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Drostdy Hof unveils a refreshing new look

Drostdy Hof, one of South Africa’s most recognised wine brands, continues down the path of innovation with the launch of its stylish new wine packaging.

 

Italian for Beginners – La Capra and Andiamo

Date: 1 June 2014 – end July 2014

 
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A Taste of Africa Exibition at Haskell

ART LOVERS, put on your appreciation specs and visit Haskell Vineyards in July!!

 

From fast food to fine dining

The humble hamburger is perhaps the most ubiquitous example of the modern phenomenon of ‘fast food’.

 
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Shirazbosch

"Stellenbosch owns Shiraz" is the message from the 2nd Shiraz SA competition that saw 193 entries vie for a place in the Top 12, two more than the more decimally oriented FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10. A

 

Have some fun with the Raka Sangiovese 2012

During Winter I find it quite easy to become a total hermit. After a busy day at work it’s all too easy to curl up on the couch, light a fire and watch Game of Thrones and speculate which charac

 

The wines we drink: Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2013

This wine, made by Chris and Suzaan Alheit, has set a bench mark for South African white blends since its first vintage.  The Cartology 2013 is reminiscent of that 2011 vintage: rich, yet still poise

 

The secret behind Soufflé Suissesse

Soufflé Suissesse or Swiss Souffle has been made famous by 2-Michelin star Le Gavroche restaurant, owned by the famous Roux brothers, Michel and Albert. This beautiful soufflé baked on double cream

 

Shiraz SA Awards today

Off to Lady Anne Barnard's summer cottage in Newlands this lunchtime for the announcement of the best Shiraz and Shiraz blends today as picked by Shiraz SA or SS as they abbreviate to. Which reminds m

 

Wine Concepts Burgundy Festival at The Vineyard

 

Oldenburg Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 20.06.14

Very exciting news from Oldenburg Vineyards is the appointment of Philip Costandius as Managing Director of the Estate from August. Philip is a real elder statesman of winemakers in the Cape, with vas

 

Book review: Andy Allen – The next element

"This book is the first step for me after the intense period honing my skills in the craft of cooking. I've come along way in a short period of time." Andy Allen swept the other contestants aside as t

 

Try again, Tim!

Poor old Tim James (below), associate/assistant editor of the Platter wine label guide. At yesterday's KWV Mentors launch at the Test Kitchen, he politely rubbished the Mentors reds as being old fas

 

Braai Rub by Petro Meintjies of The Pretty Blog

If you haven’t come across the success story that is The Pretty Blog, I would suggest you get over there toute de suite and subscribe to their daily posting. Their work is stunningly beautiful and I

 

KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again

 

Shiraz SA Challenge 2014: Results

The second annual Shiraz SA Challenge 2014 sponsored by Berthomieu Tonnellerie attracted 193 single variety and Shiraz-based blends. Results as follows (my scores in brackets): Top 12 Shiraz: Black El

 

Cape Town: the Big Cabbage

If New York is the Big Apple and NY style slice pizza joints pop up on Kloof Street, why can't Cape Town be the Big Cabbage? Certainly there are enough vegetables already in city hall and one of the C

 

KWV The Mentors new vintage launched at The Test Kitchen

An incredible location was chosen for this iconic fleet of wines from the KWV. The 15 wines (the single largest range of wines ever released under The Mentors label) encompass 8 whites and 7

 

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2011

My stand-out wine among the 20 finalists for the Shiraz SA Wine Challenge which (inevitably?) failed to place among the 12 finalists was the Shiraz 2011 from Eagles’ Nest in Constantia. Lovely range

 

Whisky Live: Best Value Scotch

If the Glen Grant Major's Reserve at R210 a bottle is not the best value single malt available in SA, then it must be close to it. WhiskyLive at the Cape Sun is the place to load up on supplies. For w

 

Prawn & Chorizo Tapas – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley has an enchanting blog called Melkkos en Merlot which is well worth a visit. Here is her Prawn and Chorizo Tapas extra virgin olive oil 200g chorizo sausage, sliced on the diagonal 2 tbs

 

Delaire Graff Chardonnay 2013 – 20.06.14

As I write this piece, Madeleine and I are preparing to leave for Stellenbosch to spend the night at the Lodges on the Delaire Graff Estate as their guests. Coincidentally we lunched with some Austral