Muratie wine estate, Stellenbosch

2020-12-08T12:45:29+02:00Tuesday, 8 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Situated in the Knorhoek Valley at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain, a mere 10km outside of Stellenbosch, you’ll find Muratie – a wine estate with a history and heritage that’s quite unusual. The story of Muratie is essentially a love story. One that goes back many years – all the way back to 1685, when the then Governor [...]

A visit to Elgin Vintners

2020-12-03T17:48:28+02:00Thursday, 3 December 2020|Wine tasting|

Hit the N2 out of Cape Town and if the traffic is good (which these days is a pretty big if) you get to Sir Lowry’s Pass in under an hour. In mere minutes you climb over 400m above sea level and, once you get to the top, a whole different world unfolds before you. You’re in the Overberg (which [...]

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 [...]