Advent Calendar #14, a fine Merlot from Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards in the heat of Franschhoek. A sappy go to wine for any meal.
Advent Calendar #13 wine, Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, made by 11th generation winemaker Matthew Krone. Exceptional expression from the Golden Triangle, Stellenbosch.
Pure Gin offers a whole load of Gin fun at the Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel on Saturday 16th. Fabulous gins, tonics, big bands, excellent picnic boxes.....
Advent Calendar #12 is a sublime Pinotage from Grangehurst, made by Jeremy Walker. Perfect Christmas table wine, for your hot gammon or well stuffed turkey.
Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel, is caring for the environment on the Estate. Purifying water, allowing the fynbos to prosper and bringing back the fauna.
Father and son, Andre and Jacques Bruwer's Bon Courage The Pepper Tree Shiraz 2013 features as my Advent Calendar #11 wine. A sublime wine which will sit happily on your Christmas lunch table.
My Advent Calendar #10 wine is this lovely blend from Abé Beukes at Yonder Hill Wines. Well worth a visit to taste the stunning wines....
My choice for Advent Calendar #9 is the Fleur du Cap Essence du Cap Pinot Noir 2016, a sublime delicate wine, a red trying to be a white.
My Advent Calendar #8, the Earthbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, is an organically certified wine with grapes grown in the Darling Wine Appellation.
Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016, a fine partner to Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken – 08.12.2017
Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016, a deliciously peachy expression of this Condrieu grape. Such a stunning food wine, great with chicken.
I have chosen a lovely collection of wines for you to buy for Christmas. Do go to the website, there's still time to order for a pre Christmas delivery...
Advent Calendar #7 – Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2015, Danie Malan creating dry reds from Portuguese grape varieties…
Advent Calendar #7 - Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2015, a beautiful red from a Portuguese Pot variety, stamps Danie Malan's mastery of the Swartland...
The Bruwers of Bon Courage produce my Advent Calendar #6 wine, a fine 2016 Merlot, called The Mulberry Bush.
Advent Calendar #5 - Grangehurst Cape Rosé Blend 2015, Jeremy Walker's clever blend of reds and Chenin Blanc, perfect food wine for summer.
My Advent Calendar #4 red wine is from Linton Park, a fresh young sappy Cabernet with an undertow of mocha from the high toasted oak barrels...
Advent Calendar #3 - Eikendal Charisma 2016 In my quest to find you something different for your seasonal red wine, my Advent Calendar #3, my interest was really pricked by this wine. It is a blend of 59% Shiraz, 26% Petit Verdot and 15% Sangiovese. Interesting are the vineyards and their ages, all three have
Advent Calendar #2 – Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015, an intense expression of this grape…
A fine Mediterranean variety used to make the Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015. Excellent with the Fairview Cheeses.
Vespri, Morgenster's Vermentino addition to their The Italian Collection....
Snow Mountain Artisanal wines are made in Wellington by James McKenzie. Perfect artisanal wines, for the perfect festive meal.
Advent Calendar #1. The start of a 24 day journey in red wine leading up to Christmas. Hope you find some good ideas for your festive fun.
Made from white and yellow maize, grain and barley, Southern Moonshine is a white whiskey, from Kentucky. The perfect mixer, great variety of flavours. Yummy stuff....
Closet – the remarkable wardrobe of Nataniël, is a colourful collection of this incredibly talented artists costumes.
Sugarbird Gin, a fine addition to the starry sky of craft gins in the Western Cape using traditional Cape botanicals and flavouring.
Rob & Petrina Visser's Dalewood Fromage Huguenot & Boland, amongst my favourite cheeses, triumph at the 2017 World Cheese Awards...
Ever innovative with their wine tastings, Stellenbosch HIlls is the place to visit as you enter Stellenbosch. Well worth the stop-over.
Lightly Sparkling – Robertson Winery’s New Vintage Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir Rosé, perfect for invigorating summer refreshment….
Always lovely wines from Robertson Winery in the valley of wines and horses. Two noble varieties, one from Bordeaux and one from Burgundy. Sublime Sunday Morning Sippers....
Cabernet Specialists for 21 years, Etienne, Christo & Yvonne Le Riche producing utterly sublime Cabernets...
Southern Cross Gin, a craft gin made with waters from both Indian and Atlantic Oceans, artesian well water from Mörelig farm on the southernmost tip of Africa...
Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate provides great music in Summer with its fine foods and great wines on offer.
Churchill and Smuts – the friendship by Richard Steyn. A truly great read, here reviewed by Peter Soal…
Richard Steyn’s fascination with JC Smuts was clearly not satisfied by the publication of “Unafraid of Greatness” as he has produced another substantial volume this dealing with the Churchill and Smuts friendship.
The Italians make delicious sparkling wines called Prosecco. Here Bottega, we known Wine Producers in the Veneto offer to little tastes in a perfect gift pack..
Superb Boschendal 10 year old Potstill Brandy, a reflection of the Master Distiller's art. On its own or with a slice of fine Dalewood Huguenot...
A fine bubbly from Stellenbosch Hills winemaker James Ochse. The Polka Draai Range supports the Polka Kids, a community project for children.
Steenberg Lady R, a classical MCC, using both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir last week was awarded 5 stars in the Platter's South African Wine Guide. One of only three to make the accolade.
Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller of Franschoek's premier Wine Estate Restaurant, Haute Cabrière fire up their stoves for summer feasting.....
Michael Olivier's wine4friends is up and running! Here is a fabulous selection of unusual wines to tempt your palate, delivered to your door....
Utterly delicious liqueurs from Nature's Own Beverages in Bonnievale - great variety of flavours and different spirits.
Nuy Winery's utterly delicious Muscadels are the makings of a legend. Excellent quality over a number of years. Beautifully situated in the stunning Nuy Valley.
Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017 – a first white from the predominantly red wine producing Swartland Estate…
Danie Malan, Allesverloren's Owner and Winemaker branches out into producing white wines with his first Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017. A perfect sipper and a perfect food wine.
De Wetshof Continues its Domination of Veritas Category for un-wooded Chardonnays...
Spier Comedy in the Vines - wanna laugh? Barry Hilton, Stuart Taylor and Marc Lottering. Make your reservations....
Cooked in South Africa is an initiative of Wish Upon a Star, a non-profit fund-raising charity. All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to children living with disability….
Cooked in South Africa is an initiative of Wish Upon a Star, a non-profit fund-raising charity. All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to children living with disability....
Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2015 – a biodynamically produced wine from the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation
Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2015 - Johan Reyneke's biodynamically produced wine from the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.
Welmoed Wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards have a new look and complete the range makeover for Stellenbosch Vineyards….
Welmoed Wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards have a new look and complete the range makeover for Stellenbosch Vineyards....
Nuy knighted at 21st Michelangelo Awards. Home of some of the finest Sweet Wines and home to Celine…
Nuy knighted at 21st Michelangelo Awards. Home of some of the finest Sweet Wines and home to Celine... In the beautiful Nuy Valley.
Waverley Hills, an organic winery in the Tulbagh Wine Appellation, introduces two new fabulous wines…
Waverley Hills, an organic winery in the Tulbagh Wine Appellation, introduces two new fabulous wines, a Chardonnay 2016 & De Huijsbosch 2016...
Delheim's Legendary Spatz Sperling - Wine icon leaves indelible legacy spanning more than six decades on his Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.
DeWaal Wines celebrate International Pinotage Day on 14th October. The de Waals have left huge footprints in the history of Pinotage…
DeWaal Wines celebrate International Pinotage Day on 14th October. The de Waals have left huge footprints in the history of Pinotage...
Lanzerac Artisanal Wines, tributes to legends by Wynand Lategan, using interesting varieties...
Reuben Riffel - the boy from Groendal owning his own space in Franschhoek & doing what he loves...
Spier Spring tasting 2017, exciting offerings of food from the farm with Spier’s wide range of wines…
Spier Spring tasting 2017, exciting offerings of food from the farm with Spier's wide range of wines. Other wonderful activities on the Estate...
The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ 2 & 3 December 2017. Style, flair, fun, MCC & Fashion.
Art Franschhoek | 27 October to 27 November 2017. A meander through this wine town to view South African Fine Arts by local artists.
Art Franschhoek | 27 October to 27 November 2017. A meander through this wine town to view South African Fine Arts by local artists.
Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - summer in a glass, from the Morkel Family on the Bottelary Road...
Steenberg’s Catharina’s offers a feast of contemporary classics for vegetarians. Archie McLean offers some real gems on his Spring Menu.
Delaire Graff's Indochine Chef Virgil Kahn offers one of his popular dishes, Asparagus & Broccoli. A chef inspired by Asian Food.
Spier Farm launches The Spier Farm Kitchen overlooking Spier’s historic Werf, offering anything from picnics to gourmet treats – and wine
Spier Farm Kitchen launches The Farm Kitchen overlooking Spier’s historic Werf, offering anything from picnics to gourmet treats - and wine
Fairview Broken Bottle 2015, no pale shadow of the Douro. Delicious blend of Tinta Roriz & Souzão. Grapes from Paarl and Swartland.
Fairview Broken Bottle 2015, no pale shadow of the Douro. Delicious blend of Tinta Roriz & Souzão.
Patina – Ryan Richens back in the Southern Suburbs with a fine Steak Restaurant, a legend in the making
Patina – Ryan Richens back in the Southern Suburbs with a fine Steak Restaurant, a legend in the making
Withington Nguni Malbec 2015 - a Heritage Wine for Heritage Cattle. Known for nearly 3000 years. A regal beast, with skins of great beauty.
Du Toitskloof Winery emerges victorious in a Pork War to remember in the Du Toitskloof Muratie Annual Cook Off….
Du Toitskloof Winery emerges victorious in a Pork War to remember in the Du Toitskloof Muratie the Annual Cook Off....
Boerekos met ‘n Twist - heritage food tweaked by Annelien Pienaar, well known cook & food writer. You need a copy in your kitchen.
Yonder Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & a herd of Ankole Cattle, and of course Abé Beukes, legendary winemaker
Yonder Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & a herd of Ankole Cattle, and of course Abé Beukes, legendary winemaker. On the hill top overlooking False Bay
Boschendal MCC bubblies shine gold at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Lizelle Gerber's wines excel - again.
A Bite of Latin America by Susie Chatz-Anderson. Take a trip to South America in your own kitchen, and taste some exciting food....
Diemersdal launches First Wine under new Wine of Origin Cape Town Label. Thys Louw, specialist Sauvignon Blanc wine producer, shows a new vintage.
Biostilla Organic Gin – gin is in, and so is this excellent organic example. Made from ecologially sound soft wheat and botanicals….
Biostilla Organic Gin - gin is in, and so is this excellent organic example
The Broad Valley Pinot Noir 2014, and a superb Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Overberg. New flavours of Pinot Noir, packed with cherry fruits. Sublime oil, medium bodied and savoury.
Simonsig Summer Fun. Premier Wine Estate offers not only the finest wine, also some interesting events
Simonsig Summer Fun. Premier Wine Estate offers not only the finest wine, also some interesting events. Opera, First Fizz Day and a Pinotage Master Class.
Delheim Grand Reserve 2014, the latest vintage of its flagship, which crowns this Stellenbosch stalwart’s red wine portfolio
Delheim Grand Reserve 2014 vintage of its flagship, crowns the Stellenbosch stalwart’s red wine portfolio. One of the founders of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
Springfield Estate, a jewel in the crown of the beautiful Robertson Wine Appellation. A place of sublime wines made in very special ways.
Vriesenhof Wines by Jan 'Boland' Coetzee, a legend in his life time. Wines from the foothills of the Stellenbosch Mountain.
The crux of the La Bri Estate's renaissance began with the 2008 harvest, the first to be crushed in the new, modern 120 tonne cellar on the Estate. Read more about the Estate here.
Alto Rouge 2015, a Stellenbosch icon, awarded by The Sommeliers Selection Awards. One of the oldest most respected wine estates.
Allesverloren Tinta Rosé 2017 – a fine expression of the Swartland from one of the oldest wine estates in that Appellation
Allesverloren Tinta Rosé 2017 - a fine expression of the Swartland from one of the oldest wine estates in that Appellation.
RMB Winex 2017 – 18 years of sustaining the Art of Wine. Sandton Convention Centre 25 to 27 October.
RMB Winex 2017 - 18 years of sustaining the Art of Wine. Sandton Convention Centre 25 to 27 October. Such a wonderful array of wines from which to choose.
Mulderbosch Vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation – a destination on its own. Well worth the visit as they say in the Guide Michelin.
The Breedekloof Wine Valley: where legends live on. There's a lot to discover here, some sublime Chenin Blancs and a range of other varieties. Beautiful vineyards....
Arco Laarman launches his new wines under his own name. The Cluster Series Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon step on to the platform as new born stars.
Spier people - Joyce Malefane, Assistant Restaurant Manager
The Merwida Family Vintners Chenin Blanc 2016, an honour to her Oupa by Lieza van der Merwe
From the producers of the award winning Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, we bring you Noble Vice - a gathering of the curious & enlightened.
Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel - well worth the visit as they say in the Guide Michelin
The Gin Box, one of those monthly 'must have' gifts to yourself. Sisters Mary Anne Hut and Jean Buckham do it all for you.
The Beachhouse Beach Clean Up. You can help keep our beaches free of plastic. The Beachhouse is a range of fine fun wines.
Boschendal Potstill Brandy - exquisite, ambrosial, smooth, round. Chenin Blanc & Colombar and 10 years in fine French Oak.
Cheese Baker – Baked Lanquedoc with fresh thyme & honey and Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2016 – 30.07.2017
A fine Stellenbosch Cheese, baked in a Wellington Cheese Baker and served with a sublime Wellington Pinot Noir.
The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, a fun time in a beautiful Valley with fabulous wines. Taking place on 16th & 17th September.
Simonsig Wine Estate offers a taste of their Vintage Wines on their August 12th Vintage Day
Eikendal Vineyards 2017 Winter Pizza & Wine Pairing Experience
Fun evening with Eikendal Vineyards with Swiss Cheese Fondue and fine Eikendal wines
Spier Farm People - the reason for its success.
Unusuals Wine Festival organiser Corlien Morris with sommelier and participant Patson Mathonsi The popular Unusuals Wine Festival is back to showcase South Africa’s lesser known varietals in the only focused platform in Gauteng of these wines. This not-to-be-missed display of truly exceptional wines takes place at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday, September 7,
CBC brew master, Woelfgang Koedel Celebrate the start of the year’s second semester with a delicious meal paired with craft beer. Join Barley & Biltong Emporium and Cape Brewing Company (CBC) at their next winter Brrrrew Event at the Spice Route Destination on 28 July. Hops on the vine The July Brrrrew Event will make for a
Boschendal's Roving Dinner, a Nose-to-Tail Affair on Saturday 5 August 2017.
Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration at Den Anker is a fun event planned by Luke Krone
Nederburg - an excellent winelands destination. Great Wines, great food and lots to do.
Get ready to wine your way through undulating Constantia vineyards at the 5th Steenberg Charity Trail Run on Saturday, 12 August 2017.
Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch is a jewel in the crown of the Appellation. Luke O'Cuinneagain is making sublime wines which Christophe Dehosse matches at The Vine Bistro.
Bellingham Wines, pioneer of single-varietal Shiraz in South Africa, has been recognised as one of the country’s top three producers of Shiraz-based red blends at the 2017 Shiraz SA Challenge.
Wonderful selection of Sauvignons at The Vineyard Hotel on August 18th.
Virgil Kahn's hand is on the tiller on the kitchen of Indochine Restaurant on The Delaire Graff Estate. Well known for its Eastern inspired dishes. And of course fine wines.
The Cheese Baker - cheese on toast with a twist We are having such fun with The Cheese Baker and creating recipes for it. A while ago, my wife, Madeleine wrote down some notes about a recipe for The Cheese Baker. I stuck them on my computer and we decided that this would be the
De Grendel Restaurant Interior “A superior customer experience.” This is the sentiment behind the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award De Grendel received from TripAdvisor, which follows on from the same award in 2016. This achievement celebrates businesses, which have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The restaurant is located at
The perfect Rosé from Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek. Excellent with food, any season.
Dainty Bess, a sublime Cap Classique, made for Jane Ferreira Eedes, a homage to her parents.
Mont Blois Manor House In the very first John Platter’s Book of South African Wine, published in 1980, Mont Blois White Muscadel is awarded four stars and John himself writes, “A superlative wine, a truly fine example of a dessert or after dinner wine, luscious rich but delicate.’ That wine was made by Ernst Bruwer
Spice Route The Amos Block Perpetual Reserve I love sherry and sherry style wines. Having visited Jerez in Spain as long ago as 1968, having been captivated by Sherry, I was so thrilled to read about this new wine from Klein Amoskuil Farm in the Swartland. The Klein Amoskuil’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is the oldest
The Perfect Hideaway in the Nuy Valley. Excellent Wines, olive oils and olive products. Comfortable accommodation in historic surroundings.
Dewar's The Monarch, blended Scotch Whisky - aged 15 years White Label Whisky was about as much part of my youth as any of the premium Scotch Whiskies. Dewar’s who created the brand have recently launched some new whiskies on to the South African Market spreading the choice of the customer from premium brands up
Vineyard Views Country House, Riebeek Kasteel Having been invited to a family wedding in Riebeek Kasteel, we set about finding ourselves an overnight stay. Little did we know that the place we would choose, actually belonged to friends, Gareth Pienaar and Grant Dewar who invited us to spend the night at Vineyard Views Country House
Spice Route Saffron Rosé 2016 & Nina Timm’s Deboned Roast Chicken with dates & goat’s cheese – 13.06.2017
Superb full bodied dry Grenache Rosé from Charl du Plessis at Spice Route. Partnered with a Nina Timm deboned chicken stuffed with dates and Fairview Goat's Cheese.
Cab is King! And so is Dad! Celebrate a DeWaal Fathers Day with one of their great Cabernets and a special gift for Dads
Spier Farmer Angus dinner Spier invites you to a first-hand experience of their farm-to-table philosophy at Eight Restaurant, with Farmer Angus, Executive Chef Lolli and Sommelier Welma Beukes. At this interactive food evening, you’ll get to taste the intrinsic goodness of food from Spier’s own pastures, with fresh produce from our vegetable gardens and Farmer
The elegantly packaged Southern Cross Gin Appropriate to choose World Gin Day if you are going to launch a unique small batch gin, inspired by the love of Africa, all things nautical and intrigue for our Southern Cross and travel… Launched today at the Southernmost tip of Africa Cape Agulhas, formerly known as Cap des
The beautiful Nuy Valley Madeleine and I have just been on a fabulous trip to the Nuy Valley and Robertson. Hence the silence of the last couple of days. We stayed in a wonderful place, and tasted some sublime wines, and met some utterly lovely people. We have much to talk about and will be
You are well warned before you reach Rooiberg Cellar While many are in the Robertson Valley enjoying the Wacky Wine Weekend, we are at home drinking some fine Robertson Wines. And two of them are very South African, the Chenin Blanc and the Pinotage. Chenin Blanc is the largest planted wine grape in the country,
Shiraz Stars for 2017 A dozen remarkable Shiraz wines and three impressive Shiraz blends captured the limelight during the fifth annual Shiraz Challenge awards ceremony held on 31 May at the Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl. Fans of this noble cultivar can safely set their sights on these front-runners when next they find themselves facing
Villiera Winemakers Nathan Valentine & Xander Grier Nathan Valentine and Xander Grier join the winemaking team at Villiera Wines under the watchful eye of Jeff Grier We have recently added some youthful energy to the Villiera winemaking team in the form of Nathan and Xander. Jeff is going nowhere yet – he remains to nurture
Olive Harvesting on Morgenster Having grown up on a farm where my parents had a large olive grove, olives are part of my life. While I grew up in a butter based cuisine, over the last 20 years or so, we have cooked with olive oil at home. Recently I was invited to go and
Inverroche Mocha G&T Celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, 10 June with a South African gem, Inverroche. Their range of craft gin is infused with wild fynbos botanicals and unlike any other gin you will ever taste. Lorna Scott’s Inverroche spearheaded the gin revolution in South Africa with their small batch gins. Crafted at the
A Table at Eight Spoil Dad with lunch at Eight, our acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant. Our harvest table offers a range of dishes all prepared with fresh, home-grown, seasonal ingredients. Greens and fresh veggies come the Werf food garden where they are grown without the use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. Our fillet, sirloin and sausages
Robertson Wine Valley Taste the Lifestyle at the fourteenth annual Wacky Wine Weekend from 1-4 June 2017, proudly hosted by Robertson Wine Valley. Take charge of your weekend in the country and create your own festival experience with this list of 10 Things to Do at Wacky. Adventure Lovers - Bring your running shoes along
Matt Day & Franck Dangereux Last week, I think we experienced some of the finest cooking in the Cape paired by Franck Dangereux, chef patron of The Food Barn and Matt Day, driven winemaker at Klein Constantia. The invitation was one we could not refuse. Matt and Franck have wanted to do this some time
Morgenster Manor House Morgenster is in the eastern reaches of the Helderberg Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. A premium producer of fine olives and olive products, and a range of top class internationally recognised wines. Recently on a visit to the estate, I was introduced to the new wines, and the new ventures in the olive oil
The Asara Wine Estate and Hotel In the undulating Polkadraai Hills, east of the town of Stellenbosch and in its eponymous Wine Appellation, lies a gem, The Asara Wine Estate and Hotel. This award-winning wine estate. and its luxury hotel, has no Cape Dutch Houses, white walls or generations of family winemakers. It is a
Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2010 A single-vineyard Syrah from the Cape‘s 2010 vintage made on Simonsig Estate won one of the few Gold medals awarded at this year’s Syrah du Monde competition in France. The Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2010 was among only 35 Gold medal winners out of 372 wines entered by 26 countries at this
Van Zyl du Toit - Allée Bleue Winemaker Nice to be reminded of the talented jovial van Zyl du Toit and his wine making talents with the release of two new vintages of his wines. Allée Bleue L'Amour Toujours 2013 The Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2013 is the estate’s Flagship Red Wine and is a
Azolile Khoncoshe Azolile Khoncoshe, the first recipient to benefit from this newest initiative, is currently a third year Viticulture & Oenology student at the University of Stellenbosch. The bursary funded his studies in 2016 and will continue to do so for the remaining portion of his degree. Through the Nederburg Auction, Khoncoshe will also have
“Simple” yet “bold” are the words for Louisa Greeff’s Winter Menu at The Durbanville Hills Restaurant
Durbanville Hills Winery overlooking Table Bay Surrounded by rolling hills and boasting beautiful views of Cape Town, Durbanville Hills is nestled in the picturesque Durbanville Valley, making it the ideal place to enjoy a warm winter meal with a glass of award-winning wine. To ensure that the upcoming colder months are savoured, the restaurant has
Lanzerac, Stellenbosch's oldest Country House Hotel In May 1966, I started working at Lanzerac, the beautiful country hotel in the very heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. At the time, Lanzerac was amongst the first f the Country House style of hotels and the fist in South African to served a buffet breakfast. The Cheese
Haute Cabrière Restaurant Sunday lunch has a strong tradition all over the world, it is still very much an aspect of life nowadays with busy weeks leaving Sundays the day to recharge and catch up over a hearty and tasty meal, making conversation the centre piece of the table. Chefs Westley Muller & Nic van
Braam Malherbe & Wayne Robertson Sponsor Oude Molen Feeling Proud The team at Oude Molen Cape Brandy, one of South Africa’s oldest brandy distilleries, who sponsored adventurer Braam Malherbe’s epic 8000 KM Cape to Rio Rowing DOTChallenge expedition, are feeling proud of the achievement of the adventurer and his team mate Wayne Robertson, who arrived
Johann Fourie & Penny Streeter at Benguela Cove Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate - situated in Walker Bay, Hermanus, at the start of the Hermanus Wine Route - is transporting its expertise 6,000 miles to create the newest vineyard in England. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes will be ready to make sparkling
Catharina's Restaurant at Steenberg Savour skilfully prepared contemporary winter classics while soaking up fireside nostalgia in idyllic Cape Dutch surroundings at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg. Archie McLean, Catharina's Executive Chef Named after Steenberg’s intrepid 17th century founder, Catharina Ustings Ras, Catharina’s with Executive Chef, Archie Maclean at the helm, is all about exciting palates with
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 I remember once in the early noughties being told that Excelsior Cabernet was one of the best-selling South African Cabernet under a cork in the USA. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 43% of the estate’s plantings. The Robertson soils are well known to be lime based with portions of shale. This is
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Michael Broughton's Terroir, the Cookbook Acclaimed winelands restaurant Terroir has welcomed the arrival of winter with a special menu offer that is sure to make this award-winning Stellenbosch eatery the hottest table in town as the cold sets in. From May to September guests can enjoy their choice of two dishes (starter/main or main/dessert) from
The Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake When I was at Cookery School in London, they always made us peel Brie and Camembert. I always felt that this robbed the dish of flavour and texture. If you like, you can push it through a sieve, but I found that mashing it with a fork does
Hartenberg Wine Estate, Simonsberg in the background Hand-crafted wine and soul food are a match made in heaven and Hartenberg Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, invites you to embark on a journey of sensory experiences at this year’s Bottelary Hills Pop Lunch on Sunday, 28 May. Be enthralled as highly
Sharpen your Culinary Skills with New Interactive Cooking Classes at Durbanville Hills – 27 June & 29 July
To warm up the coming winter months, Durbanville Hills is launching its new and exciting interactive cooking classes for aspiring foodies, in collaboration with The Little Pink Chef, Maryke Josling. This limited offering will be taking on two different occasions – the first on 27 June and the second on 29 July – from 18:30
Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014 In the recently established wine region near the country town of Vermaaklikheid along the Cape South Coast, the Joubert family has established itself as a pioneer wine producers with their unique range of Baleia Wines and Olive Oil, showcasing true pioneering energy, commitment, passion and family values. Their premium flagship
CBC Beer Tasters Beautiful Paarl Winelands Destination, the Spice Route will warm up winter appetites with its debut Brrrrew Event offering a 'delicious' line-up of gourmet burgers, craft beer and live entertainment on Friday 26 May. Partnering with 2017 KLINK Awards Best Winelands Burger restaurant finalist, Barley and Biltong Emporium, and leading craft beer producer,
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is once again hunting down South Africa's greatest steakhouse, and inviting members of the public to take part in this exciting annual competition. How The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 Works May: Public Voting Round and Weekly Prizes During the month of May anyone can vote for their favourite steakhouse, via Facebook,
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Steenberg Manor House Escape the winter blues for a haven of tranquility in the vineyards and take advantage of fabulous seasonal offers at Steenberg, the Cape’s first registered farm just 30 minutes from the bustling heart of Cape Town. Wrapped in gracious, understated luxury and steeped in history dating back to 1682, the 24-room, 5-star
Spier Hotel's Mother's Day High Tea Treat Mom with a decadent high tea at Spier Hotel. Enjoy a glass of Spier Méthode Cap Classique on arrival, followed by a wide range of teas and coffees and a cake-stand crammed with sweet and savoury treats. The Menu Smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber mini bagels Pastrami,
Beautiful dark blue Aga Cooker AGA South Africa invites you to see the AGA in its full glory, at Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, 16 – 22 May, where AGA Cookers and Fireplaces will be proudly on display. Whether you’re planning to build your own house, renovate, re-model, or simply looking for the most-loved luxury
Windfall Barrel No 41 Robertson Wines always spring surprises. This region known about 50 years ago for its sweet wine, now delivers international award winning white, reds and bubblies. They are exported all over the world. Windfall is situated in the Agterkliphoogte Valley, a small boutique wine farm and as they have it ‘one of
Steenberg BistroSixteen82, the Tasting Room & The Cellar Steenberg’s trendy Bistro Sixteen82 has come up with a fabulous way to spend a chilly winter morning in Constantia with the new hearty Vintner’s Breakfast. Kerry Kilpin - Bistro Sixteen82 chef This special breakfast for wine lovers includes a glass of Steenberg bubbly with your choice of
Corlea Fourie “Calm, precise, intuitive and softly spoken; always up for a challenge”, that’s how Bosman CEO Petrus Bosman describes their award-winning winemaker, Corlea Fourie. The 2017 vintage is Corlea’s 10th at the Bosman cellar, and she has much to be proud of. A quick glance at the latest Platter will reassure with a 5
A fine roast leg of lamb with figs Roast leg of lamb. A traditional dish in many cultures. The dinner-table highlight of many a special celebration. The thought of which, brings emotion and memories and hunger... Lesser things have been allocated a special day on the calendar, so it makes good sense to join the
Catharina’s Executive Chef, Archie Maclean Catharina’s Executive Chef, Archie Maclean, has tweaked his special lunch menu with more choice and additional comfort dishes that fit the bill perfectly for a cosy fireside lunch in Steenberg’s idyllic Cape Dutch surroundings. Catherina's One of the jewels on the Constantia wine route, Catharina’s Restaurant offers a two or
Judi Dyer OLDENBURG VINEYARDS, has appointed Judi Dyer as Managing Director, with effect from April 2017. Judi’s vast and varied experience with top brands ranging across hospitality, wine and olive oil industries (amongst others), has her uniquely poised to join and lead the Oldenburg team for owners Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy. Oldenburg's Rondekop Hill in
Nuy Winery’s Tasting Room & Restaurant, On the Hill Nuy Winery’s new tasting room and restaurant, On the Hill, invites you to celebrate all mothers this Mother’s Day with a scrumptious lunch and a complimentary bottle of Nuy Sauvignon Blanc off dry bubbly! Join them for a leisurely three course lunch on 14 May 2017
Charl du Plessis Spice Route Winemaker with assistant-winemaker Licia Solomons Spice Route Wines has once again performed exceptionally well at the National Wine Challenge awards, with five of its wines receiving top honours. The premier awards event, now in its seventh successful year, was held on 26 April 2017 in Cape Town and played host
Asara Wine Estate Vineyards looking East Asara Wines Estate in the Polkadraai Hills in Stellenbosch has already nearly filled its medal and awards cupboard for 2017 with both local and international awards for their wines. Janette van Lill, Danielle le Roux CWM & Christiaan Nigrini Now the Asara Winemaking team, headed by Danielle le Roux
The Gamekeeper, by Richard Ansdell (1815–85) Autumn is upon us and it is time to start thinking of warming dishes for the cooler evenings. There are any number of chicken dishes, coq au vin, coq au Riesling and Chicken Marengo, reputed to have been prepared by Napoleon’s cook after the Battle of Marengo. The dish
The 2017 National Wine Challenge winners were announced on 25 April 2017 and Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl was named a Vineyard Consistency Award winner, garnering over 10 top accolades this year. In addition, Fairview took joint second place overall across the entire spectrum of categories and wines. Fairview Wine & Cheese Estate
Corlien Morris, Owner of The Wine Menu, Bluebird Shopping Centre, Atholl The Wine Menu Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival, which takes on Thursday, May 18, from 18h00 at Killarney Country Club’s Crystal Room. Festivalgoers will taste more than 80 of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as those wines from France, Chile
Charl du Plessis, winemaker of Spice Route Wines I said recently in a piece that I wrote, I would happily drink any wine from Spice Route, just friendly wines and perfect food partners. Charl du Plessis has been winemaker for Spice Route for the past 15 years. I wanted to get to know him better.
Kerry Kilpin at the pass Warm up this winter with a menu brimming with value and Chef Kerry Kilpin’s exciting seasonal tweaks at Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s trendy cellar door restaurant in Constantia. For an indulgent lunch of bistro-style comfort food, there’s a special hearty and homely winter menu to keep you fuelled until the end
Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery at Spier Hoghouse BBQ is a special place run by special man PJ Vadas. PJ worked for me in my Cape Town Restaurant and then went on to bigger and better things with Gordon Ramsay, where he helped open the Restaurant in the London Hotel. Back home he worked at The
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel on ice South African Airways announced its annual Wine of the Year Awards at a dinner held at Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, 8 April. The awards were made in four categories: white wines, red wines, Cape Tawny and Méthode Cap Classique wines. Frans & Liza Malan The Wine of
Plaisir de Merle Manor House Plaisir de Merle is hosting winemaker’s table dinners in May, August and October of this year and I would greatly appreciate it if you could share the below dates and details with your readers. SAVE THESE DATES – 13 May 2017 and 12 August 2017 for Winemaker’s Table dinners at
Taste the Helderberg It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight. Excellent reds For one night only, wine farms and restaurants in the desirable Helderberg region spread their rainbow colours in a showcase of fine
Jump on The Bant Wagon - Nick Charlie Key As everyone seems to be, Nick Charlie Key, is seriously into Banting. In a city where Banting is the buzz word, Jump on the Bant Wagon, subtitled Quick and Easy on a Tight Budget, apart from its mildly corny title, is an excellent addition to the
Free Time At Spier. How Will You Spend It? Book 3 nights. Have 20% off. Time to catch your breath and ease the pace. Enjoy three nights of peace and quiet, with farm meals and picnics, award-winning wines, plenty of quiet time, and the cosy feeling of the winelands in winter – on an historical
Catharina's Restaurant on Steenberg Estate Join Executive Chef Archie Maclean and accomplished Kaapzicht winemaker Danie Steytler for the ultimate winter food and wine experience at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg on Thursday, 11 May. Known for his adventurous take on classic dishes, Chef Archie has come up trumps again with a four course menu that will
Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc Charles Back is one of the leaders in the ‘new age of the Swartland’ from the mid 1990s when he purchased a tobacco farm, Klein Amoskuil. Close to Paarl, Darling and Malmesbury, it was found to have the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the country. I have visited there and it
Delicious Low Carb - Sally-Ann Creed Sally-Ann Creed is elegantly monikered as a Functional Integrative Nutritional Therapist. As co-author of the brilliantly successful The Real Meal Revolution, she has already carved her name as a hero alongside the greats like Tim Noakes, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot, her co-authors. She has a raft of other
Bertus Basson Homegrown Such fun to be able to tell you about two ‘local’ books today. One from a restaurant, which to my obvious shame, I had not heard of Sababa and one from one of my all-time favourite people, Bertus Basson. Bertus with his pet pig when he was a Speklet For me the
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 Two recent arrivals from which we have had much pleasure this week. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 Kleine Zalze have produced fine wines for about 20 years. I remember having their Gamay Noir on my wine list in the mid 1990s. The grapes for this
The South African Milk Tart Collection by Callie Maritz & Mari-Louis Guy There cannot be a single Afrikaans speaking family in the country that has escaped the bliss of the iconic South African dessert and tea bake Milk Tart. There may be many who have not tasted it and more’s the pity. As with most
I was invited by a large wine estate to come and taste through their 30 plus wines with their 6 winemakers. I arrived with a pad, 6 2B pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. Oh and I did take my diary in which I write information in pencil. You can rub it out of
Smeul - Riana Scheepers, Marietjie Koekemoer & Leonie Scholtz I was told recently that one of the growth areas in the publishing world is Afrikaans Cookery Books. I am not surprised given the quality and excellence of these two books received over recent days. Marietjie Koekemoer has been a friend for a number of years.
The Glenelly Homestead in its vineyards Read more about Glenelly Wine Estate - CLICK HERE
A cup of the finest South African infusion - Rooibos Tea With this April’s “Rooibos Experience” in the spotlight, visitors to the festival will be able to taste and experiment with the widest range of gourmet rooibos flavours in food, drink and so much more while being treated to traditions and dances exclusive to only
Twenty million wine lovers have voted in the annual Vivino Wine Style Awards and reviewers have recognised Bellingham’s The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah as one of the top wines from South Africa. Vivino is the world’s largest wine application (app), allowing a global wine community to buy, rate and review wines. This popular wine
Alfrieda Hanse – Farm Supervisor Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. Alfrieda Hanse is a farm supervisor at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm near Paarl. She grew up in the Northern Cape and has been employed by Spier for almost 17
Wilton Sikhosana at work It’s all about people, the hospitality and wine industry – especially at Spier, such a diverse and exciting Wine Estate, Winery, Hotel, Restaurants and and and…. Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. The green fingered
Alfie's Pizzeria, Pretoria John Fraser, Business Editor and Website Owner of ZA Confidential, wrote this piece after a visit to Alfies. I wanted to board a plane to go and eat there. He said One of my favourite cartoons shows a diner being offered a sprinkle of that horrible fake parmesan you can find. The
Cleaned Porcini on my Kitchen Table The Boschendal Estate has a variety of microclimate areas which are perfect for the growth of wild mushrooms. You are invited to spend a day, part of which is foraging for wild mushrooms with Justin Williams. Since boyhood Justin has been a keen forager and given his love for
Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chilled Cucumber Soup with grape & watermelon salsa – 21.03.2017
Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 Glen Carlou Wine Estate produces three different Chardonnay styles, two of them are wooded and the third is the Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016. A pair of Nomblot Eggs Interesting about this wine is that it was fermented in what is known as a Nomblot Egg, a a porous clay
Soettand by Koelsoem Kamalie & Flori Schrikker Lapa Publishing has recently produced a couple of very exciting cookery books written by two Cape Town Ladies who are really Kaaps monikered Koelsoem Kamalie and Flori Schrikker. You would search a long time finding names more Cape in nature. Flori Schrikker The ladies are regular broadcasters on
Vergenoegd Wine Estate offers End of Harvest Long Table Lunches on On Friday 31st March, Saturday 1st April and Sunday 2nd April
The Vergenoegd Manor House & Werf After the success of the Harvest Long Table Lunches at the end of last year’s harvest, Vergenoegd Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is holding a series of End of Harvest Long Table Lunches at the end of the month. The Duck Parade - coming home after a
Parmalat’s Mature Gouda (10 months) made for Woolworths Parmalat’s Mature Gouda (10 months) made especially for Woolworths wore the crown as the 2017 SA Dairy Product of the Year at the Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Gala (17 March). This cheese, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese, follows in the footsteps of their 6-month matured Gouda that won this
Slanghoek Private Selection Chardonnay 2016 Slanghoek is a place of great beauty. I have been there but once and have a yearning to go back. The mountains, the trees, the vineyards. Also, a place of excellent wine. The Slanghoek Private Selection Chardonnay 2016 being one of them. The wine recently took the award for the
Riebeek Cellars presents the Wild Olive Acoustic Stage - 7 & 8 May 2017 Stretch out on our lawn with a glass of Riebeek Cellars' latest vintages and enjoy our jam-packed line-up including acoustic sets by Francois van Coke, Valliant Swart, Soetmelk, Marcia Moon, Mono.Pony and more... Riebeek Pinotage Rosé While enjoying toe-tapping tunes, a
DGB Group Winemaker, JC Bekker Producer’s wines to be showcased following stellar performance at the international trade tasting MUNDUS VINI in Germany. South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producer and distributor, DGB, (producer of iconic wine brands such as; Boschendal, Bellingham, Brampton, Franschhoek Cellars, Douglas Green, Tall Horse, The Beachhouse, amongst others), has been
Some bubbles in our fridge for regular drinking. I have always been an advocate of not saving your bubbles for a special occasion and to treat the wine to the food you want to serve with it. Current Bubblies in our fridge Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut Entheos Brut MCC Philip Jonker makes a pearler of
The Table Bay Hotel presents An Evening with Nederburg – Platter’s Winery of the Year 2017 on 6th April
The Table Bay Hotel in the evening Wine lovers are invited to explore South Africa’s premier wines at The Table Bay with one of the country’s foremost wine experts and publisher of the Platter’s By Diners Club South African Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, in a series of exclusive pairing evenings to be hosted in 2017. The
Boschendal at Full Moon Legend has it that energies are intensified on the night of a full moon. Meaning that your state of mind at the time, will be magnified! Make sure to increase only positive vibrations by joining Boschendal for the last Full Moon Picnic of the season. What to expect at the Full
Michael Deg, Executive Chef at Delaire Graff Restaurant When announcements are made for national restaurant competitions, Top Tens, The Best in the Land, or whatever, I am always surprised not to see Michael Deg’s name on the list. Here is a young chef who is passionate and dedicated and talented, who for me rises above
Steenberg Manor House in its beautiful garden Enhance your youthful radiance and reconnect with your inner voice in the tranquil surrounds of Steenberg Spa, a place of rejuvenation and utter relaxation amidst the vineyards. Nurturing and elegantly appointed to take you on a sensory journey of discovery, serenity and regeneration, Steenberg Spa offers a respite
Desiderius Pongrácz and friends I was fortunate to know Desiderius Pongrácz and his herd of little dachshunds which went everywhere with him. He helped so many young winemakers with advice on planting and all manner of winemaking techniques. The Cap Classique wines named for him are well known and achieve compliments and awards from local
Tops at Spar Wine Fun at Montecasino Welcome to WINEderland where the stars are red, white and wild! Kicking off the 2017 national tour, the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show is back in Johannesburg, and for the first time at Montecasino, to present its 12th spectacular “pourformance” of South Africa’s most loved wines and bubbly
Current White Wine in our fridge Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016 On the Villiera Estate there is an old bush vine Weather Station clone of Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes produce a serious wine from a small yield. Pour Elegant label design. Gem bright pale gold in the glass. I loved the ‘clean’ flavours, grapefruit,
The Nuy Red Muscadel Medal Winners Die Vine Intervention is a series of podcasts which John Fraser, broadcaster, financial journalist, business editor and publisher of ZAConfidential.com, a South African Business website, and I record and which appear both on John’s website and mine. Here we talk about two fabulous sweeties, the fabulous multi award winning
De Wetshof, replica of the Koopmans De Wet House in Cape Town Harvest time is Mosbolletjie time at De Wetshof Estate in the Robertson Valley. Danie de Wet and his sons Johann and Peter are Chardonnay Specialists. They also produce a range of red wines and MCCs. Mosbolletjies by Francina Blaauw of De Wetshof The