Glenelly wine estate, Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 10 April 2019|Wine tasting|

On the edge of Stellenbosch there lies a little piece of France. Well, actually more like a little piece of heaven in my view. I am of course talking of Glenelly Wine Estate. I often get wonderful opportunities to taste wines and foods that are exceptional. My recent invite to Glenelly to taste their newly-released 2013 Estate Reserve and flagship [...]

Gibson’s Burger Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Thursday, 20 December 2018|Restaurants|

Living in Cape Town, I’m in the fortunate position of being able to go the Waterfront for a bit of retail and restaurant R&R rather often. But in all these years (and I am not saying how many for fear of age stamping) I’ve never, ever eaten a burger at the Waterfront. All that changed recently, when I was invited [...]

Neil Ellis, Pesto & Wine Play, Summer 2018/19

Wednesday, 5 December 2018|Wine tasting|

As one leaves Stellenbosch, heading to Franschhoek on the R310, one encounters Helshoogte Pass. Now for my foreign readers, the literal translation of Helshoogte is hell’s heights. And hellish it is. As I know only too well from cycling up it more times than I care to remember. All I did on these occasions was look down at the tar [...]

Fryer’s Cove Vineyards

Wednesday, 28 November 2018|Wine tasting|

If ever there were an example of what can happen when imagination meets determination, Fryer’s Cove Vineyards would be it. Located about 300km from Cape Town up the West Coast, this is a vineyard that never should have been. Why? Well, because pretty much everything counted against it. For starters, it’s incredibly small – as in only four hectares currently under [...]

Some must-try rosé wines for summer 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018|Wine tasting|

Pink is an unabashedly feminine and festive summery colour. Now this may be a gender issue, but my love of all things pink most definitely extends to wine too. Apparently I’m not alone, for the popularity of rosé wines is going only one way in SA, and that’s up. I first discovered the wondrousness of a proper rosé in what [...]

Wine, market and festival news December 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017|Markets, News, Wine tasting|

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 'The Magic of Bubbles' presented by Mastercard, 2 & 3 December 2017 Nothing but nothing says Time To Celebrate! quite like Champagne. Which is why it’s so nice to kick off the festive season celebrations with the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. With the iconic Huguenot Monument providing a spectacular backdrop, you'll [...]