There’s no better way to celebrate the month of love than a wine tasting and picnic lunch on an iconic Franschhoek wine estate. Let Allée Bleue suitably seduce you this February with their their treats for two! Introduction Having recently spent a leisurely Sunday in Franschhoek (read my blog on our brunch at Haute Cabrière…

{eat} Functional art and world-class fare at Haute Cabrière

How can a day be anything but simply splendid if it starts with breakfast at Haute Cabrière? Served with generous sides of stunning views, lashings of hospitality, and flutes of beautiful bubbles, I couldn’t help but tuck right in. Introduction Having undergone extensive renovations recently, I was delighted when The Tall Hedonist and I were…

{news} Grande Provence’s new heritage tasting menu

Grande Provence, the landmark 1694 Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has gone back to its culinary roots with a new Heritage Tasting Menu. Prepared by Marvin Robyn, the passionate young head chef who is bringing new energy to The Restaurant at Grande Provence, the Heritage Tasting Menu is available exclusively to dinner guests. The menu…