{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} The tale of Journey’s End Vineyards

As I slowly pulled four bottles of Journey’s End Vineyards wine from their respective carriers, my heart skipped four slow beats. I instantly knew I was about to embark on not only a journey of the senses, but also on a great story-telling adventure. Background Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir…

{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…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Lozärn Wines

As we drained the last sips from our coffee cups after a proper farm breakfast, we stacked the Avanza and said our goodbyes to the sterling team at Jan Harmsgat Country House. Our next and final stop for the weekend was a chit-chat at Lozärn Wines. It is here where we got real geeky about…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Jan Harmsgat Country House

And just like that, our second day of our #MagicOfWinter media stay in the Langeberg Valley was on its back. One final stretch of road until we reached our overnight destination, Jan Harmsgat Country House, for what I now know was an absolute country-chic spoil. Introduction As we rounded the last bend, Jan Harmsgat Country…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Esona Boutique Wine Estate

We departed the Montagu Country Hotel on a bright, sunny morning, well rested and ready to continue our #MagicOfWinter media tour through the Langeberg Valley. We were spending our morning in the sterling company of Esona Boutique Wine Estate and frankly my dear, I was childishly excited to taste some wines! Introduction To be honest,…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Weltevrede Wine Estate

As we left the comfy confines of the Kalkveld Lounge, fed and watered, we excitedly boarded the Wine Valley Safari truck, which would take us on a scenic detour to our next stop of the day, Weltevrede Wine Estate. Today was the day I got to ride a zebra, and boy, was I ready for…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Zandvliet Wine Estate

As we wound down the hill from Mont Blois, we buckled up for a short drive to Zandvliet Wine Estate, located on the outskirts of Ashton – the second stop on our first day in the gorgeous Langeberg Valley. It is here that I finally got a taste of my own wine. Literally. Introduction Zandvliet…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Mont Blois Wine Estate

Tucked up on a hill, surrounded by acres of vines and orchards, you’ll find the breathtaking boutique wine estate of Mont Blois. This was the first stop on our #MagicOfWinter visit to the Langeberg Valley, and a whimsical start to this enchanting journey. Introduction As the Cape Town skyline faded away in our rear-view mirrors,…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: an introduction

A couple of hundred kilometers, six wine farms, two beds, multiple cheese platters, endless laughs, six very content media peeps and one car laden with wine later,  I can honestly say I experienced the #MagicOfWinter in the Langeberg Valley in its fullest, most whimsical glory. How it all came together A couple of months ago,…

{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} Fat Bastard Chardonnay is a top scorer!

The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting convened by Winemag.co.za have been announced, with the FAT bastard Chardonnay 2018 top scoring with 90 points. Seeking to find the best examples of Chardonnay between the R60 and R100 price points, the wines were tasted blind by Winemag.co.za’s suitably qualified panel consisting of Joanne Gibson,…