{news} Durbanville Valley celebrates Spring with collab of fine food and wine

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work – The Rite of Spring – now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in…

{experience} Celebrating Shiraz with Simon’s at Groot Constantia

In preparation for National Shiraz Day on 21 August 2021, my eternal love affair with Shiraz recently culminated in a sensational sipping experience at Simon’s Restaurant, tucked into the leafy embrace of Groot Constantia. Introduction One might say it was a celebration too early, but such a deep and complex wine varietal like Shiraz should…

{news} Re-discover the quintessential pairing at Stellenbosch Hills

Warm up the cockles of your heart this winter, when Stellenbosch Hills re-introduces tasting room visitors to the world’s quintessential pairing of wine with cheese. The winery, located in the heartland of South Africa’s most famous wine region, has made a speciality of pairing experiences. These include such innovations as wine with biltong and even…

{sparkling} A West Coast Cap Classique: Groote Post introduces Brut

The opening of a bottle of Cap Classique is always a moment filled with anticipation. The much awaited addition of the Groote Post Vineyards‘ Brut to their impressive line-up was surely a cause for celebration in The Little House. Introduction A bottle of bubbles deserves a loud celebration as the cork explodes into the sky….

{wine} Certainly no buzzkill – Robertson Winery’s non-alcoholic dry sparkling pink

There’s something very special about celebrating an occasion with a bottle of bubbles. Make your every day indulgence guilt-free this festive season with Robertson Winery‘s non-alcoholic dry sparkling pink. Introduction At the start of November, I quietly celebrated a lock-down version of my birthday. Choosing the tranquil reprieve of McGregor, I only invited along a…

{wine} Stellenbosch Hills celebrates 75 years with four wondrous whites

I love any reason to celebrate; in fact, I try to do it every day! Something worth shouting hip-hip-hooray about, is the release of four new wondrous whites by Stellenbosch Hills to recognise 75 years of hard work, excellence and quality. Introduction I do a little internal happy dance every time I get to experience…

{wine} Good things take time; dining with a trio of Delheim Wines

In a world where instant gratification is seemingly the norm, we often overlook the need to wait for good things to happen. A trio of Delheim Wines bottles recently reminded me of the importance of waiting patiently, rather than focusing on the immediate want. Introduction It’s not often that I really sit down and think…

{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} Chenin Blanc: from workhorse to glamour grape

With #DrinkChenin day around the corner, on 20 June, the winemaking team at Nederburg in Paarl has shared some useful information about this supremely versatile grape, South Africa’s most planted wine grape variety. Here are some interesting facts: Chenin blanc has been the most popular choice of grape for South African brandy producers for much…