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Smoked Bacon with Blue Cheese Muffins


These muffins are so easy to make.

 

The World`s Oldest Vine


Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world, is the oldest living specimen on our planet of a noble grape vine that still bears grapes! With an age of over 400 years it is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world.

 
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Another Culinary Journey for Dame Helen Mirren


In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Dame Helen Mirren plays the snooty proprietress of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a quaint French village.

 

20 Finalists Announced for ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Competition


The Stellenbosch region once again leads the way in the nominations for this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition with six wines among the list of 20 finalists made from grapes grown in this acclaimed wine area.

 

Drunk CNN TV reporter sued for biting rage


Cape Town – CNN is being sued for $1m after the CNN International (DStv 401) correspondent Arwa Damon (pictured above), allegedly drunk and biting, attacked medics at the American embassy in Bagdad, Iraq in a drunken, violent-fuelled rage.

 

Longer trading hours and free wifi at the Hermanuspietersfontein Food and Wine Market


The Food and Wine market at Hermanuspieterfontein now offers free Wifi!

 

Enter the 2nd Du Toitskloof Wines Wine Writer of the Year competition


Members of the South African wine writing fraternity has just over six weeks to get their entries in and stand a chance of winning R30 000 in the second Du Toitskloof Wines Wine Writer of the Year competition, in association with Standard Bank. 

 

Lace is Always a Good Idea


Almenkerk in Elgin is worth a stopover. I have known its flagship wines for their reliability, whereas their Lace range is making head way when it comes to value.

I tasted their wines recently and here are my two cents:

Lace Sauvignon Blanc ’13

It had generous sweet tropical fruits of peaches and pineapples with succulent acidity. Fun.

Lace Rosé ’12

Made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it had an enticing salmon colour with a dusty gravel depth, married with delicate lemon acidity. Refreshing.

Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc ’13

I enjoyed it just as much as the 2011 vintage that was a notch more restrained. Forward green pepper aroma intertwined with clean kiwi and grape fruit. Rich leesy (dead yeast cells character) mid-palate and refreshing lengthy lemon finish. Could be aged…

 

From the Tasting Room at Creation: Guests’ Favourite


Over the past six years the pioneering use of canapé pairings to present our food-friendly wines to guests in the Tasting Room has seen the development of a wide selection of pairing choices. The awa

 

Fons expected at 6pm


I first met Fons Aaldering at La Colombe of fond memory in Constantia four years ago. He was launching his wines and tonight we return the favour with an exhibition of his latest vintages at the Pendo

 

Pinotage steals the show on day #1 of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge


The line-up of 29 Rose bubblies at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge held at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa in rainy Newlands yesterday (no leaks) were livened up by unexpected cultivars. There was a

 

Solms-Delta Gemoedsrus 2011 – 07.08.14


This is a truly interesting wine. Grapes from the Solms-Delta Estate and vineyards in nearby Franschhoek. They desiccate the grapes on the vine by clamping the stalk of the bunch allowing the grapes t

 

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1974


The bottle of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 [from Cab, Tinta Barocca and Pinotage according to current winemaker Elize Coetzee] served with roast leg of lamb last night probably had never left my

 

Chardonnay Off the Beaten Track


Vermaaklikheid is a pretty hamlet on the South Cape coast, a small village that makes your average one horse town look like a sprawling Chinese suburb on Discount Poodle-Burger Night. I’ve known the

 

Cape Winelands Tourism Expo Update!


Marinda Holtzhausen from Socially Unforgettable initiated the Cape Winelands Tourism Expo (CWTE) project as part of the Stellenbosch Chapter of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce as she felt there was

 

Lamb Shank Milanese, Saffron Risotto – Stefan Marais


Serves 4 Preparation Time: 30 mins Cooking Time: 3.5 hours. An extra 25 minutes for the risotto Ingredients 4 Fresh Karoo hindquarter lamb shanks 4 carrots – peeled and diced 1 large onion – p

 

The wines we drink: Vondeling Chardonnay 2010


I’ve waxed lyrical about Vondeling Wines before when I wrote about the Babiana white blend. It is no secret that we are big Chenin Blanc lovers (the major component in the Babiana blend), but a le

 

Boplaas Port Cape Vintage Reserve 2004


With chocolate and almond torte last night, a bottle of Boplaas Port Cape Vintage Reserve 2004, rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s. I’ve had this wine twice already this year and this

 

Extended hours this weekend!


This weekend we'll be spoiling festival goers with extended trading hours! We'll trade in food, wine and fun until 3pm!     Weather is looking good – so pop down the soft top and take drive t

 

Moksh Authentic Indian Cuisine Opens In Somerset West


Sunil, an entrepreneur originally from Mumbai India, is the brainchild behind the MoKsh Group of Restaurants. MoKsh means freedom or Liberation, and attaining the highest level of satisfaction. He bel

 

La Bri Syrah 2012 – 07.08.14


One of the big successes is a co-fermentation of Shiraz with a touch of Viognier. Irene Waller, GM and Winemaker at La Bri, gets it right with her La Bri Syrah 2012. The grapes were picked at the same

 

Koeksisters or Crullers


A fond childhood memory was waking up early on a Saturday morning when koeksisters [known as crullers in English] were being made early in the morning for a church cake sale.  The syrup was always ma

 

Dom Pérignon 1992


Yesterday my late father Harold would’ve turned 70. At a family supper in his memory, a bottle of Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon 1992. Good colour – straw yellow with a green tinge. The nose w

 

Cathy Marston – Love your Wine


I met Cathy Marston shortly after she arrive in South Africa about 14 years ago.  She and her husband Kevin have been very successful in their new home.  Cathy has recently published a book Love you

 

The Weekender | Cape Town


Right, so I shouldn’t really complain that I’ll be working the entire weekend while you all have fun, because I haven’t been to work since last month. I took leave to deal with the

 

The Domaine de Chevalier of SA? New Savage releases


Duncan Savage has been at the forefront of producing one of the greatest South African whites – Cape Point Isleidh. And with a decade of Isleidh experience, his skills have been honed to bring us t

 

International IPA Day


The celebration of all things hops. Not just beer day, but IPA! In its third year, International IPA Day is the global celebration of one ...The post International IPA Day appeared first on The Craft

 

Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase


Taste exceptional wines with a creative edge and great diversity representing over three decades of winemaking prowess at the Nedbank Cape Wine-makers Guild Auction Showcase in Cape Town on 21 August

 

Bottelary Hills Magic Pops Up At Mooiplaas


Sunday, 31 August Revel in the magic and marvels of the Bottelary Hills wine region, when Mooiplaas Estate & Private Nature Reserve sets an enchanting Langtafel for the area’s seasonal Pop Up W

 

30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction A Showcase Of SA Prowess


Great variety, diversity and craftsmanship shaped by more than three decades of winemaking prowess is the hallmark of the 30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, when a record line-up of 62 singul

 
 

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