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 [...]

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%) – Van Loveren recently [...]

4-course pairing dinner, The Vault at Taj Hotel, Cape Town

Friday, 5 July 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

All my friends know by now, if you want to see me, invite me for lunch. Because being the exceptionally glamorous person that I am, I prefer to spend my evenings in slouchy pants, on a slouchy couch, with a cat on my lap and a remote in my hand. These frightfully unsociable instincts are multiplied a hundred times over [...]

New 2019 winter menu at Anthonij Rupert wine estate

Tuesday, 18 June 2019|Restaurants, Wine tasting|

Folks often ask me to recommend Cape wine estates to visit. Places that offer good wine in a lovely tasting environment, PLUS good food, PLUS preferably something else on top of all that. We are of course spoilt for choice, but Franschhoek’s Anthonij Rupert Wines is one that I often suggest because, after numerous visits, I know that a good [...]

Kunjani boutique winery, Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 5 June 2019|Wine tasting|

There are hundreds of wineries in our beautiful Cape. I figure if I hit one a month for the rest of my life (a girl does have to work you know), I’ll be about 654 years old when I am finally done. Of course my task would be made all the harder by the fact that new wine gems are constantly [...]