Boet Beer Brewery takes gold medal at 2023 African Beer Cup

Boet Beer Brewery takes gold medal at 2023 African Beer Cup

 Is there anything the Four Cousins can't do? Now it's beer they are excelling in! Their Robertson-based craft brewery Boet Beer won a coveted gold medal at the 2023 African Beer Cup – the biggest beer competition in Africa. The brewery won gold in the International...

All is definitely not lost at fabulous Allesverloren

All is definitely not lost at fabulous Allesverloren

    The imposing Kasteelberg towers over the Riebeek Valley where the twin towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West vie for attention. Here lies one of the country’s most historic wine estates,Allesverloren, makers of some of the very finest red wines and...

Another great way to spoil Mom with bubbles next weekend

Another great way to spoil Mom with bubbles next weekend

If your Mom loves bubbly,  Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc has just released an eye-catching, limited edition Magnum beautifully adorned in a glamorous gift box--- the ultimate spoil this Mother’s Day. Fun, fruity and fresh, this vivacious bottle fermented bubbly...

Streetsmart Circle of Diamonds Raffle

Streetsmart Circle of Diamonds Raffle

  While we are wining and dining and enjoying life, let us never forget those who are not as fortunate as we are. Here is a worthy cause that needs help---and you could win a set of real diamnd studs! By buying a ticket for R250 a beautifully crafted pair of...

Lots to bid for at the Cape Wine Auction

Lots to bid for at the Cape Wine Auction

  In case you were wondering what to do with yourself on February the 18th, and if you have a lot of time and money on your hands, both of which you're not quite sure how to deal with, well, why don't you think of getting to the Cape Wine  Auction which I...

Celebrating a Decade of The Cape Wine Auction

Celebrating a Decade of The Cape Wine Auction

  One of the world’s most renowned charity wine auctions, The Cape Wine Auction (CWA), returns in 2023, marking the 10th anniversary since its launch in 2014.This year’s the event will take place on Saturday, February 18 at the luxurious Hazendal  Wine Estate in...

Tokara releases new vintages–and a treasure!

Tokara releases new vintages–and a treasure!

  Last week Tokara introduced us to their latest vintages at a great function at elegant Ellerman House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. On hand was owner GT Ferreira, the urbane GM Karl Lambour and wine maker Stuart Botha. Needless to say, the wines themselves were...

Celebrate with fabulous gins!!

Celebrate with fabulous gins!!

  The good news is that the Whitley Neill superb range of excellent gins is now being made in in South Africa. This means that, while it is still a premium product, the price of this brilliant gin will not rip your heart out. The other good news is that they are...

Bonnievale has all the right moves to bring home the medals

Bonnievale has all the right moves to bring home the medals

  Bonnievale Wines has crowned a record, award-winning year with fresh accolades in recent days from two leading championships, namely the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge and Platter’s South African wine guide. At the former, Golds were awarded to...

Tis the season to give awards—to someone.

Tis the season to give awards—to someone.

  THE DINERS CLUB WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR Unless you are living under a rock or, like many of my subscribers, are living out of the country and could not care less, you must have noticed this is the season to give awards. Very important as it is to measure ourselves...

On Turkish thyme with Musgrave INSPIRIT alcohol free gin

On Turkish thyme with Musgrave INSPIRIT alcohol free gin

  While there is no doubt that removing alcohol from wine affects the taste to some degree, and often to a large degree, this is certainly not the case with Simone Musgrave's delicious alcohol-free gin which is called Inspirit. Here you have all the flavours and...

Laborie cleaning up at awards

Laborie cleaning up at awards

Laborie in Paarl, acclaimed for its Cap Classiques, and its equally awarded range of white and red still wines, as well as a layered fortified wine, have been cleaning up with multiple awards in 2022. Notably, Laborie Chenin Blanc 2022 attracted a coveted Platinum...

Veritas Awards acknowledge quality of KWV brandies

Veritas Awards acknowledge quality of KWV brandies

I have been drinking KWV brandies all my life. Great value, superb quality and unwavering reliability. Being called House of Fire is such a quirky touch! The annual Veritas Wine Awards are renowned for being one of the most prestigious wine and spirits competitions in...

2022 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top Ten announced

2022 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top Ten announced

  The top 10 SA Sauvignon Blanc wines have just been announced. A panel of leading wine experts chose the 10 from 161 wines submitted during the prestigious 2022 FNB Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 competition, the only one devoted solely to SB wines.    ...

Veritas Overall  champion Tokara triumphs–again!!

Veritas Overall champion Tokara triumphs–again!!

  Tokara’s Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is the overall champion of the 2022 Veritas Awards clinching the Duimpie Bayly Vertex trophy, the top accolade awarded by South Africa’s premium wine competition. Crowned the best of the more than 1 300 wines...