A Four Cousins for every occasion

2020-11-04T12:12:47+02:00Wednesday, 4 November 2020|Wine tasting|

Say ‘Four Cousins’ and quaffable everyday wines at pocket-friendly prices immediately come to mind. But what many may not know is that this range is actually part of the Van Loveren stable – and that it was launched by four real-life cousins! Van Loveren, in the beautiful Robertson Valley, has been in the Retief family since 1937. The first [...]

New non-alcoholic wines for summer 2020!

2020-11-02T12:41:03+02:00Monday, 2 November 2020|Wine tasting|

The non-alcoholic wine trend is seriously on the up and up. Now I do love my wine, but there is very definitely a space in my wine rack for low alcohol or no-alcohol wines. So I’m delighted that there are some new kids on the block for summer 2020. PIEKENIERSKLOOF WINE COMPANY – SIX [...]

Winners – Shiraz SA Challenge 2020

2020-09-30T08:18:36+02:00Tuesday, 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 now due to [...]

Six bubbly pinks for Valentine’s Day

2020-09-30T08:18:38+02:00Thursday, 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. Your [...]

Robertson Winery’s new dry non-alcoholic sparkler!

2020-09-30T08:18:38+02:00Friday, 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 [...]

Piekenierskloof launches its old vine wines

2020-09-30T08:18:39+02:00Tuesday, 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 [...]