Legendary Caroline’s Fine Wines opens in Sea Point

Legendary Caroline’s Fine Wines opens in Sea Point

  Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Cape Town’s legendary specialist wine shop, has relocated after more than two decades from landmark premises in the CBD to new beginnings in Sea Point.  Known internationally as the Cape Town purveyor of fine wines to the...

Stellenbosch Hills reveals two new Sense of Place stunners

Stellenbosch Hills reveals two new Sense of Place stunners

Stellenbosch Hills can always be relied upon to provide well priced popular wines to an eager audience. To show they also can make prestige wines that make you sit up and take notice they have a prize winning range they call Sense Of Place, to which two new wines have...

The other side of the coin–Absinthe and friends.

The other side of the coin–Absinthe and friends.

The mention of Absinthe brings up images of artists in poverty drinking the stuff which drove them mad because of the wormwood used in its creation. So much so that the product was banned in various countries at various times. Of course, that is rot. The thing that...

The other side of the coin–Brandy

The other side of the coin–Brandy

The history of brandy dates back to about 1313 when the French (who else?) discovered that by distilling wine they could make a very potent liquid which they called eau de vie—water of life.  They used this for medicinal purposes before they discovered it really...

2020 Vintage excels in Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10

2020 Vintage excels in Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10

Cheers to South African Sauvignon Blanc, especially those of the 2020 vintage! Sauvignon Blanc South Africa has announced the winners of the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 competition – and no less than seven of the champion wines are from the 2020 vintage, which...

Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2021–just in time for Summer

Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2021–just in time for Summer

Tokara makes two brilliant Sauvignon Blancs, the Elgin Reserve, the grapes for which come from their farm in Elgin and their cheeky younger sister to it, the Sauvignon Blanc 2021. These grapes are a mix of Elgin and Stellenbosch fruit. There is no doubt that they are...

The World’s Best Vineyards chooses Creation

The World’s Best Vineyards chooses Creation

The World’s Best Vineyards is an international platform in which professional judges from all over the world vote for the best vineyards in their countries. The criteria are many but the main thrust is what sort of experience a visitor will have and what the quality...

Constantia Glen releases much anticipated Three 2018

Constantia Glen releases much anticipated Three 2018

High up in the Constantia Hills  winemaker Justin van Wyk quietly makes magic wine that is always a thrill to savour. One of the best he makes is the one they call Constantia Glen Three.  The much anticipated Constantia Glen THREE 2018 has just been released and it is...

Everything’s comin’ up Rosés.

Everything’s comin’ up Rosés.

Just in time for a belated Spring some delicious rosés are peeking their little heads out of the undergrowth. This fresh delicious new taste for the season will definitely add a little frisson to life VERGELEGEN FLORENCE ROSÉ The first rosé from this venerable estate,...

Groote Post releases 2021 Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc

Groote Post releases 2021 Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc

Seasalter is Groote Post’s highly acclaimed flagship Sauvignon Blanc, with a 10% Semillon component and a touch of oak. The Seasalter 2015 and subsequent vintages have been immediate hits with wine lovers. There is no doubt the 2021 vintage will be snapped up by an...

The other side of the coin–Gin!

The other side of the coin–Gin!

Gin apparently was invented in Italy in Salerno by the monks—who else?—as long ago as the 13th century. The Dutch perfected it, the English made it famous and now the whole world drinks it. There are many kinds of gin but they all are supposed to have as an ingredient...

Kleine Zalze big at 20th Amorim Cap Classique Challenge

Kleine Zalze big at 20th Amorim Cap Classique Challenge

  How wonderful to be able to enjoy this prestigious award function celebrated with typical Portuguese flair once again--- this year at Tintswalo Atlantic. Superb view, great food, REAL PEOPLE and the best bubblies in the country—what’s not to like as we say in Sea...

De Krans releases new vintages of Classic Varietals

De Krans releases new vintages of Classic Varietals

  De Krans Wines is not only known for their award-winning port-style wines, but also their innovative approach to developing and producing new wines, typically in celebration of their unique Klein Karoo terroir.  Apart from the popular Premium Moscato range, De...

Bonnievale Cab Sav Triumphs at Young Wine Show

Bonnievale Cab Sav Triumphs at Young Wine Show

Bonnievale Wines has triumphed at the 2021 SA National Young Wine Show, winning the much-envied Roberto Moni Trophy for SA Champion Cabernet Sauvignon – one of the competition’s most hotly contested categories. Bonnievale’s victory began earlier this month however,...

Celestina –a heavenly white blend

Celestina –a heavenly white blend

I suppose if your name is synonymous with the finest wines and if you are known to have the unerring taste to sell only the best international and local wines to a discerning client base, in the end you want to make –or have made—your own wine. In addition if you...

Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners for 2021 announced

Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners for 2021 announced

Professor Abraham Perold, the father of  Pinotage—the uniquely SA grape, the one we can call our own—sadly did not live to taste wine made from the grape he had invented. The famous four seeds he had developed narrowly missed being destroyed had a young lecturer at...

Get Smitten Out and About in Franschhoek

Get Smitten Out and About in Franschhoek

Celebrity chef Chris Smit –he has a TV programme—and his partner Imraan Vagar have been keeping a secret in Franschhoek which is no longer one. Their gorgeous eatery Smitten is wowing the cognoscenti with the light and interesting flavours that Chris conjures up at...

Focus on Pinot Noir

Focus on Pinot Noir

  PINOT NOIR One of the most-loved red wines, Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world - native Pinot Noir vines were available in Burgundy (the birthplace of Pinot Noir) even before the Roman invasions during the first century AD.  Made well,...

Tokara’s rising star joins Plaisir winemaking team

Tokara’s rising star joins Plaisir winemaking team

Some people seem to have charmed lives when it comes to their careers. Take talented young winemaker Tim Whitfield who has been working with the brilliant team at Tokara –and getting the kind of mentoring only they can give –for some years. It has just been announced...

Introducing delicious new 2 litre FATbastard Chardonnay

Introducing delicious new 2 litre FATbastard Chardonnay

Isn’t it nice to know that not only can life get better but it can be simpler? Those clever people at FATbastard have just released an even friendlier version of their award winning Chardonnay with the cheeky little hippo emblazoned on the box. It is EXACTLY the same...