{wine} The appeal of Pinot Noir: Lourensford the Dome

Every time I lift a bottle of Lourensford Estate wine from its box, my breath catches a little. Maybe it’s the exquisite artwork on the label, maybe the heavy smoothness of the glass as I cradle it in my hands. Maybe it’s just knowing that I’m holding something pretty spectacular. Introduction Growing up, Lourensford has…

{wine} My sultry summer companion: De Krans Moscato

Mos-katto. Mos-kaahtou. Mous-katoe. As I fumbled my way over the name of this unfamiliar (to me) wine style, I was at least sure of one thing. De Krans Wines seems to have bottled my anthems for summer, and they were perfectly intended for sunny holidays! Introduction I enthusiastically typed “moscato” into Google, unable to quite…

{wine tasting} Sip slowly this summer at Skilpadvlei

I have driven past so many times, and every time the quaint name of this winery has brought a smile to my face. I decided to make like a tortoise and slow down at Skilpadvlei for a wine tasting or two. Introduction I adore the fact that a wine tasting gives you a quick and…

{eat} Rediscovering the art of eating: Foxcroft’s lunch tasting menu

A joyous afternoon spent under the dappled shade of the plane trees that frame the home of Foxcroft Restaurant in Constantia left me with a few too little adjectives. I finally found a place where food comes first, and where I could devote all my attention to the simple pleasure of eating. Introduction We all…

{news} La Colombe announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant

In front of over 700 of the country’s shining culinary talents, La Colombe was announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at a glittering event at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino. Stepping up to collect the award on behalf of his team, Executive Chef James Gaag says, “This…

{wine} A legacy in a bottle: Van Loveren’s Perlé de Jean

Be the centre of Insta-attention this summer when you whip out a couple of bottles of Van Loveren Family Vineyard’s gorgeous Perlé de Jean to heat up your pool party. She’s vibrant, she’s just a little bit sparkly, and a whole lot of heart! Introduction They say that beauty is in the eye of the…

{news} Groot Phesantekraal’s delectable Spring menu offers

Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, peacefully tucked away within the Tygerberg Hills on the outskirts of Durbanville, a rural gem awaits you, where the rich heritage, dating back to 1698, is woven into the very fabric of the estate. This is Groot Phesantekraal. Once a reposing farm with rolling wheatlands, vineyards, grazing cows and…

{eat} Enter the fine-dining house of magic: Homespun by Matt

In a world that demands so much of our energy, life often simply lacks a sprinkle of magic.  Something to engage the senses and make you believe in the pure whimsy of the world again. We recently spent an evening in the magic-house that is Homespun by Matt. Here, the only boundaries are those of…

{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….

{wine} Sparkle every day with Anthonij Rupert Wyne: L’Ormarins MCC

There’s something romantically celebratory captured in every bottle of Anthonij Rupert Wyne MCC. When life calls for the honouring of an occasion, I’ll always reach for that extra special bottle of Cap Classique to add a certain sparkle to the affair. Introduction Despite being associated almost exclusively with celebrations, I feel there is a place…

{wine} A seasonal interlude: the song of Welgegund Providence 2015

To say I’m obsessed with this time of the year is putting it quite mildly. There’s just something about the turning of the seasons, the interlude between winter and spring, that really feeds my soul. Whilst we slowly wake after our winter slumber and turn our faces to the brightness of the pending summer, I’ll…