{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…

{news} Visit Stellenbosch unveils exciting new festival of gardens

South Africa’s favourite city of oaks, Stellenbosch, is pulling out the stops for gardeners and lovers of the great outdoors in a new, week-long festival that will transform its streets and surrounding countryside from 30 September to 10 October. Major drawcards include a first-ever Stellenbosch winelands experience featuring SA Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van…

{news} Durbanville Valley celebrates Spring with collab of fine food and wine

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work – The Rite of Spring – now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in…

{news} Franschhoek restaurant recovery initiative aims to help local restaurants

Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal aims to raise enough money to help those affected establishments in the region, who have…

{news} Durbanville Wine Valley triumphs at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The inimitable excellence of wines from Durbanville has been re-affirmed following a remarkable performance by wine route members at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS). Taking top honours at the event – one of the industry’s most authoritative challenges – Durbanville claimed no less than four trophies including Most Successful Producer Overall.   “This…

{wine} Legacy in a bottle: Kruger Family Reserve Shiraz and Chardonnay

Eternally enticed by new wines to taste and stories captured in bottles, I couldn’t wait to spend an afternoon with a couple of Stellenview Wines’ Kruger Family Reserve wines as I baked away a few lazy hours in the kitchen. Introduction One of my greatest self-indulgences is to unwrap a bottle of wine that I’ve…

{wine} Red red wine: my latest winter accessories from Ernie Els Wines

I’m constantly writing about how I rebel against the perceived seasonality of wines. Yet, here I stand, just a girl, with two bottles of Ernie Els Wines red in my hands, begging winter to arrive.  Introduction Having visited the newly renovated home of Ernie Els Wines a few months ago, I’ve simply not stopped talking…

{news} Let Gåte’s Autumn Menu Take Your Senses To New Dimensions

Gåte’s Head Chef, Jack Coetzee, continues his journey of farm to plate philosophy with his soon to be released Autumn inspired menu. Using the finest locally sourced produce patrons can expect to be taken on a memorable culinary journey. Not revealing too much as it without a doubt a bucket list experience, Jack’s menu can…

{wine} Winter warmers: butter chicken bunny chow and Skyline Wine

With the winter months drawing closer, so does my craving for rib-sticking comfort food. Add a bottle of Skyline Late Harvest Wine to a warming winter meal, and you won’t be talking about the weather anymore. Introduction Not a particular fan of categorising wine varietals into seasons, I believe that a good white is just…

{wine} FAT Fig Newtons with FAT bastard’s Rosé 2020

My heart always does a little somersault when I see a beautiful bottle of Rosé. Even more so when it’s one with a little golden hippo on the label, because we all know that signals it will be a FAT bastard of a wine! Introduction I was generously introduced to the FAT bastard range of…