{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} Flagstone Treaty Tree Wines: bottles tangled in stories

Over the years, I’ve slowly been working my way through Flagstone Wines‘ expansive range of wines. And yet, every time I pick a new one up, I’m in awe of not only what’s inside the bottle. Also – of the story wrapped around it. Introduction Flagstone Wines has been one of my favourite labels for…

{news} Celebrating International Chardonnay Day with Elgin Ridge’s 282

Whilst our normal is not entirely ‘normal’ let’s embrace the change with a glass of Chardonnay on Thursday, 21 May as we toast International Chardonnay Day. Although wine supplies are looking a bit sad at the moment we invite you to dream of Elgin Ridge Wines’ 282 Chardonnay (the name given to indicate the height above sea…

{news} Raise a glass of Van Loveren in toast of International Chardonnay Day

International Chardonnay Day 2020 puts all eyes on a heartland of quality South African chardonnay again this year when the noble cultivar is celebrated on May 21. The Robertson Wine Valley is not only the famous home of some of the finest Chardonnays, but one of the variety’s proudest ambassadors – Van Loveren Family Vineyards….

{wine} Flagstone Wines’ Word of Mouth Viognier 2018 – have you heard?

Once again, as with all their other wines, Flagstone Wines added their magic touch in the cellar and released an alluringly delicious interpretation of Viognier, a delicate varietal with a history to match. Have you heard? It’s called Word of Mouth Viognier 2018. Introduction Sometimes I feel as if every bottle of wine and every…

{recipe box} Leopard’s Leap: old flames and a new vintage Chenin Blanc

With a chilled bottle of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards’ Chenin Blanc 2019 hanging out in your fridge, you’re always ready to rumba and ignite some flames with sexy, sizzling sun downers, no matter the circumstances. Introduction There’s just something synonymous about cocktails and summertime. Pretty, fruity drinks in tall glasses, coupled with a stunning sunset…

{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…

{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…

{wine} The next chapter of Journey’s End wines: the “V Series”

Like a good book, I’m eagerly turning the page to lose myself in the next chapter of Journey’s End Vineyards‘ wine stories. This specific tale is one about the newly released “V Series”. Introduction I was first introduced to Journey’s End Vineyards‘ wine portfolio through a gifted set of their “Tales Series” wines, which includes…