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 [...]

Anthonij Rupert wine estate – Franschhoek

Wednesday, 26 November 2014|Wine tasting|

Coveting is wrong, and as a general principle it’s something I try to avoid. But two Saturdays ago my resolve to be a better person was tested in new ways. See an invite to visit the Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate on the outskirts of the charming Boland town of Franschhoek came my way. Now contrary to popular belief, folks who [...]

Hartenberg picnic

Saturday, 18 October 2014|Wine tasting|

To say I’ve been working like a dog lately is putting it mildly. Up and at it as early as 4am some mornings, still slogging away as late as 9pm some nights. Yup, working like a dog. I’m not sure where this expression comes from. Maybe those overactive English sheepdogs. Maybe huskies pulling sleds in sub-zero temperatures and seemingly enjoying [...]

Laborie wine estate

Tuesday, 20 May 2014|Wine tasting|

It doesn’t take much to get me to a wine estate. There’s wine after all, which I guess is pretty much my second favourite thing in the world. Add my absolute favourite – food – to the mix, and I’m there like a bear. And so it was last Saturday. The fine folks from Laborie wine estate in Paarl were [...]

Constantia food and wine festival

Sunday, 13 April 2014|News, Wine tasting|

As I’m writing this, it's 7:55pm on a Saturday night. Am I adding the finishing touches to my über fabulous hit-the-town look? No. I’m in my PJs on my cream couch (the covers of which I have to wash frequently, care of a certain black feline called Merlot). I admit this is pity worthy and probably made worse by the [...]

Oranjezicht city farm and market (ozcf)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014|Markets|

Anybody with cats or kids knows: Saturday mornings are not for lazy lie-ins. Nor are Sundays for that matter. Being quite a scheming little feline, Merlot varies her strategy for getting me up and getting herself fed, but basically it boils down to a combination of flirting, yowling and biting. I don’t mind this (too much) as it means I [...]