De krans wines, calitzdorp

Monday, 18 May 2015|Wine tasting|

I say De Krans and you say… Yes, you say port. But you should also be saying many other things, because De Krans is about so much more. I can’t say I blame you, ‘port’ used to be my default response too. After all, De Krans is situated smack bang in the middle of South Africa’s capital of port, Calitzdorp, [...]

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Tuesday, 28 April 2015|News|

Looking for something fabulous to do this long weekend? Well, my giddy aunt, it’s time for the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival! I blush at the thought that I lived in Cape Town for 15 years before I finally woke up and caught on that the small hamlet of Riebeek Kasteel (a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town – if [...]

Cellarbake @ Nitida

Tuesday, 10 March 2015|News|

I don’t need much of an excuse to pop the cork on a bottle of something fine. I need even less of an excuse to pop delectable morsels into my mouth. Promise me both those things and you have my attention. And so it is with the annual Cellarbake festival at Nitida wine farm in the Durbanville wine region. Now [...]

Riesling & Rarities Rock Festival, Hartenberg

Friday, 16 January 2015|News, Wine tasting|

Asking about my favourite wine is, I imagine, a bit like asking a mother to name her favourite kid. It’s tricky to comment, because I love them all. But if you got all insistent about it, I’d probably have to admit that Riesling is right up there. I love it dry. I love it off-dry. I just adore it in [...]

Lanzerac wine estate, Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 7 January 2015|Wine tasting|

My earliest memory of the Lanzerac wine estate dates back 30 odd years. I was super impressed. Not by their wines of course. Being fairly sensible folk, my parents didn’t stand for that sort of nonsense from an 8-year old. Nope, Mini Me was gobsmacked by their Cape Dutch manor house. We didn’t really have those in the Transvaal. What [...]

festive franschhoek, 10-16 december

Friday, 5 December 2014|News, Wine tasting|

Being a frightful Francophile, it’s probably unsurprising that I am rather fond of Franschhoek. My association with this charming Boland village goes way back. (It is of course obligatory to call it a ‘village’ as it’s far too charming and elegant for the rather ordinary moniker of ‘town’.) Now I’m not going to say how far back, as I’ve been [...]