{wine} Come play with Vriesenhof’s unwooded Chardonnay!

You’re part of the ABC club or you’re not. Oh, and that’s the “Anything but Chardonnay” movement, if you didn’t know. I was TODAY years old when I learnt about the ABC club, by the way. Luckily for Vriesenhof Vineyards, though, I’m a die-hard fan of Chardonnay and theirs is particularly poetic. Introduction I want…

{news} Glenelly unveils 2013 vintages

Glenelly, the Stellenbosch wine estate with a French touch, located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, have released the 2013 vintages of their flagship Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon and their Estate Reserve Signature Red Blend. “We are very excited about our 2013 releases. After the 2012 vintage which was very hot, delivering big robust…

{wine} Along the path of tradition with Constitution Road wines

Quality is tangible. It’s something you can see; something you can feel; something you can taste; something you can hold. Quality is something that is very much at the forefront with the introduction of the new vintage Chardonnay 2016 and Shiraz 2015 of Robertson Winery’s flagship range, Constitution Road. Introduction Continuing a proud tradition, the…

{wine} Borne from passion, crafted in strength: Strydom Wines

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if wine flows in your veins, then there is only one way to go – into the vines! Strydom Wines is the result of Rianie Strydom’s lifelong commitment to and passion for the local wine industry – and we got to taste two of her wines! Introduction…

{event} A night of stories with Windfall Wines at Lapo’s Kitchen

How much do you know about  the wine you drink or the chef who plated your food? Do you know where your wine comes from, or what inspires the chef? Social dining experiences are growing in popularity at the moment. I recently joined Windfall Wine and Lapo’s Kitchen for a stellar night of food, drink and…

{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…

{wine} Self-care with Robertson’s Pink Sparkling Brut Rosé

These days there is (thank goodness) a massive movement towards #selfcare and #selflove. This doesn’t always mean large, elaborate or expensive treatments or indulgences, but rather doing small things daily that soothe your soul. My latest #selfcare regime includes Robertson Winery’s latest bubbling edition to their range, a Sparkling Brut Rosé Wine. Because a “girl’s…

{wine} Groote Post’s Seasalter: summer in a bottle

In the same way red wine, fluffy fleece blankets and hearty minestrone soup nostalgically remind me of cold winter’s days, so does the smell of sunscreen, the salty sea breeze and the taste of an ice-cold glass of white wine remind me of endless summer’s days. Now you can have sunshine and summer all year…

{wine} Leopard’s Leap Very Berry Merrytinis

We are well on our way through March already, and I’m still stuck on luxurious December holidays and reminiscing about Christmas lunch. I’m sitting at my desk daydreaming about sun-downers and socials. But who says it has to be Christmas to have a merry celebration? Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has given me a reason to…

{experience} Pesto & play at Neil Ellis

Chocolate and wine, cupcakes and wine, cheese and wine, nougat and wine, biltong and wine, even pizza and wine. We’ve heard it all and tasted it all. So…to blow it all out of the water, this past summer Neil Ellis Wines introduced a brand new kid to the food and wine pairing block: pesto and…

{wine} Brisket and Alto Rouge 2016

There are certain classic duos in this world. Where one can’t be considered or imagined without the other. Think Laurel and Hardy, Romeo and Juliet, champagne and strawberries, gin and tonic, bread and butter, cookies and milk, braaivleis and potato salad, ice cream and chocolate sauce, cheese and tomato. Wednesday nights and Steers burgers. Movies…

{wine} Groote Post’s Salt of the Earth 2015

Every once in a while, if the universe smiles down on you favourably, you’ll cross paths with a wine that simply blows your taste-buds right out of their comfort zone. As the cork pops from the neck of the bottle and you get that first smell of something special, you know your life will never…