Durbanville Hills is adamant to keep the cold weather at bay until Spring sets in. From now until the end of September, the winery will be offering a limited-edition hot chocolate wine tasting that will warm you up, inside and out! The unusual wine tasting features four red wines each paired with four different hand-crafted chocolate bombs, to add to steaming milk.

 

CAPTION: Jacques Lategan (Domain Brahms wine maker); Samantha September (Oude Pond Farm); Abraham van Heerden (Windmeul senior wine maker) and Karin Louw (Rhebokskloof wine maker). 

The Waterblommetjie Festival is back this year and promises to be a celebration of all things inspired by this local delicacy. Join hosts Domaine Brahms, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Windmeul Kelder on Saturday 3 September for a day of waterblommetjies, wine and family fun. For fantastic food and wine combined with live music and kids entertainment, the Waterblommetjie Festival in Paarl is definitely the place to be.

 

Think you have it all figured out when it comes to a wine tasting? Nederburg’s The Manor restaurant and wine tasting hub in Paarl has teamed up with Freedom Coffee to offer wine and coffee lovers a slightly unusual tasting experience.

 

Baronne’s been flexing its well-toned muscles in some of the best red wine company. The 2020 vintage of this Mzanzi favourite has made it onto the just-released top ten list of Winemag’s Prescient Signature Red Blend Report for 2022.

 

If you have ever been to events such as a wedding, a work office party or a BBQ, you may have noticed that there seem to be alcoholic drinks that are more popularly served at each of them. This is no coincidence!

 

Oxtail actually comes from the tail of beef cattle. At one time, oxtails actually did come from oxen, and eating them is just a part of nose-to-tail eating so common among Eastern European cooks. Today, oxtails are considered gourmet fare. The same is true of pork belly, once relegated to the sausage grinder.

 

The just-released De Wetshof Limestone Hill, one of South Africa’s most popular unwooded Chardonnays, emphasises the reputation 2022 is garnering for being a top vintage for white wines in the Cape, especially Chardonnay.

 

Iconic Stellenbosch estate Neethlingshof has released the second vintage in its range of top-tier wines under the 1802 Collection label, named after the year in which this historic property’s first cellar was completed. Neethlingshof 1802 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 follows last year’s maiden launch of the 2017 vintage, which saw this new addition to the Neethlingshof range garnering further acclaim for one of Stellenbosch’s oldest and most respected wine brands.

 

There’s no doubt about it, cupcakes are definitely the coolest and trendiest food item to serve at modern-day dinner parties, family picnics, high tea affairs and wedding parties. Cake bakers and pastry chefs are pulling out all the stops to up their cupcake game. I had my fair share of some of the finest cupcakes while on holiday in London. The Hummingbird Bakery in Portobello is renowned for its sweet delights and although their cupcakes don’t come cheap, they are one hundred percent worth it!

 

Choosing wine for your wedding can be a tricky, and expensive, business. It’s impossible to give one-size-fits-all advice for weddings. Much depends on how many people you’re inviting, the size of your budget, whether you’re having a reception with trendy drinks and hors d’oeuvres or a sit-down dinner, whether caterers or hotels insist that you order only from their wine lists and so many other factors.