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Distell launches a new Premium Wine Company…
Sawid 2019, the Directory which puts South African Wine at your fingertips…
Seventy reasons to enjoy Roodeberg in 2019 …
Three vinous gems from the Nuy Winery with matching recipes from Dianne Bibby…
De Krans Premium Moscato Wines – a refreshing alternative to bubbly…
Greenhouse Restaurant at The Cellars Hohenort welcomes new Head Chef, Farrel Hirsch…
Sue Torrance’s Take Root and Grow, a growing gardening guide, launched at Asara…
HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR READERS…..
Today, I thought I would present some recently tasted Bits and Bobs for the holiday week ahead…
Spier – on the Eerste River, a gem in the Stellenbosch Wine Crown…
Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch – well worth the drive…
A Merry & Much Blessed Christmas dear readers…
Advent Calendar #24 2018…
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Advent Calendar #13 2018, part 1…
Advent Calendar #13 2018, Part 2…..
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Advent Calendar #7 2018
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Steenberg Wine Estate, new seasonal dishes refresh the menu at Catharina’s Restaurant…..
Advent Calendar #5 2018…
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Advent Calendar #2 2018…
Advent Calendar #1 2018…
Past Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé, Rüdger van Wyk is 2018 Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year…
RiffelCarstens – two of my favourite Chefs get together….
Always exciting stuff going on at Spier, the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Estate …
Online wine marketplace Port2Port rated SA’s best receives global recognition for its comprehensive wine catalogue…
Boplaas unveils Collector’s Edition 6yo Cape Tawny Whisky…
The Shy Chef, Groot Phesantekraal’s Juan Van Deventer…..
Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market returns bigger, better & bolder in December…
Jéanri Nel – Making Good Hoogeberg Craft Beer is a Brewer at the top of her game…
Klein Kook en Geniet – a version for young people by S J A de Villiers & Eunice van der Berg…
Nitida launches The Grande Matriarch MCC 2015, … three years in the making for cellar’s first 100% Pinot Noir bubbly…
Stir up Sunday & Aunt Muriel’s Christmas Pudding…
Agulhas, the oldest lighthouse outside of Cape Town, and the two wines named for the Land’s End …
Marilyn Gantana – Marilyn Kuier en Kook…
Perdeberg Classic Collection Merlot 2017, perfect partner to Tracy Foulkes’s Festive Vegetarian Wellington…
15 Minutes with Darielle Robertson, Organiser of The Cape Wine Auction…
Rutendo Ruth Marovatsanga – winner of the One & Only Young Star Chef of the Year Award…
Van Loveren brings you Almost Zero, good summer lunch wine with Nina Timm’s Smoked Mackerel Salad with Summer Fruit…
Haute Cabrière unveils a new look in time for The Festive Season…
5 minutes with Debbie Mc Laughlin of Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post, Darling…
A duo of Lanzerac Pinotages & a Cinsaut Pinot Noir blend called Prof….
5 minutes with Morgan Steyn Cape Winemaker’s Guild Protégé doing his internship at Delaire Graff…
Melaurea Mead Methode Traditionelle, a modern riff on Mead by Matthew Krone…
Platter’s Wine Guide reveals Bellingham’s impressive ratings…
International Merlot Day & I look at Asara The Vineyard Collection Merlot 2017 with Dianne Bibby’s Roast Butternut & Lentil Bobotie…
New Wine & Fynbos Cupcake pairing highlights Delheim’s eco-passion…
Asara #6, the Vineyard Collection Pinotage Rosé 2018, delicious with Dianne Bibby’s Wild Rice Salad with Sweet Peppers…
Six Platter’s 5-Stars in Three Years for Shannon Vineyards & Merlot of the Year Award…
Platter’s Five Star triumph for Steenberg The Black Swan 2017…..
Iain Banner appointed to Cape Wine Auction Trust Board…
Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015 awarded a coveted 5-Star rating in Platter’s 2019 South African Wine Guide…
Spier’s First Light Art Show 2018 – put it in your diary now…
Save the date! Asara Wine Estate’s Pure Gin Festival on 8th December…
Asara’s mise en place opens with a fabulous new menu to go with the Estate’s fine wines….
6 Reasons to visit Simonsig this festive season…..
Syrah Masterclass features top wines from SA and the world….
Vegan & Vegetarian menus burst with flavour at Bistro Sixteen82 for World Vegan Day – Thursday, 1 November 2018
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a vibrant summer sparkler…
Durbanville Hills launches Prestigious Collectors Reserve Range … a collector’s item for both wine and art lovers alike…
Graham Viney – The Last Hurrah, South Africa and the Royal Tour of 1947…
Holden Manz Chardonnay Reserve 2017, a gem of a wine with Nina Timm’s Fish Pie…..
Julian Richfield reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Unmasked…
Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2015, needs a dish like Ina Paarman’s Lamb or Venison Potjie with Baby Onions…
The Cape Wine Auction 2019, the wine event of the year approaches…
Carrol Boyes Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 wins gold at 2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards
Stellenbosch Hills launches its latest taste extravaganza…..
The Restaurant at The Nek by Dylan Laity Is now open…
Rooiberg Flagship Reserve Shiraz 2016, a sublime expression of its terroir….
Groote Post’s Lukas Wentzel produces a sublime blend, Salt of the Earth…
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2014 wins top Bordeaux trophy in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge…
Make a Wish at Gin O’Clock at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa…
A “TRIPLE GOLD” AT VERITAS FOR NEIL ELLIS CABERNETS – THREE YEARS IN A ROW
Southern Cross Gin – generous in aroma, mouthfeel & softness in flavour…
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil again best in South Africa in the Flos Olei International Guide…
Two Studs from Excelsior, Peter de Wet names two wines after the Estate’s stud horses…..
Durbanville Wine Valley dominates at 2018 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10..
Da Luca launches a Rosé Sparkler in South Africa, in time for Summer…
Durbanville Hills celebrates Pinotage in style….
Salsify – a brand new restaurant, opening at the historic Roundhouse, part of the Dale Roberts Stable…
Four Cousins, nine wines & 18 years of striking success, says Myrna Robins…
Vilafonté, a soil type? Yes, and also great wines by an awesome threesome…
Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs awarded as overall champion at Veritas…
Judges’ verdict? Douglas Green worth its weight in solid (double) gold
Paul Murray writes about De Grendel, the jewel of Durbanville Hills & Tygerberg…
Rascallion plays long and short with its RPM wines….
Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel adds more medals to its collection, Cape Fusion up ahead…..
SLIP INTO SUMMER: EASTERN CAPE WINE SHOW HERE SOON!
Comedy in the Vines this summer at Spier…..
Arco Laarman’s Focal Point Wines tick every box for me….
Waverley Hills Organic Wine Estate takes two globally prominent awards…
Asara #5 The Vineyard Collection Chardonnay Lightly Wooded 2015 with Dianne Bibby’s Wild Rice Salad with Sweet Peppers…
Simonsig bubbly rises to the top at this year’s Amorim MCC Challenge…
The Commissary leads the charge…
Ginsmith, fine craft gins from Groot Winterhoek…
What’s a Big Dog? An excellent MCC by John & Karen Loubser….
Secco sachets to infuse your own Gin, let the fun times begin…
Bid on rare vintage wines at Steenberg’s online Vinoteque Auction
Flames at The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff, great view, sublime food & lovely staff…
Hemelhuijs, Cape Town’s favourite breakfast spot now serving in Johannesburg at So Yum…
Delheim iconic Pinotage Rosé & Sauvignon Blanc released as Vegan friendly wines….
Aperol Spritz – must be the real thing for the first time…
Exciting news from Peter Falke Wines – read up about new vintages…..
Terroir Restaurant – I would go back for a cup of the Sauce Americaine – extends its winter offering…
Ace your Braai Day pairings with Durbanville Hills wines…..
Asara #4 The Asara Vineyard Collection Pinotage 2017, good match with Dianne Bibby’s Tunisian Chickpea Soup…
Soak up Summer with De Krans Free-Run Chenin Blanc 2018…
Lozärn Wines from Bonnievale, making their mark. Alida Ryder provides the food matches…
Heritage Day Celebration at Simonsig, live music, great Cuvée food & sublime wines…..
Plaisir de Merle & Niel Bester go together like horse & carriage…
Tetley’s Flavoured Green Teas in Lemon, Mint and Apple, a big hit…..
Silver Creek Craft Distillery launches Margarita Moonshine, just in time for summer parties…
Oldenburg Vineyards, Nic van Aarde steps up to the plate as new Winemaker….
De Grendel Dazzles in Red at The Sommelier’s Selection 2018…
Red Wine Rendezvous at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 ….
KWV commemorates 100 years with The Centenary, Limited Edition MCC…
Riebeek Cellars celebrates its 75 year with three new vintages of their stonking good wines….
Lautus Savvy White hits the spot without the guilt
Asara #1 – Asara The Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2017, with Dianne Bibby’s Ricotta & Tomato Flatbread…
Jacques Viljoen an exceptional addition as Cellarmaster to the Boschendal Winemaking Team
Reward yourself with a Roodeberg winter red wine reunion
Assaggi – a place of happy memories for me, current happiness for John Fraser…
Jazz & Cheese Fondue at Delheim – every Sunday from 24 June to 26 August
Red Wine Rendezvous at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82, Thursday, 28 June 2018…
Gin & Negroni Cocktails happily flow at Asara’s Sansibar…
Carrol Boyes Fine Red Blend 2014, a fine accompaniment to meats with caramelly bits…
Groote Posts The Old Man’s Blends, perfect for Dad on Father’s Day…
Wine Concepts – Annual Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration 08.06.18…
Negronis at The Sansibar Gin Bar this week….
Asara Wine Estate appoints Johan Joubert as Cellarmaster…
Groot Constantia – ‘well worth a visit’, the Michelin Guide would say…
Asara Luxury Hotel offers a Springbok Shank & Shiraz dish in the Sansibar Bistro…
Boschendal offers an exciting Mushroom Foraging Weekend & a Father’s Day Long Sunday Lunch – book now
Terroir drops Winter Meal Prices….
Muskadel SA Awards 2018 results – Bon Courage you beauty
International Chardonnay Day, Asara produces a delicious one…
Simonsig 50 – written by Emile Joubert
Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase offers wine treasure trove
5 minutes with Mareli Erasmus, Head Pastry Chef at Delaire Graff Restaurant….
Vondeling Monsonia 2015, a seriously delicious red wine and an endangered flower species…
Impressive Line-Up at Wine Menu’s Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival 2018
Haute Cabrière Restaurant keeps the fire burning this winter…
Holden Manz – producers of fine Cabernet Franc…
Durbanville shines in two wines from Groot Phesantekraal…
Garden Route Wines – 2 gems from Outeniqua…
Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blancs for International Sauvignon Blanc Day 4th May
De Grendel Restaurant offers a new 3 course Lunch Menu
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
Lucullan adventures at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel…
Aquiver for a glass of Rascallion Word Collection Aquiver 2016? You should be!
Delaire Graff Restaurant Kiwi & Lime Pre-Dessert….
Spier #101 – three delicious whites for Summer….
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival Presented by Pick n Pay 2018, Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February 2018
Rascallion Pandiculation 2015 – a wine by Ross Sleet part of The Word Collection…
Stark-Condé & MAN Vintners Wine announcements, interesting times ahead…
Carrol Boyes, doyenne of South African Design, now produces premium wines…
Spier offers an embarrassment of riches in its restaurant options….
Boschendal’s Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut named a Top Ten MCC over a ten year period…
Q&A with Noxolo Hlongwane Nedbank Private Wealth’s Head of Philanthropy on sponsorship of The Cape Wine Auction
Durbanville Hills Trail Run on Sunday 4th February, have some fun in the vineyards – no hills…
Franschhoek Summer Wines at Leopard’s Leap | 3 February 2018
KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old….
mise en place, everything in its place, finds a place at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel…..
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil again a Flos Olei star….
Org de Rac Cellarmaster Frank Meaker, launches two new top-Tier Organic Wines under the Die Waghuis label…,
Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2017 with Anina Meyer’s Spicy Sweet Potato & Couscous Veggie Bowl
Merry Merry Merry….
Advent Calendar #24 Bon Courage Inkará Merlot 2015, a fine Robertson Red
Advent Calendar #23, The Asara Bell Tower 2012, a fine Stellenbosch red blend
Glenelly Wine Estate – the perfect destination in Stellenbosch…
Advent Calendar #21 red wine is the sublime Grangehurst 350 Pinotage 2009….
Advent Calendar #20 Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…
Advent Calendar #19 Spier Creative Block 3 2014, an excellent Rhone style blend…
The Fruit Cube – the way to office health and happy people…
Advent Calendar #18 wine – Fairview Grenache 2015 Old Piekenierskloof Bush Vines…
Advent Calendar #17, a treasure of Silverthorns….
Advent Calendar #16 Red Wine, De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016…
Advent Calendar #15 wine Boplaas Cape Ruby Port…
ADVENT CALENDAR #14, LEOPARD’S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS MERLOT 2016….
Advent Calendar #13 wine – The Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2015…
‘Pure Gin’ at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel on 16.12.2017
Advent Calendar #12, Grangehurst Pinotage 2008, sublime Helderberg blend…
Conservation Champions Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel, caring for the environment….
Advent Calendar #11 – Bon Courage The Pepper Tree Shiraz 2013…
Advent Calendar #10, Yonder Hill Danilo Rosé 2017, a blend of 2 red varieties….
Advent Calendar #9 is the Fleur du Cap Essence du Cap Pinot Noir 2016
Advent Calendar #8 – Earthbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, an organic certified wine from Darling…
Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016, a fine partner to Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken – 08.12.2017
Wine4friends, December offering of stunning wines…
Advent Calendar #7 – Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2015, Danie Malan creating dry reds from Portuguese grape varieties…
Advent Calendar #6 – Bon Courage The Mulberry Bush Merlot 2016
Advent Calendar #5 – Grangehurst Cape Rosé Blend 2015, a rosé with a college education…
Advent Calendar #4 – Linton Park Café Cabernet 2017
Advent Calendar #3 – Eikendal Charisma 2016 with its touch of la dolce vita…
Advent Calendar #2 – Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015, an intense expression of this grape…
Vespri, Morgenster’s Vermentino addition to their The Italian Collection….
Snow Mountain Artisanal Wines, made in beautiful Wellington…
Advent Calendar #1 – Spier Secret…
The Southern Moonshine revolution, get set & get tasting…..
Closet – the remarkable wardrobe of Nataniël….
Sugarbird, new kid on the block, a fine Cape gin, named for a fine Cape Bird….
Dalewood Fromage Huguenot & Boland triumph at the 2017 World Cheese Awards…
New to Stellenbosch Hills…yadda yadda…bacon!
Lightly Sparkling – Robertson Winery’s New Vintage Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir Rosé, perfect for invigorating summer refreshment….
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignons – gems in the Stellenbosch Wine Crown…
Southern Cross Gin, a craft gin made with waters from the southernmost tip of Africa…
Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate to host Live Summer Sunday Concerts…..
Churchill and Smuts – the friendship by Richard Steyn. A truly great read, here reviewed by Peter Soal…
Bottega, Prosecco producers of note, offer a cute gift pack
Boschendal 10 year old Potstill Brandy, great with Dalewood Huguenot…
Fizz up your festivities with Polkadraai’s new fun bubbly
Steenberg Lady R grande cuvée 2012 takes 5 stars in Platter’s
Haute Cabrière Restaurant fires up the stoves for exciting summer dishes…
wine4friends – let me help you find some new wine tastes…
Make a statement with SA’s latest rainbow-delish liqueurs
Nuy Winery – keeps Veritas crown as best fortified wine producer…..
Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017 – a first white from the predominantly red wine producing Swartland Estate…
De Wetshof Continues its Domination of Veritas Category for un-wooded Chardonnays…
Spier Comedy in the Vines – wanna laugh? 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….
Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2015 – a 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….
Nuy knighted at 21st Michelangelo Awards. Home of some of the finest Sweet Wines and home to Celine…
Waverley Hills, an organic winery in the Tulbagh Wine Appellation, introduces two new fabulous wines…
Delheim’s legendary Spatz Sperling passes away
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…
The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’ 2 & 3 December 2017
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…
Delaire Graff’s Indochine Chef Virgil Kahn offers one of his popular dishes, Asparagus & Broccoli….
Spier Farm launches The Spier 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.
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 named for Heritage Cattle
Du Toitskloof Winery emerges victorious in a Pork War to remember in the Du Toitskloof Muratie Annual Cook Off….
Boerekos met ‘n Twist – heritage food tweaked by Annelien Pienaar, well known cook & food writer
Yonder Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & a herd of Ankole Cattle, and of course Abé Beukes, legendary winemaker
Boschendal MCC bubblies shine gold at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
A Bite of Latin America by Susie Chatz-Anderson. Take a trip to South America in your own kitchen….
Diemersdal launches first wine under new Wine of Origin Cape Town Label
Biostilla Organic Gin – gin is in, and so is this excellent organic example. Made from ecologially sound soft wheat and botanicals….
Broad Valley Pinot Noir 2014, and a superb Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Overberg
Simonsig Summer Fun. Premier Wine Estate offers not only the finest wine, also some interesting events
Delheim Grand Reserve 2014, the latest vintage of its flagship, which crowns this Stellenbosch stalwart’s red wine portfolio
Springfield Estate, a jewel in the crown of the beautiful Robertson Wine Appellation
Vriesenhof Wines by Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee, a legend in his life time
La Bri Estate’s Vineyard & Cellar Renaissance – a little Franschhoek gem
Alto Rouge 2015, a Stellenbosch icon, awarded by The Sommeliers Selection Awards
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.
Mulderbosch Vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation – a destination on its own.
Breedekloof Wine Valley: where legends live on
Arco Laarman strikes out on the road less travelled
Spier people – Joyce Malefane, Assistant Restaurant Manager
The Merwida Family Vintners Chenin Blanc 2016, an honour to her Oupa by Lieza van der Merwe
Old Biscuit Mill – Noble Vice, a food and wine feast this Sunday
Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel – well worth the visit as the Guide Michelin would say..
The Gin Box – don’t ask, just get it
The Beachhouse Beach Clean Up
Boschendal Potstill Brandy – exquisite, ambrosial, smooth, round
Cheese Baker – Baked Lanquedoc with fresh thyme & honey and Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2016 – 30.07.2017
Franschhoek Uncorked Festival – 16 & 17 September 2017
Simonsig Wine Estate Icons of Yesteryear up for tasting on Vintage Day
Eikendal Vineyards 2017 Winter Pizza & Wine Pairing Experience
Eikendal Vineyards help you melt the cold away with a Swiss Cheese Fondue
Spier Farm people – meet Ben Ngubesilo, banqueting manager
Wine Menu owner Corlien Morris unlocks the Unusuals
Cape Brewing Company Brrrrew Event at the Spice Route Destination on 28 July
Boschendal’s Roving Dinner, a Nose-to-Tail Affair on Saturday 5 August 2017
Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration – a Luke Krone Event
Nederburg Proe Paarl Winter Festival unlock your story
Steenberg Charity Trail Run – Lace up your winter trainers on Saturday 12 August 2017
Glenelly – French flair in a Cape Vineyard
Single-variety Shiraz pioneer takes the lead in Shiraz-based blends
Wine Concepts Seductive Sauvignons – 18th August
Delaire Graff’s Indochine with Virgil Kahn & his Black Pepper Springbok loin
Cheese Baker Cheese on toast with a twist
De Grendel Restaurant is a TripAdvisor Favourite with the 2017 Certificate of Excellence
Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2016, a premium Franschhoek blend
Dainty Bess, an enchanting 100% Pinot Noir MCC
Mont Blois – Robertson Royalty
Spice Route Wines launches its iconic Amos Block Perpetual Reserve
Pepper Tree Cottage, Penhill Farm, Nuy, happy stay
Dewar’s The Monarch 15 year old Scotch Whisky
Vineyard Views Country House – excellence in Riebeek Kasteel
Spice Route Saffron Rosé 2016 & Nina Timm’s Deboned Roast Chicken with dates & goat’s cheese – 13.06.2017
DeWaal Cab is King! And so is Dad! Celebrate Father’s Day with a special offer
Spier – taste the farm with good food at Eight
Southern Cross, a launch of a new gin on World Gin Day
The Game Reserve, wines from Rooiberg Robertson…
Shiraz Stars for 2017 announced
Youthful Energy at Villiera Wines
Morgenster – the liquid gold that is Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Inverroche does World Gin Day on Saturday, 10 June
Spier offers a fab Father’s Day Lunch
Things to do at this Wacky Wine Weekend, Robertson
The Food Barn – an invitation you don’t refuse…
Morgenster – elegant, sublime, fabulous wines
ASARA – one stop Stellenbosch Wine Estate
Simonsig Merindol Takes Rare Gold at Syrah du Monde
Allée Bleue latest releases by Van Zyl du Toit….
Azolile Khoncoshe – beneficiary of Nederburg Auctioneers Initiative
“Simple” yet “bold” are the words for Louisa Greeff’s Winter Menu at The Durbanville Hills Restaurant
Lanzerac releases maiden Chenin Blanc & first Syrah in more than 10 years
Sunday Feast at Haute Cabrière from 1 May to 30 September 2017
Cape to Rio Rowing Expedition Done & Dusted
Benguela Cove Wines launches New English Vineyard
Steenberg – Winter wonderland of contemporary classics at Catharina’s
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – a gem from Robertson
Barley & Biltong on Spice Route – Winter Brrrew Fun
Terroir, still the hottest meal ticket, offers a Chalkboard Winter Menu
Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake & Snow Mountain Malbec 2016
The Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch returns to Hartenberg Wine Estate 28 May 2017
Sharpen your Culinary Skills with New Interactive Cooking Classes at Durbanville Hills – 27 June & 29 July
Baleia Wines Erhard Pinot Noir 2014 – family tradition in the making
Break in Payday with Spice Route’s First Brrrrew Event
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017
Where to taste the finest Chardonnays & Pinot Noirs
Steenberg winter escape in The Constantia Winelands
Spier Hotel offers Mother’s Day High Tea
AGA Cookers & Fireplaces showcase at Hyde Park Corner
Windfall Wines – a gem in the Robertson Crown
Steenberg launches Vintner’s Breakfast at Bistro Sixteen82
Corlea celebrates 10 years at Bosman Vineyards
Celebrate Roast Leg of Lamb Day on 7 May
Archie McLean offers pocket friendly winter lunches at Steenberg’s Catharina’s Restaurant
Judi Dyer – Managing Director of Oldenburg Vineyards
Nuy Winery – Mother’s Day festivities
Spice Route Wines shine at The 2017 National Wine Challenge
Asara scores at Top 100 Wines…
The Gamekeeper’s Chicken Pot
Fairview takes top honours at the 2017 National Wine Challenge
Wine Menu’s Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival May 8th
Spice Route Wines – I talk to Charl du Plessis, Winemaker…
Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 offers cosy winter value..
Hoghouse BBQ & Beats at Spier
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, SAA Wine of the Year
Plaisir de Merle Winemaker’s Dinners, May August & October
Slay your winter blues at ‘Taste the Helderberg’ epicurean fest
Books for Cooks – Jump on The Bant Wagon
Spier’s Free time on the Farm
Steenberg meets Kaapzicht for a sizzling food & wine evening
Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc – with my deconstructed Sushi
Books for Cooks – Delicious Low Carb
Books for Cooks for Easter – two ‘locals’
Kleine Zalze, our current wines this week…
Books for Cooks – The South African Milk Tart Collection
Books for Drivers…
Books for Cooks for Easter, Smeul & Toor met Hoender
Glenelly Wine Estate – we welcome a website partner
Get acquainted with Rooibos as never before at this year’s inaugural “Rooibos Experience”
Bellingham rated as one of the best by users of the world’s largest wine app
Spier, all about its people – Alfrieda Hanse, Farm Supervisor
Spier, it’s all about the people, Wilton Sikhosana
Can we Toque? Excellent Review of Alfie’s Pizzeria in Pretoria by John Fraser
Annual Mushroom forage at Boschendal with Justin Williams on May 6th
Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chilled Cucumber Soup with grape & watermelon salsa – 21.03.2017
Books for Cooks – Soettand
Vergenoegd Wine Estate offers End of Harvest Long Table Lunches on On Friday 31st March, Saturday 1st April and Sunday 2nd April
Woolworths Mature Gouda steals the Limelight
Current wines for the drinking & a great local whisky
Riebeek Cellars Wild Olive Acoustic Stage – 6 & 7 May 2017
DGB Wines to be honoured as Best South African Producer at world’s largest wine fair, ProWein
Current bubbles in the fridge, Weltevrede, Paul René & Bottega,
The Table Bay Hotel presents An Evening with Nederburg – Platter’s Winery of the Year 2017 on 6th April
Boschendal’s Full Moon Picnic – last of the Summer on Monday 13 March 2017
Delaire Graff Chef Michael Deg continues to shine
Steenberg Spa – idyllic place of rejuvenation in the vineyards
Desiderius Pongrácz 2009, a wine to honour Pongrácz
The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Welcomes you to WINEderland!
Current wines from Villiera & a pair from Robertson
Two great ‘sweeties’ on Die Vine Intervention
De Wetshof – Mosbolletjie time
De Grendel – some happy feasting
The Table Bay, Camissa offers excitement on the new menu
De Grendel celebrates a first award of 2017 with the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015
Nothing but an AGA Ludlow Fireplace to warm you this winter
Nuy Winery gives back to the community
Neethlingshof Music Wednesdays, April to September
Nederburg’s story is in the detail
27th Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival, Summer Place in Hyde Park May 16 & 17
Experience the Cuisine of Collaboration at Luke Dale Roberts X Saxon
Nederburg offers young wine, delicious food & fun during Ommiberg 2017
Eikendal amuses with Weintaufe Harvest Carnival
Send your wine samples for Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017
Robertson Wine Valley Hands on Harvest – 10th to 12 March 2017, Taste the Lifestyle
Harvest brings bonhomie & beards back to Bot River
So many great reasons to visit the 2017 South African Cheese Festival!
Let Gabriëlskloof sweep you away to the Mediterranean
Boschendal offers a Full Moon Picnic on Friday 10 February 2017
Current Wines, Eikendal & Wildehurst…great drinking
Current Wines – excellent organics from Waverley Hills
No Ordinary Carrot Cake
Haute Cabrière Restaurant – well worth a visit as they say in the Michelin Guide
KWV Classic Collection Shiraz Rosé 2016 & Mynhardt Joubert’s Pan fried trout with pickled ginger mash
Legendary pioneering South African wineries, Dalla Cia, Raats Family Wines and Kaapzicht partner with Port2Port
Muratie Harvest Festival,Saturday 18th February 2017 from 11h30
12forward launches Cape Town…
Danie Morkel joins De Wetshof as Winemaker
Current wines, Dagbreek & Dragonridge – 22.01.2017
Outdoor Valentine’s Day movie at Spier: The Best of Me
Books for Cooks – Annatjie Melck’s Koljander, Koljander so deur die Bosch
Old School Romance at Lanzerac this Valentine’s Day
Current Wines, La Petite Ferme & Dragon Ridge – 17.01.2017
Cape Wine Auction 2017 – 10 & 11 February 2017
Sam Linsell’s Roast Chicken with Stout, Rosemary & Honey
Current Wines, Nativo & Alto – 15.01.2017
Uitkyk offers Valentine’s Classic Outdoor Movie Night
De Grendel Wines launches De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2015
4th Street – Fastest growing wine brand in the world
Stellenbosch Street Soirees back in full swing
Stellenbosch Vineyards receives Top Honours from Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2017
Chicken with bacon & baby tomatoes, with Willow Creek Olive Oils
Boschendal Full Moon Picnic – 12.01.2017
Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2015 – another Peter Allan Finlayson gem..
Kleine Zalze – Terroir, one of my best dishes of 2016
Books for Cooks for Christmas – A pair from Quivertree
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Sophia Lindop
De Krans takes it up a notch with two new innovative releases
De Grendel – well worth a visit..
Ommiberg Celebrating a Decade of Young Wines
Nederburg The Winemasters Riesling 2015, the highest scoring S A Wine At International Competition
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky – Leopard & Lime Cocktail
The Cape Winemakers Guild welcomes two new members
KWV’s Double Festive Delight with Berry Glazed Gammon with Candied Apples & Fresh Berries By Mynhardt Joubert, TV personality & well-known chef
2016 Veritas Young Wine Writer announced
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Errieda du Toit’s Tuistafel
Spier – destination for a day
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Dine van Zyl’s Potjiekos & Pot-Pourri
Nuy Winery Cellar Master crowned as Worcester/Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year 2016
Blend Your Own At James Sedgwick, Africa’s Only Commercial Whisky Distillery
Stellenbosch Street Soirées back in full swing…
A Flagstone kind of week…….
Books for Christmas – The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Your Family’s The Baking Book
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Food & Home Entertaining : A year of Seasonal Dishes
KWV’s Izele van Blerk talks The Mentors Wines
Boschendal hosts Jesse Clegg live on New Year’s Eve
Nederburg Wine Estate hosts the CPO on New Year’s Eve
Durbanville Hills offers a unique Table Mountain Wine Safari Experience
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Koekedoor 2
Nederburg wins IWSC 2016 Trophy for South African Wine Producer Of The Year
De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay
Books for Cooks for Christmas – More Braai the Beloved Country
Luke scoops 5th consecutive 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Awards Top Restaurant 2016
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Tasty WasteNOTS
Books for Cooks for Christmas – The Cookie Jar, Lisa Clarke
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Giving Back Childhood
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook
Steenberg offers Summer Food & Wine Flights under the oaks at Catharina’s
Books for Cooks for Christmas – The Classic South African Cookbook
Ease into summer with an Eikendal Experience
Douglas Green for International Sherry Week
Bottelary Hills gets festive with a fish-inspired ‘Pop Up’ Lunch
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Johnny Hamman’s Een Maal
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Cass Abrahams, National Living Treasure
KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 with Mynhardt Joubert’s Coriander & Lime Marinated Chicken Breast Salad
Books for Cooks for Christmas – Jamie Purviance’s Weber Braai Books
Belfield Wines – of the finest in Elgin
Wine Concepts Champagne Festival | Friday 25th November 2016
KZN vineyard harvests fruits of Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme
Yay for our Brand New Website
FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 revealed
Boschendal Wines – International & Local Acclaim
Den Anker’s Beer – specially brewed
A golden night at Veritas: acclaim for Spier’s winemaking heritage
Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco & Tosca 2013 soar to 93 in Tim Atkin’s 2016 Report
Nederburg wins International Wine & Spirit Competition Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Boschendal fills its Awards cupboard
Nativo, the Boss and his brother…
Durbanville Wine Valley’s Season of Sauvignon
Historical “home-coming” of 195 year old Grand Constance bottle
Celebrate Spring at Spier’s Tasting Room with an array of canapés made from locally sourced ingredients
Anura’s Brute of an MCC Pops into Top Spot at Cap Classique Awards
Veritas: A taste of the best
Two belters from Backsberg
Cap Classique Industry Toasts John & Erica Platter with Frans Malan Legacy Trophy
Blindiana Barista – SA’s First Blind Museum/Coffee Shop Opens in Worcester
Boschendal, the traditions go on
Boschendal celebrates Summer with a vibrant new Chardonnay Pinot Noir
KWV appoints Wim Truter as Chief Winemaker
Klein Constantia thrilled with Tim Atkin’s South African Report
Steenberg aces Tim Atkin Report with six 91+ distinctions
Kleinood releases 2016 De Boerin, their EVOO
Simonsig’s Debbie Thompson invites you to dine
De Grendel rakes in awards at IWSC
Perdeberg packs in the awards at IWSC
Fleur du Cap soars at ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Awards
The Most Expensive Burger in Town
Johan Malan offers variety at CWG Auction with Vintage Cap Classique & a Mediterranean White Blend
Reciprocal Wines now selling Louis Latour barrels
Boschendal Sommelier Selection awarded Top Ten at Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge
Boschendal Pasta Making Weekend – 3 & 4 September 2016
Spier’s 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 tops Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge
Nativo Wine & Food pairing – a truly interesting look at an approach by Alan Hughes, Florida Chef…
Boplaas SA Champion Port 2016
Swartland Winery introduces unusual varieties to its portfolio
Indispensable treasury of vinous info
La Motte celebrates Heritage Day with heritage cuisine offering in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant
Bot River hosts blooming nice Spring Weekend
Boschendal Food Growing Workshop 10th September 2016
Perdeberg Winery hits 100% medal success rate at the Paarl Wine Challenge 2016
Get ‘piggy with it’ at the Bottelary Hills Wine Route ‘Pop Up’ Lunch
Seductive Sauvignons Festival – 2nd September
Top Ten Wellington Wines honoured at Quest for the Best 2016
The Table Bay announces new Winter High Tea – a journey of discovery
Spier Creative Block 3 2013
KWV Award Wrap up for 2016
Taste the Simonsig Wine Icons of Yesteryear at Vintage Wine Day on Saturday 13 August 2016
KWV Wins ‘World’s Best Producer’ Trophy & ‘World’s Best Brandy’ at ISC
Haute Cabrière Education Centre
KWV 10-year-old Potstill Brandy – 6.6.2016
Morgenster White Truffle Enhanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oldenburg Vineyards – sublime wine destination in Banghoek
Willow Creek Oils in a Porcini Frittata
Spoil mom with a Mother’s Day banquet fit for royalty
Young Guns Reloaded
The Table Bay’s Easter Egg Man – Bobby Kumar
The Table Bay – Easter at the best address in Cape Town
Celebrate food & togetherness at The Table Bay this Easter
Zonnebloem’s new Viticulturist, Isabel Habets on Harvest 2016, research & generations of experience
The Table Bay switches off its lights for Earth Hour
Meet the winemakers of The Franschhoek Cellar
Global Rolls-Royce New Model Launch at Delaire Graff Estate
The Vergenoegd Harvest Lunch
Mulderbosch Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2015 – 16.02.2016
Vergenoegd – join us for a Harvest Lunch on Thursday 3 March
Vergenoegd Harvest Lunches – not to be missed
A chat with Pieter de Bod about KWV 20 year Old Potstill Brandy
Kitty Petousis – Cape Town Legend passes on..
The Table Bay’s summer inspired High Tea Menu & sensory Valentine’s Day Dinner add fun to Summer
Gina Bachauer, The Alhambra Theatre A flashback
The Table Bay offers Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial on ice in January
Belfield Aristata 2011 – 28.12.2015
A Christmas Wish
De Wetshof Estate launches new livery
The Table Bay goes Festive
Belfield Farm in cool cool Elgin – 30.11.2015
The Imibala Trust – changing lives
The Vineyard Hotel’s December Sip & Sample
Delaire Graff – the jewels in the crown
The Table Bay People
Imibala – exciting times
The Vineyard Hotel – a fabulous wine & food offering
Morgenster White Truffle Enhanced Extra Virgin Oil – 29.09.2015
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2015 – 23.09.2015
Douglas Green Sunkissed Sprizzo – 21.09.2015
Cajun-Creole beef with garlic mayonnaise – Jean Nel
Corder Family Vineyards Cool Climate Chardonnay 2014 – 26.08.2105
Nativo Red 2009 & a dish of Sarah Graham’s Duck – 08.08.2015
Boschendal, then and now
Kitchen Sessions with Peter Tempelhoff are back by popular demand…
KWV Brandy is World Champion – 10.07.2015
The Vineyard Hotel’s Ndaba Dube a Cape Finalist in National Wine Tasting Competition
Bellingham The Bernard Series – 18.06.2015
Willow Creek Chicken
Lanzerac Cheese Lunches
Hemelhuijs, ready for winter
The Table Bay Hotel – you don’t have to be resident to….
Matt Preston, MasterChefOz, comes to town
Schoone Oordt, a place to go back to
Ryan’s Kitchen – a Lucullan treat
Imibala Restaurant & Deli..
Taste of Cape Town 2015 – come & taste what’s new on the food scene
Cook with Nikki Booth in Orvieto
Boschendal flies high with SWISS Airline
Boerewors balls with tomato & basil sauce – Thuli Gogela
Glenelly plays its part at The Cape Wine Auction – 27.02.2015
Volare – Monday to Sunday 11 to 11: 22.02.2015
Bell’s, a three generation family tradition..
Dilmah does it for me..
Monis Pale Dry Traditional Flor Wine – 29.12.14
A special Christmas Wish
KWV Héritage XO Cognac – the perfect Christmas Gift
A Year at Silwood
Gordon Newton Johnson joins Cape Winemakers Guild
‘White Christmas’ Ale Cake
Rietvallei’s Kobus Burger honours his father Johnny with two stunners – 12.11.14
Kleine Zalze – well worth the visit
Durban Curry, So Much of Flavour – Erica Platter, Clinton Friedman & Devi Sankaree Govender
The Vineyard Hotel’s sustainability efforts recognized at the 2014 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards
The Old Men and the Duo of Beauties from Robertson by Lafras Huguenet
South China Dim Sum Bar
UBM 2014 on etv Thursdays at 20h30
Spice Route Terra de Bron – new flavours from a passionate team
Hemelhuijs – a place to return to
Paarl Wine Challenge 2014 – the results
Kleine Zalze appoints Alistair Rimmer as Cellarmaster
Du Toitskloof’s Italian Stallion – a Nebbiolo amusement
Heerenbone & Brown Shimejis
Waterblommetjie Bredie – Dine van Zyl
Oep ve Koep – legend in it’s lifetime
Willow Creek Gourmet Squeeze – always something new out of Africa
Oldenburg Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 20.06.14
Peter Falke wine & design combine
Lustau – the best Sherry in the world
Christian Eedes – Cork vs Screwcap 2014
The Willow Creek Flavoured Olive Oils
Du Toitskloof Kraai Kokkedoor
De Wetshof in the Limelight
Winters Drift – well worth the detour
Allesverloren – South Africa’s Douro?
Happy Easter, happy feasting…
Rietvallei Estéanna White 2012 – 13.04.14
Graham Beck The Game Reserve Merlot 2012 – 05.04.14
Willow Creek – Olive Oil of Origin
RIP Mark Lindhorst
The Cellars Hohenort Hotel – breathtaking beauty in Constantia
Shannon Vineyards Macushla Pinot Noir Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 16.01.14
Nativo – organic at last
Impala, cherries, berries & a great glass of Pinot Noir
Morgenster – benchmark Olives
Nativo – crows eating the putty….
Old-fashioned Ideal Milk Ice Cream
Hazelnut Galette with Apple & Fruit Mincemeat
Avontuur Estate, horses & wine
We cooked in the Karoo 7
We cooked in the Karoo 6
We cooked in the Karoo 5
Chopped South Africa in production
Tim James – Wine Writer of the Year
Stir Up Sunday – a family tradition
Laborie wins Klink Award & launches Summer Menu
Dear Me, it’s 7Springs….
Culinaria, Leopard’s Leap food wines
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir
The way we used to eat….
Silwood’s High Tea
Malva Pudding – the original
Groote Post, haven of Cape Hospitality
Sutherland – stars in Prince Albert
We cooked in the Karoo 4
Silwood Cookery School 1st year’s Spring Lunch
Majeka House & Makaron magic
Perdeberg – The Dry Land Collection
We cooked in the Karoo 3
Errieda du Toit, Huiskok, preserver of our food heritage
We cooked in the Karoo 2
La Motte, Lucullus & Bacchus dine
Guanciale – a cheeky piece of pork
We cooked in the Karoo
Asara sends me a birthday cake
The pie elephant
Oldenburg Rhodium 2010, from a special place.
Baked Apples with Medjool dates & pecan nuts
The Chinese Girl comes home
What a way to start the weekend!
Malva Pudding – an Easter tradition
Simnel Cake – an Easter tradition
De Bos Handpicked Vineyards Fairtrade Wines launched
Chicken Salad & Curry Mayonnaise
Chicken of the woods – Laetiporus sulphureus
Michael chats to Christiaan Campbell
Giorgio Nava honoured in New York
An Owl, a Pussy Cat & Six Flowers
Kaboom! and a Splattered Toad with Nancy Gilchrist
The Perfect Gin & Tonic and other stories….
Andrea Mullineux inducted into CWG
Delaire Graff Estate – a diamond in the Stellenbosch Crown
Christmas on an African Farm
Granny’s Ginger Jar
Andy Bates – my Street Food hero
The Perfect Roast Chicken
Stir up Sunday
Ilva Beretta, Blogger & photographer
Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2012
De Wetshof Chardonnay Celebration
The Great Boerekos Book 1
Steenberg’s Bistro 1682 – country restaurant in the city
One&Only Reach for the Young Stars
Alida Ryder Simple & Delicious – recipes from the heart
Reach for the Young Stars – Showcook
Drizzle & Dip – Sam Linsell
Scrumptious – Jane-Anne Hobbs
Reza’s Indian Spice
Bruce Palling – International Eat Out Awards Judge 2012
Muratie Laurens Campher 2011
The Great Gatsby
Café Dijon – Burgundy in Cape Town
Lunch with a Lady – Liz McGrath at The Cellars Hohenort
Clemengolds, Summer in Winter
Hemelhuijs – Heaven on Earth
Greece comes to Prince Albert
Michael & Sue cook for you…..
Beyerskloof Wines & Delicious Eggs
Simnel Cake – my grandmother’s recipe
A weekend of cooking in Prince Albert
Heirlooms – tomatoes at their finest….
WATERMELON & GOAT’S CHEESE SALAD
Lamb Shoulders Williston
Beach Bag Books for New Year
A visit to Prince Albert
A sublime lunch at Glen Carlou
Cape Pickled Fish…
Memories of Ginger….
Lamb Knuckle & Red Bean Casserole
Kos vir die Kenner
My Expresso dishes this week
My first pot of Yoghurt
Perfect Paté @ Alto
Accolade for Wellington Distillery
Eat In Awards – you’re invited
Van Loveren wins the race again
Jasper Raats & his Kiwi Wines
Avontuur announces new Winemaker
Watch me on Expresso, SATV3
Cook with Sonia – Kitchen Goddess
Cape Winemaker’s Guild news
Crush 4 just launched
Dalewood’s Huguenot strikes Gold
Bread & Wine for Christmas
Diners Club Winemakers 2010
NedBank Green Wine Awards
Nederburg, 2011 Winery of the Year
Stir Up Sunday – Xmas Pudding time
Uwe Koetter ring up for grabs!
Best Value Wine Awards 2011
Crush! free digital online magazine
2010 Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines hailed the best ever
SA Food Icon dies
2010 Amorim Wine Magazine MCC Challenge
Organic farming on Appelsdrift
Portugal 3 – Solar dos Presuntos
Portugal 2 – Solar dos Presuntos
Portugal 1 – Solar dos Presuntos
Autumn is the time for baking
Farewell to the heat of Summer
Welcome to our new website!
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