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Crispy Moroccan Breakfast Pancakes

Crispy, flaky, and fluffy all at the same time, m’smmen is Morocco’s favourite pastry.


Upcycle your wine corks into retro-style earrings

Repurposing wine corks is easy!


5 Benefits of Grape Seed Oil

Grape seed oil is just what it sounds like – it is the oil extracted from seeds of grapes. The extraction process for these oils is elaborate and complex.


How to tell if a wine is faulty, or merely funky

With so many wine bottles now sealed with synthetic corks or screwcaps, you might assume the problem of faulty wines had been eradicated.


Chef Coco Reinahrz’ favourite Creation Syrah Grenache Pairing

Creation has built a proud reputation for producing wines that are remarkably food friendly, but few are as versatile as the Syrah Grenache


Zonnebloem`s Lauréat brings together the lion and the lamb

Zonnebloem’s flagship wine is Lauréat, a charismatic, plush and polished blend that takes its name from the laurel conferred in ancient times on those worthy of distinction.


Cosying up for winter at Leopard`s Leap Family Vineyards

bracing all that is wonderful about winter in the Winelands, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards will be offering a cosier version of its Rotisserie lunch and Harvest table during weekdays in winter.


Fairview Petite Sirah 2012

Petite Sirah – also known as Durif – is a natural hybrid of Syrah and Peloursin which was discovered by Francois Durif in the south of France in 1920. Today it is mostly grown in Califor


Boplaas launches the new vintages of Portuguese styled table wine and older Cape Vintage Reserve Ports at Dear Me

We were invited to taste four Boplaas wines made with Port varieties and four of their ports last Thursday. The tasting was held in Tjing Tjing on the ground floor and then we went upstairs to the Dea


Young Guns 5

I thought I would write about the energetic Young Guns tasting in Cape Town presented by Wine Cellar quickly after the fact whilst I am still basking in the after glow (the most pleasant description o


Debra’s Weekender: Durban

Hold onto your slops Durban, the weekend is here and you will need to prepare yourself for all the amazing events the city has lined up for you. Don’t let me ever hear you say that nothing hap


Modest and lovely Thorne & Daughters

The occasion of the release of two new vintages from Thorne & Daughters was, in its modest way, one of my more exhilarating recent wine experiences. With “modest” as a key word, in fac


Durbanville Hills Table Mountain Experience

With a panoramic view of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island, Durbanville Hills Wines is situated in one of the most unique settings in the Western Cape. And to celebrate this unique view, the


La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2013

Food, art and culture are given much prominence at La Motte in Franschhoek so it’s sometimes difficult to know what to think about the wines but the two current releases in the top-end Pierneef


Peri-Peri Chicken Under a Brick with Chilli Butter — Ina Paarman

This technique allows the braaier the opportunity to show off a little. The brick is fantastic to assist with moisture retention and flavour development. The micro cook beforehand guarantees ‘co


‘British pubs owe a lot to the Black Death’

A British professor says the Black Death had a surprising side effect: the British pub.


Restaurant review: Open Door

On a dark night in early June, during loadshedding, a friend and I were accommodated at Open Door without a booking. I doubt we’ll be so lucky again. Open Door had only been open a matter of da


Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2014 — 25.06.2015

The 2013 vintage of this wine won Best Chardonnay in the world at a competition in France recently – this vintage should walk away with the prize too. It is a stonker of a wine. Boela Gerber al