{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…

{news} Welgegund Heritage Wines reflect on a good year

Welgegund Heritage Wines, nestled at the foot of the magnificent Hawequa mountains in Wellington, are reflecting on a good year which saw their wines honoured with impressive ratings in both Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report as well as Platter’s 2020 Wine Guide. Welgegund, meaning “well-bestowed”, is undoubtedly graced with abundant blessings. A hidden…

{news} Steenberg pairs 10 top movies on Netflix with wine

Streaming has become the go-to pastime during the lockdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. To help you browse your way through the never ending lists on your search of ‘what to watch’, Steenberg Vineyards have come up with 10 Netflix movie and wine pairing suggestions to enhance your couch watching experience: To read…

{news} Are you ready for Middelvlei’s Braaibroodjie Challenge?

Although travelling seems impossible at this stage we invite you to transport your imagination to Middelvlei Wines, which is situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands. A small yet dynamic farm, which has been owned and run by the Momberg family since 1919. As you enter the gates leading to the farm you are…

{news} Feast on food and wine pairing dinners at Taj Cape Town

Taj Cape Town, known for its prime location in the epicentre of Cape Town, is also renowned for creating sophisticated culinary experiences for both overnight guests and visitors alike. From March until October 2020, guests can indulge in unique food and wine pairing dinners that are held in the recently renovated Mint Restaurant and Terrace, which spills…

{wine} Kunjani, summer! About a Chenin Blanc and a chicken

As we head into the deepest core of summer, I like my wine to change like the sun: bolder, more intense and filled with sun-ripened juiciness. I recently discovered Kunjani Wines‘ Chenin Blanc 2018, sparking joy for true South African al-fresco summer feasting. Introduction Kunjani Wines has been on my radar for the longest time,…

{wine} Finding love in the everyday: Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé

I consciously try to find something in every day that I love purely, fully and without condition. Zandvliet Wine Estate has recently given me that something that I can love abundantly with the introduction of their new Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé. Introduction Find the good in every day, they say. Because we all know I don’t…

{news} Lozärn Wines: For my valentine, SOUTH AFRICA!

For many Valentine’s Day symbolizes the celebration of love between two people. At Lozärn Wines – we want to extend this love to all things proudly South African and the things that South Africans love! We asked ourselves, what makes us South African? We have 11 beautiful languages to celebrate amongst our different cultures, this…

{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…