Online wine marketplace Port2Port rated SA’s best receives global recognition for its comprehensive wine catalogue…

Vincent Bührer & Nicolco Pudel, owners of Port2Port Port2Port.wine, an online wine marketplace based in South Africa, has been awarded the Best Overall Wine List Award in Wine Searcher’s Retailer Awards for the second consecutive year. Wine Searcher is an international database and search engine platform that compares wines and prices from merchants around the world. The

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: |

15 Minutes with Darielle Robertson, Organiser of The Cape Wine Auction…

Darielle Robertson, Organiser of The Cape Wine Auction Darielle Robertson, the powerhouse behind DNA Events and Festivals - the company responsible for top class events such as the The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, The Franschhoek Bastille Festival, The Swartland Revolution, The Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, The Bubbly Festival and the Sommeliers Selection -

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: , |

What’s a Big Dog? An excellent MCC by John & Karen Loubser….

Silverthorn's CWG Auction MCC, The Big Dog Missing out on today’s Cape Winemaker’s Guild Annual auction of their fabulous wines and following the Twitter feed of my friends who are there, has been an interesting exercise. There are people who are prepared to pay for good wine, and good wine is what you get at

Flames at The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff, great view, sublime food & lovely staff…

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff Johannesburg I have a memory of The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff Johannesburg which will stay with me forever. I was staying there on Sunday night, about 10 years ago with a business partner and we were dining - alone – on the patio of the restaurant overlooking the

Jazz & Cheese Fondue at Delheim – every Sunday from 24 June to 26 August

Jazz & Cheese Fondue at Delheim Get cosy at this popular feast of live jazz, wine and dip-licious cheese! The Delheim Jazz & Cheese Fondue series plays an exciting new tune in the Stellenbosch Winelands this year thanks to the announcement of a collaboration with the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) and Jazz in the

Wine Concepts – Annual Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration 08.06.18…

Michael Bampfield - Duggan, founder of Wine Concepts The annual Wine Concepts Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration takes place at The Vineyard Hotel this Friday 8th June. Wine Concepts has two specialist wine shops, one in Newlands and one in Kloof Street. Wine Concepts Newlands, your go-to specialist Wine Emporium All lovers of these two great

Asara Luxury Hotel offers a Springbok Shank & Shiraz dish in the Sansibar Bistro…

Sansibar Gin Bar and Bistro on the Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel Exciting things happening in the Sansibar Gin Bar and Bistro on the Asara Wine Estate and luxury hotel for the month of June. The menu has on offer a delicious slow cooked Springbok Shank, which has spent 6 hours in the oven

Vondeling Monsonia 2015, a seriously delicious red wine and an endangered flower species…

Matthew Copeland is 'very excited' about his newest release of Vondeling's Flagship Rhone Blend, Vondeling Monsonia 2015. Named for a species of flower, named for Lady Anne Monson, great granddaughter of King Charles 11, a renowned botanist who visited the Cape in the early days of the settlement.

Wine Menu – Explore the wonderful, complex and delicious world of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir at Gauteng’s only wine event dedicated to these two noble varieties

The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival – which takes place at The Crystal Room at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday, May 10, from 18h00 – includes in its impressive line-up many high-end, award-winning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are not shown at other festivals because they are often too expensive and with too small a production

Lucullan adventures at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel…

There is a fine team of chefs at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel who produce some excellent produce and great dishes in the variety of restaurant an eating places in the Hotel. The sublime Asara Wines accompany them all...

Carrol Boyes, doyenne of South African Design, now produces premium wines…

Carrol Boyes, doyenne of South African Design Carrol Boyes, the well-known South African designer, has partnered with her brother, farmer and financier John Boyes, to create a unique range of limited edition premium wine. I recently had to opportunity to taste two of them, and while the bottles have amusing and typical Carrol Boyes labels, the

Spier offers an embarrassment of riches in its restaurant options….

Spier's  fine Homestead - Spier offers much to the visitor Eight Spier offers Eight, a fine restaurant on the Spier Estate.  From veld to fork, with the saladings and vegetables are grown organically on the Estate.  Farmer Angus, grows the grass-fed beef, pork, chickens which are free range. Children are catered for, to replenish energy

Boschendal’s Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut named a Top Ten MCC over a ten year period…

Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut Boschendal has started the 2018 awards season with a sparkle. Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut has been named one of the Top Ten Cap Classiques by South African Wine & Cellar Classifications for the ten year period of 2008 to 2018. The competition investigates wines’ track records across

Q&A with Noxolo Hlongwane Nedbank Private Wealth’s Head of Philanthropy on sponsorship of The Cape Wine Auction

Noxolo Hlongwane Nedbank Private Wealth's Head of Philanthropy on sponsorship of The Cape Wine Auction One of the most anticipated events on the Western Cape social calendar, and the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction lots, the Cape Wine Auction has, in only four years of existence, created a benchmark in philanthropy, raising almost R55

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old….

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old KWV was originally founded with the single purpose to serve the interest of the South African wine industry and to promote the image of local wines abroad in turn. This mandate changed in the 1990s when KWV’s role essentially altered from that of

Advent Calendar #13 wine – The Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2015…

Advent Calendar #13 wine, Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, made by 11th generation winemaker Matthew Krone. Exceptional expression from the Golden Triangle, Stellenbosch.