{news} New wines from Louisvale Wines

Louisvale wines, located in the Devon Valley area in the Stellenbosch wine district, has just released three new wines: Louisvale Merlot 2018, Louisvale Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, and the Louisvale Sauvignon Blanc 2020. The Merlot perfectly complements pork dishes and cheese platters; the medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with roast beef and lamb; and the…

{wine} Wine wanderlust with Perdeberg Wines’ Vineyard Collection

For me, wine is a seasonal indulgence. My tastes and moods change as the leaves on the trees. With Perdeberg Wines‘ The Vineyard Collection, I can’t help but feel a spring in my step as we wait for warmer days! Introduction I’m not a staunch “red for winter, white for summer” believer, but there’s a…

{wine} Sipping pretty with De Krans Wines’ Pinotage Rosé 2020

Rosé might be my favourite wine type. Delicate, romantic and softly floral, it makes me long for summer days and sunset laughs. I felt a strong affinity to De Krans Wines‘ Pinotage Rosé 2020, as it wrapped my heart in red fruits and candy. Introduction Like with Chardonnay, most people have strong polar feelings about…

{news} Franschhoek’s mystery weekends are guaranteed food for the soul

Suffering from lockdown blues and chomping at the bit to explore your ‘neighbourhood’? Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends – an all-inclusive winelands weekend getaway – is guaranteed to curb any lockdown cabin fever. Now that leisure travel has resumed this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence, with…

{news} Taste culinary magic at Nederburg’s The Manor during Restaurant Week XXL

Ready for an XXL experience? The talented culinary team at Nederburg’s The Manor will be serving up a mouth-watering two- and three-course menu as part of Restaurant Week South Africa XXL, scheduled to run from 1 October to 1 November 2020. The three-course menu, including a glass of wine per course, is offered at R350 per person, while the two-course,…

{travel} A day in Franschhoek: from pairings to picnics

Taking precious time to rediscover everything our province has to offer after the confines of #lockdown, I headed to Franschhoek for the day to wine and dine my soul in serenity. Introduction Since the upliftment of the travel ban as part of the COVID-19 regulations, I’ve been feeling (and acting!) like a proper tourist in…

{news} Tryn reopens at Steenberg for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays

Rediscover the culinary bliss of dinners at Tryn when Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin extends her post-lockdown opening hours at Steenberg’s vibrant signature restaurant to Friday and Saturday evenings. Starting this week from Friday, 2 October, Tryn welcomes all returning dinner guests and first timers to venture out and escape the stresses of a busy week…

{wine} With love from Rascallion Wines – bottles with a cause

No jargon, no expansive tasting notes. Rascallion Wines is rather boldly redirecting the wine conversation to a much more important cause than terroir or temperature. Introduction Everyone that knows me, knows that I like to play with my food and wine. Yes, I try in earnest to learn how to swirl and sip and taste…

{accommodation} Steeped in Shiraz Cottage: Kunjani Wines

Just when I thought the COVID walls couldn’t lock me down any tighter, I received an invitation from Kunjani Wines to safely social distance and recharge in their gorgeously luxurious Shiraz Cottage. Introduction I was (and still am!) one of those who follow(ed) the COVID rules meticulously and wholeheartedly. Throughout this process of never-ending sanitising…