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Nougat & Bubbly Pairings at L’Ormarins: 100% Happiness

This is like the Supermodel of wine pairings, because it's something you WILL get out of bed for : L'Ormarins MCC and nougat pairings, now offered at Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate outside Franschhoek. The estate’s three gorgeous L’Ormarins Methodé Cap Classiques (MCC) are each matched with hand-made nougat creating blissful...

Simonsig Demi Sec Kaapse Vonkel: Delectable Decadence

The French have historically done champagne and revolution rather well. While South Africa easily match the former these days, we're still working on getting the latter right. But patience is a virtue, right? In these days of doom and gloom, it brings enormous cheer to the heart to receive an...

Franschhoek Summer Wine Festival

You'd be forgiven for thinking we're a bunch of drunkards in the Cape, judging by the number of wine festivals we have each year. Well, we make wine here, so who's going to drink it if not us? Besides, 2017 has kicked off on such a high note, I see...

Glenwood Shines with 5 Star Wine

Do you like your wine estates small, personal, honest and real? Glenwood is that place. Do you like your wines perfectly balanced, elegant and bold, with a touch of heavenly nectar? Glenwood's are those wines. Small wonder then, that the Glenwood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2013 just got 5 stars in the...

Afternoon Tea: Table Bay Hotel is Tops

Afternoon Tea, Cream Tea, High Tea or plain old koek en tee - call it what you want, just have it often. Cake and tea are not mere indulgences, I feel, but necessities to comfort us through this rough old ride called life. My motto? Must. Have. Cake. Every once in a...

Brighten Weekends with Brunch at The Bakery, Jordan Wines

There's not a lot I won't do for a slap-up brunch with decent Eggs Benedict, cold bubbly and great coffee. Even if it means hauling the grumbling teens out of bed for a long-ish drive into the countryside and braving nippy breezes, I'm game. Add a dreamy view of...

Sip Sexy Reds at Shiraz Showcase

  South Africa is producing some mighty fine shiraz now - I have some firm favourites myself - and this June, you have a chance to sample some of the very best. The annual Shiraz Showcase on 21 June at CTICC will feature more than 100 wines, including the winning...

Daily Juice : Mighty Mary with avocado, yoghurt, celery & lemon

Need a pick-me-up after a rough night? Ditch the booze and reward yourself with this refreshing, slushy version of the traditional Bloody Mary instead! It's soothing and nourishing, ideal for a hot summer's day. Perfect for your lazy Sunday breakfast or brunch! Adding yoghurt and ripe avocado amps up the...

Daily Juice: Cherry Berry Bang

What do you do when you've bought 6 kgs of fresh cherries wholesale? Well, just about everything you can! Last week I picked up a delivery of 3 x 2 kg boxes of the freshest, plumpest, juiciest cherries I've ever come across. I'd ordered them online from local supplier Cherry...

Daily Juice: Guava Blush

People of a certain age in South Africa will remember the thrill of lurid pink guava juice, first sold during the 70's in squashable plastic bottles. We've come a long way since! The best guava juice available today is as close to nature as they come - no colourants,...