Fabulously fragrant cashew and mushroom curry

                    Chetna Makan‘s bestselling cookbooks combine her creative flavour twists with a love of simple Indian home cooking. Taking inspiration from the eclectic mix of vegetarian and vegan dishes found in...

Happy 300th Birthday to Groot Constantia

  “I want to express a sense of place in all our wines, a taste of Groot Constantia’s character.” “Groot Constantia’s character for me is about old world charm, restrained elegance that fits its three hundred year history.” “Wine snobbery is not what it is...

Two Tokara reds clinch Top 10 accolades

                One of the not so hidden treasures of the Helshoogte in Stellenbosch is GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira’s Tokara. Here you will find not only some of the best red wines and brandies in the country, a gorgeous Deli and...

Top French wine judges love The Mentors from KWV

The Gilbert and Gaillard Challenge held quarterly in France is one of the most highly regarded internationally. More than 10 000 wines from all over the world are tasted by a panel of the best French tasters. This year KWV’s Mentor series received highly recommended...

Diemersdal —The Journal starts its own history

There’s not much the Louws at Durbanville's Diemersdal cannot do. Everything they turn their hand to is top notch. Known for the superb Sauvignon Blancs as well as some knockout reds, this sixth generation family is firmly rooted in the soil on which they live....

Cape of Good Hope Wines launch two new treasures

One of the treasures of the Franschhoek Valley—which is saying something about somewhere so special –is the Anthonij Rupert Estate. This is the home of some spectacular wines not least of which is the range they call Cape of Good Hope. This range always over delivers...

Join Prim Reddy and Naranj Pather at virtual high tea

    Join cookbook duo Prim Reddy and Naranj Pather for a virtual Food and Cake celebration from their inspiring cookbook ‘Temptations’ in the comfort of your lounge in aid of StreetSmart SA at 15h00 on Sunday, 26 July 2020. ‘Temptations’ embraces the diverse...

Some of my favourite Chardonnays

There is always a time—even  when you start going in to the red wines of winter when you want something white and refreshing, especially when you are eating fish or light creamy pasta dishes. The most grown white grape in SA is Chenin (18.2% of total vineyards)...

Brilliant French beef and red wine casserole

When Cape winter settles in one's thoughts turn to delicious red wine casseroles and of course red wine. One brand we have been drinking quite a lot of, well priced quaffers , just the thing to throw down with no conscience are those from Brandvlei Cellars in...

De Wetshof releases the 30th vintage of Finesse Chardonnay

When you think about Chardonnay in SA there are 3—OK 4—names that immediately spring to mind. These are people who are making world attention grabbing Chardonnays. One of them is definitely De Wetshof in Robertson whose bi annual Celebration of Chardonnay attracts...

Something is cooking at Franschhoek Distillery

There is something cooking in the beautiful town of Franschhoek and for a change it isn’t food from one of those fabulous restaurants. No—at the end of the Main Road behind the Monument is to be found the fruit orchards of the Lermer family on the farm La Verdure....

Survivor Pinotage scores in UK Top 100 Awesome Wines

Isn’t it nice to know that in the rest of the world the business of wine goes on unimpeded? Not only that, but we will soon be able to lay our hands on quality wines including those from one of my favourite wine labels. Survivor Pinotage 2017, an ABSA Top 10 Pinotage...

Now is the time to think alcohol free—with imagination

I never thought I would be writing about wine that was alcohol free but desperate times call for desperate measures and things are getting pretty desperate out there right now. Moving right along ---there are various versions available at select supermarkets ...

Irrepressible Tokara launches 2018 Chardonnay

Winemaker Stuart Botha Tokara vineyards bathed in light It does seem peculiar to be talking about wine under these extraordinary circumstances BUT this too will pass and then we will want to know what has been happening--- it will be like a dream that has passed. In...

Magnificent Merlot from Grande Provence

Thys Smit Jonkershuis at Grande Provence The launch of a single vineyard Merlot at Franschhoek's Grande Provence from the accomplished hands of winemaker Thys Smit was celebrated at Jonkershuis with a slap up lunch by chef Marvin Robyn .  The Merlot was always a key...

Unsinkable Luke Dale Roberts launches gourmet takeaways.

South Africa, Cape Town, 11 May 2020; Now open for orders via www.lukedaleroberts.com , Chef Luke Dale Roberts has launched delivery of gourmet lockdown food hampers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The LDR Gourmet Lockdown Hampers offering is already available in Cape...

Gert Lubbe – a legend passes

Legendary Gert Lubbe the owner of the iconic Montagu Country Hotel has died after a short but devastating illness. Gert was the moving force behind the formation of the famous Route 62 which runs through the town of Montagu and beyond. A man big in stature and in...

The 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winners Announced

As far as Pinotage is concerned, being one of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners is the highest accolade any local Pinotage producer hopes to achieve. The Top 10 winners not only represent the cream of the crop of South African Pinotage, but also serve as a reminder of...

ANDREA FREEBOROUGH NEW HEAD WINE MAKER AT DISTELL

By far the biggest wine company in SA, Distell, home to Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Alto, Fleur du Cap and others has announced that their new head winemaker will be Andrea Freeborough, currently at Nederburg. In her new role Andrea will be managing all aspects of...

GROOT CONSTANTIA CLEANS UP

Groot Constantia is no stranger to the international stage, with the fabulous wines of Boela Gerber always getting the recognition they deserve with his 2009 Chardonnay winning the best white in show at La Revue de Vin de France and many others. The 2016 vintage...

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