{wine} Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

That chubby golden hippo always manages to put a smile on my face. This time around, I was happier than a happy hippo when a bottle of FAT bastard‘s Chardonnay 2018 landed in my lap. Because living large is exactly what I like to do! Background The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting…

{wine} Whet your winter appetite with Vriesenhof’s GSM 2017

Ah. A toasty red blend on a cold winter’s eve alongside a bowl of hearty soup. There are not many pleasures in this world that can surpass the warmth and love of a good red blend when your soul needs a bit of cuddling. Vriesenhof Vineyards is right on the mark once again with their…

{recipe box} Cooking with Kibali and ManCrave

During winter, in-between hibernating sessions, I love to spend precious time in the kitchen cooking and creating wholesome, heart-warming food to nourish my wintery soul. Windfall Wine, together with ManCrave, recently gave me a reason to get out from under my blankets and head to the kitchen with a beautiful recipe box and a bottle…

{news} Vriesenhof Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Some of the world’s finest wines are blends made from different grape varieties, as this allows the winemaker the opportunity to make a wine that brings the best elements of each together in one bottle, such as Vriesenhof’s GSM. The ‘GSM’ blend, made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (GSM), is a classic from the Côtes…

{wine} Boxed in for all the right reasons: Ben Wren Wine

Why do we assume that quality wine comes in smooth glass bottles, adorned with cursive lettering and golden edges? And why do we continuously buy the pretty bottles, only to put it in the recycling bag? What if, and this is a real shocker, you could still get the same quality wine you crave (and…

{news} International Drink Chenin Day with Welgegund Heritage Wines

The sixth annual International #DrinkChenin Day is taking place on Saturday 15th June 2019 – a very special day to celebrate all there is to love about this popular and versatile white wine. To read my review on Welgegund Heritage wines, click here! Welgegund Heritage Wines invite you to explore the delights of their barrel-fermented,…

{news} Flagstone Two Roads Chardonnay

Such is the popularity of Chardonnay that for a great many people, meeting for a glass of wine means meeting for Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic…

{news} Celebrate Chardonnay with Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has consistently proven itself as one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. It is therefore fitting that Bouchard Finlayson takes the lead in showcasing its delicious vintages as part of International Chardonnay Day on 23 May 2019. The Chardonnay grape variety originated in Burgundy (France), but today…

{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…

{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…

{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…