Winners – Shiraz SA Challenge 2020

Tuesday, 4 August 2020|Wine tasting|

There was much considered sipping (sadly not by me) and here they are – the winners of this year’s Shiraz SA challenge. The annual awards ceremony, which took place last week, was of necessity virtual for the first time ever. You can see it here. I know you cannot rush out and buy any of these fine wines right […]

Six bubbly pinks for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, 13 February 2020|Wine tasting|

Something pink and bubbly is always good in my book – any day, any time. But if you feel you need a convincing reason to pop a cork, Valentine’s Day is about as good an excuse as you’re going get. Here are six fun bubbly pinks to suit any taste and any budget this Valentine’s.

Robertson Winery’s new dry non-alcoholic sparkler!

Friday, 24 January 2020|Wine tasting|

Dinner without wine is like food without salt, unthinkable. I am not, however, totally unaware of my blood pressure and liver, which is why I am such a fan of the non-alcohol wine trend. Indeed, the alcohol-free drinks category is currently the fastest growing beverage sector in South Africa.

We have millennials to thank for this – them and the generation […]

Piekenierskloof launches its old vine wines

Tuesday, 29 October 2019|Wine tasting|

A few weeks ago, on a gloriously sunny spring morning, I made rather more of an effort than usual – I put on a dress and, shock horror, make-up. I should probably not admit this, but working mostly from home means I’m a bit of a wreck most days. After all, it’s not like the cat minds. But this was […]

Groot Phesantekraal boutique winery, Durbanville

Thursday, 5 September 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

Of all the Cape wine regions that I have relatively easy access to, it’s the one practically on my doorstep that I neglect most – Durbanville. I was reminded just how special the wines from this region are last week, when Groot Phesantekraal invited me to come visit.

Just 20km or so north of Cape Town centre, the wines of the […]

Van Loveren Almost Zero rosé and red

Friday, 2 August 2019|Wine tasting|

I’m a fan. That’s it. Just three words are needed to sum up how I feel about Van Loveren’s Almost Zero range. Well, maybe I’ll add the adjective ‘huge’ into that sentence. Following on from their release last year of Wonderful White – a white ‘wine’ with pretty much no alcohol (as in less than 0,4%) – […]