{news} Elgin wine producers join forces to rescue restaurants

An independent initiative spearheaded by Alex Dale of Radford Dale, The Restaurant Rescue Project (#RestaurantRescueProject) was brought to life to preserve and save the restaurant industry of Cape Town, which has been crippled by the pandemic in recent months. The Restaurant Rescue Project A number of wine producers have joined forces with this amazing project,…

{wine} Cool air and high vines: Elgin Vintners’ 2019 Chardonnay

With a particular love for Chardonnay, I’m always seeking to taste different interpretations of this grape. Unsurprisingly, I left behind a little of my heart in an empty bottle of Elgin Vintners‘ 2019 Chardonnay. Introduction As I steadily venture further into the world of wine and submerge my senses in different terroirs, I’ve set my…

{recipe} Middelvlei Rooster Merlot 2019 meets meaty beef bourguignon

Some food and wine pairings are classic, timeless couples. Like this rich and warming beef bourguignon and Middelvlei Wine‘s Rooster Merlot 2019. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply the knowledge passed down to them through three generations of winemaking to produce wine of exceptional quality and reputation. As a family vineyard, the Mombergs ensure…

{wine} Middelvlei Rooster Rosé 2019 meets baked guava pudding

Ah, the humble baked pudding. Filled with guavas and coconut, turn this simple warm dessert into a fine dining experience with the addition of a bottle of Middelvlei Wine‘s Rooster Rosé 2019. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply the knowledge passed down to them through three generations of winemaking to produce wine of exceptional…

{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…

{recipe} Middelvlei Rooster Sauvignon Blanc meets herby chicken pilaf

I’ve been spending a lot of my free time during lock-down in The Little Kitchen, trying out recipes I’ve been saving in my dog-eared flip-file for one day. Middelvlei Wines gave me the perfect canvas against which to create and cook with their stunning range of Rooster wines. Introduction Brothers Ben and Tinnie Momberg apply…

{news} Celebrating Franschhoek Bastille Festival In Style

We hope that you’ve enjoyed your virtual journey through Franschhoek thus far. With each day’s reveal we’ve let you in on how Franschhoek is seen through the eyes of locals. Let’s not forget about the amazing daily reveals of exceptional offers, which are revealed daily and available for the whole of July. Although new offers…

{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…

{news} Are you ready to bid for your bespoke Franschhoek culinary experience?

An idea created by passionate individuals and chefs in an effort to support struggling restaurants as well as the Isabelo Charity, Franschhoek Culinaire is a group of chefs who are bringing dining and wining to your door. A fun concept, which involves simply bidding on your favourite chef combination and be entertained, at a venue of your…