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Is Dry January Worth It?

What is at the top of many New Year’s resolutions? For many it’s weight loss and/or abstaining from alcohol.


The Case of America’s Disappearing Gay Bars

In cities like San Francisco and New York, gay bars—once central to both a city’s gay community and the liberation movement itself—are in decline. Peter Lawrence Kane on where LGBT nightlife is headed.

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White Bean Cauliflower “Risotto”

What a vitamin-packed dinner! Cauliflower. As risotto. Delicious!


Image and Performance Sees Continued Domination of Cork

The importance accorded to wine competitions and ratings in South Africa has assisted in underscoring the fact that natural cork remains the preferred closure for premium wines.


The Shifting Image of Champagne

Champagne Louis Roederer’s release of its first “Brut Nature” wine, adorned with a minimalist label and a narrative that reads more “grower” than Grands Marques, has cracked open a discussion about the changing identity of Champagne and its values.


Spotlight on Cape Town’s Top Meeting Venues

Lanzerac Wine Estate

A historic treasure rich in natural splendour; Lanzerac Wine Estate is a hotel, conference venue, idyllic wedding locale, spa and esteemed wine cellar. Set in the majestic Stellenbosch winelands, Lanzerac provides visitors and guests with an experience that is hard to match.



The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the incredible fundraising initiative that raised an astounding R7.045 million for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event, has the eno


Vilafonte Series C – a must for every cellar

Which wines are a must for your cellar this year? According to Steven Spurrier of Decanter, Vilafonté should be top of your list. Following a 10-vintage vertical of Vilafonté Series C, Spurrier h


Three Skulls Grave Digger American Blonde Ale

Grave Digger American Blonde Ale is made by Three Skulls Brew Works in Johannesburg. This is a beer that is made for easy drinking for many different occasions. I enjoyed it as it has sufficient chara


Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2013 – 12.01.2015

It is always a lovely surprise when you come across a wine, which is on your local supermarket shelf, which sells at an even-handed price, which prickles your interest, which lands in your trolley, an


Zonnebloem magic with Jules Mercer

World-travelled food artist, stylist and innovator, Jules Mercer, has been sipping on Zonnebloem’s contemporary classics, inspiring her to whirl up some smart, very sophisticated dishes with an


Tim James: On the need for a list of restaurants that allow BYO

I always feel affronted by restaurant reviews that ignore the winelist, let alone provide any detail. Even in, say, the New Yorker, where it’s a matter of practical irrelevance; more so in blogs and


The places we stay: Mo & Rose in Robertson

We visited the restaurant at Mo & Rose in March of 2013, as guests of the Robertson Wine Valley and we were so impressed that we vowed to spend more time there.  Last year after the Celebration o


Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014

With Ken Forrester The FMC 2012 selling for R350 a bottle from the tasting room and DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 chasing hard at R197.50 a bottle, it’s tempting to conclude that local Cheni


Recipe: Honey and almond Ice-cream

There’s nothing as stressful as making ice-cream from scratch, unless of course you’re the proud owner of a machine that costs gazillions of rands, into which you bung the ingredients and – befo


Explore: Southern Suburbs

I love Cape Town! Everything about this city amazes me! The bustling CBD, the beautiful Winelands, the delicious food, the quaffable wine, the markets, the views, the people, the life – we are spoi


Sedgwick’s Old Brown at Up the Creek

With the Up the Creek festival celebrating its 25th birthday, it’s only fitting that one of South Africa’s most iconic fortified wines, Sedgwick’s Old Brown, will be there to share the warmth al


Spaghetti & prosciutto meatballs– Dianne Bibby

Nothing more perfect and easier for a midweek supper! And perfect too with the wine I recommend, the Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2013. Meatball ingredients 500g lean beef mince 40g prosciutto, finely


Great Stuff from the Guild

We were talking about a herd of lion devouring a still-living eland when Boela Gerber walked in with a bottle. I tried to follow the rest of wild-life photographer Hannes Lochner’s story, which was


Garagista & Vedett, 2 craft beers – 12.01.15

This week on Die Vine Intervention we taste to craft beers, one from Steve Miller of Garagista, recent winner of a Cider Award at the SAB Craft Beer Awards and one from Belgium – Vedett. Both these