{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} Sipping pretty with De Krans Wines’ Pinotage Rosé 2020

Rosé might be my favourite wine type. Delicate, romantic and softly floral, it makes me long for summer days and sunset laughs. I felt a strong affinity to De Krans Wines‘ Pinotage Rosé 2020, as it wrapped my heart in red fruits and candy. Introduction Like with Chardonnay, most people have strong polar feelings about…

{wine} Draw inspiration from Flagstone Wines’ Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018

Flagstone Wines simply lets the creativity flow and awakens the wordsmiths within us with their Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018. Introduction As with any of Flagstone’s wines, I was endlessly fascinated by the ink-splattered label, and beautifully apt named bottle. The wordplay intrigued me, as it was clever and innovative. That, and I adore an aromatic…

{wine} An ode to wine: Flagstone Poetry Chenin Blanc and Pinotage 2019

Like great poetry, Flagstone Wines are timeless, honest, romantic and full of passion. It captures the senses and grabs hold of your heartstrings. It’s no wonder that the Flagstone Poetry Pinotage and Chenin Blanc left me without words. Introduction Over the last year or so, I’ve been privileged to experience a range of Flagstone Wines….

{news} Survivor wins top Pinotage at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017, a new addition to this unbridled Swartland wine range, has triumphed as the top Pinotage at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Winning the Trophy and a Gold medal for the Best Pinotage of the competition, the limited edition Survivor wine was one of 54 Pinotages entered this year. “We…

{wine} A (non) question of compromise: Groot Phesantekraal wines

In this world where everything begs for our attention and our hard-earned money, we all have to sometimes compromise to make things work. We give a little here and take a little there to try and reach an equilibrium somehow between soul and pocket. I do that, too. Having said that, some things I’m simply…