{news} Celebrate #GrenacheDay with Muratie’s Mr. May Grenache Noir

It is International Grenache Day on Friday 17th September, so raise a toast to this complex, versatile and intriguing grape with its luscious juicy ripe red fruit flavours, silky tannins, savoury spice and seductive mouthfeel. Grenache also happens to be one of the most adaptable food-pairing wine wines in the world. Click here to read…

{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter. Introduction With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I…

{experience} Celebrating Shiraz with Simon’s at Groot Constantia

In preparation for National Shiraz Day on 21 August 2021, my eternal love affair with Shiraz recently culminated in a sensational sipping experience at Simon’s Restaurant, tucked into the leafy embrace of Groot Constantia. Introduction One might say it was a celebration too early, but such a deep and complex wine varietal like Shiraz should…

{wine}{recipe} Zandvliet’s Shiraz 2017 and a cheat’s sausage pie

When you combine my most beloved winelands district with my most beloved red wine varietal, you get the Zandvliet Shiraz 2017 from Robertson, a gratifyingly rich and complex wine. Add glassesful to a hearty ostrich sausage pie and you’ve unlocked the direct path to most people’s hearts. Introduction I’ve never been quiet about my love…

{wine} Glen Carlou wines delight from soil to glass

The joy of opening a great bottle of wine is doubled when shared. The more glasses filled, the more joy there is for everyone. And that is exactly what Glen Carlou‘s wines brought to our table – a feast of togetherness, delight and tangible excitement. Introduction My first encounter with Glen Carlou wines was at…

{wine} A table for two: Steenberg’s stylish 2020 Sauvignon Blancs

If I could only drink wine from one wine estate for the rest of my life, it would be a difficult decision, but a quick answer: Steenberg Vineyards. Especially now with Cellarmaster Elunda Basson setting her sights on producing award-winning top-tier Sauvignon Blancs, and unveiling her 2020 masterpieces in stylish new outfits. Introduction I’m completely…

{news} Take the chill off with Constantia Glen’s new winter warmer menu

With winter fast approaching, Constantia Glen has comfort food in abundance to combat the shorter days and cooler weather. Warm up to a selection of delicious homemade soups and more substantial dishes at their tasting room. Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian beef goulash…

{eat} Mountain gazing and wine grazing: lunch time at Constantia Glen

Being the closest wine route to my home, Constantia valley boasts with some of the most picturesque wine estates, including the unsurpassable splendour of Constantia Glen. Introduction With a string of stunning eateries, contemporary tasting rooms and plenty of opportunities to enjoy a lazy wine-soaked weekend in a lush gardenscape, the Constantia wine valley caters…