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Why do the wealthy spend so much on spirits?

Catching the attention of the high-end, high-flying consumer will only get more challenging as personal wealth increases, writes Becky Paskin.


Touriga Nacional King of the Portuguese vines

With a mere 100 hectares or so planted in South Africa, Touriga Nacional, is widely regarded as Portugal’s premier grape variety possessing the ability to craft exceptionally full-bodied, yet elegant wines such as the Boplaas Gamka & Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Nacional.


Festive Franschhoek

Escape the hustle and bustle of the silly season and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of the Franschhoek Wine Valley to recharge.


A sparkling end to 2014

There’s nothing like going out with a bang … especially when that loud noise signals the ejection of a cork from a bottle, followed by a rush of bubbles. Sparkling wine and festive celebration


Join us on a guided hike

The Hiking Trail is a further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain ar


RECM Best Value Fortis and Stickies

Happy birthday Fortunato Mazzone, best Italian restaurateur in Pretoria. We drank a fortified toast to Forti last night at the last RECM Best Value tasting of the year. A weekly social event at the Ta

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Farm Shop Gift Ideas

During the year the flavour of fresh, farm-baked bread lures visitors to this quaint country shop with its many charming take-home reminders of La Motte, but especially around this time of year, the


Quentin at Oakhurst, Hout Bay, celebrates a successful year

We were invited by owner Quentin Spickernell to his celebration of his restaurant’s first birthday. Attended by guest of honour Sol Kerzner, for whom Quentin worked as Private Chef for many years, i


Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013 exclusive to Woolworths

Expressive, exuberant and delicious, Nederburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013 exudes personality and full-blown flavour in every sip. The velvety-soft and juicy Rhône-inspired red wine


Jasper Raats Signature Wines Cuvée Rika 2012

Earlier in his career, Jasper Raats made top Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough, New Zealand and now that he’s back in South Africa, continues to work with these two varieties when it com


Buy your festive wines

Whether you would like to fill up your wine supply for the season, enjoy a special food and wine combination on the Christmas table or spoil your family and friends with gifts they will definitely tre


Beer for Christmas

My introduction to Beer really began this year and what a ride it has been. From the huge excitement of the launch of the 1895 Castle Draught which took place at Forries with the beer literally arrivi


The Brewmaster: 12B Robust Porter

Brewing really is a simple process. Crush the grain, soak in water. Drain the sweet liquid off and boil it. Cool it down and add your yeast. A week later, you will have beer. But read more The post Th


Fried Fish & Wild Mushrooms – Nina Timm

serves 4 Ingredients 1 kg fresh angel fish , hake of cob 30 ml olive oil 1 clove garlic – peeled and chopped 40-45 ml lime juice – I prefer fresh lime juice 100-150 g butter fresh sage or thyme 25


Gin-Cured Salmon Gravadlax, Tartare-Style – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Jane-Anne Hobbs is a superb ‘cooker’ as my son used to say when he was a little boy.  her ideas are always fresh, interested, packed with flavour and visually stunning.  A dish like this


Boschendal MCC Brut Rosé nv – 11.12.14

Boschendal was amongst the early pioneers of the second fermentation in the bottle sparkling wine, now known as Mèthode Cap Classique. In fact the second wine estate to produce this style of wine, wh


Decanter sizes up local Syrahs

Decanter has published the results of a South African Syrah panel tasting, judged by Tim Atkin MW, Greg Sherwood and Guy Harcourt-Wood. Their top Syrah producers include the likes of Eagles’ Nes


Mystique Sisters – Be Pampered Day Spa

If you’re looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa experience surrounded by mystique and zen the head on down to 49 Chearsley Road in Westville North. This is where the Be Pampered Day Spa, owne


Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – 11.12.14

JD Pretorius was recently given the accolade of Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the year 2014, and not without reason. Having worked at Steenberg from March 2009, this young man has the measure of t


Getting ready for the Festive Season

It’s just a few weeks until Christmas Day. By the time you read this article you may find yourself stranded with challenges getting everything in time for the Christmas Eve dinner, the Christmas Day