Dine in spectacular Japanese style at Oku Franschhoek

Dine in spectacular Japanese style at Oku Franschhoek

  It's not often that one can say one has had a spectacular meal, not just good, not just excellent, but spectacular. Just such an occasion arose last weekend in Franschhoek at the Japanese restaurant owned by Ryan Shell called Oku. The room is calm and relaxing...

Morgenster Estate -The Helderberg’s Hidden Gem

Morgenster Estate -The Helderberg’s Hidden Gem

    Situated in Somerset West, Morgenster Estate is a little piece of Italian heaven offering visitors a stellar wine range, award-winning extra virgin olive oils and bespoke experiences.   Their contemporary tasting room perched on the edge of a dam is the...

Fabulous La Romantica Restaurant at Meerendal Durbanville

Fabulous La Romantica Restaurant at Meerendal Durbanville

    If you haven't been to Durbanville lately, and especially to the classic Meerendal Wine Estate, now is the time to fire up the Benz and get there. Those clever people have opened a great new restaurant there called La Romantica and, as you can imagine,...

The delights of a De Grendel Durbanville wine tasting

The delights of a De Grendel Durbanville wine tasting

The Durbanville Hills Wine Route is close to the city and the home of some superb Sauvignon Blanc wines. One of the best and most spectacularly placed estates there is De Grendel. Here you can taste their magnificent wines in the most comfortable tasting areas with...

Get to lunch at Klein Roosboom’s Jean Restaurant

Get to lunch at Klein Roosboom’s Jean Restaurant

The place that calls itself Cape Town’s best kept secret is no longer a secret judging from Sunday’s visit when it was packed to the rafters. There are two charming ways of eating here-- one in the cute cellar rooms while having a wine tasting with a charcuterie...

Unwind Italian Style at beautiful Idiom Somerset West

Unwind Italian Style at beautiful Idiom Somerset West

  There's a gorgeous aria in La Traviata in which the hero sings that he is living "quasi in ciel"-- almost in heaven. Italy can do that to you--if you let it. Thousands of us descended on Idiom Vineyards in Somerset West last weekend to immerse ourselves in the...

Dont miss the Jewish Literary Festival

Dont miss the Jewish Literary Festival

  If the words exciting, stimulating, interesting, and provocative get you going then the Jewish Literary Festival is just the place for you. With over 50 authors there and vast topics being discussed, the day promises to be, at the very least, fulfilling in the...

The Brookdale Bistro has opened in the Paarl winelands

The Brookdale Bistro has opened in the Paarl winelands

  The setting is gorgeous, the food is great and innovative, the service is brilliant, the wines are delicious--can this really be true? Yes, I have been-- and it is a great experience--get yourself there soon before the cognoscenti descend and make it difficult...

Don’t miss The Summer  Wines Festival Mar 4 Franschhoek

Don’t miss The Summer Wines Festival Mar 4 Franschhoek

One of the Cape’s favourite events - The Summer Wine Festival - is back, and this year takes place at Country Grand in Franschhoek on Saturday March 4 from 11:00 to 16:00. Organiser Darielle Robertson has lined up some amazing summer wines from several top estates...

Get to De Grendel’s inaugural sunset concerts Feb 19

Get to De Grendel’s inaugural sunset concerts Feb 19

    Boasting one of the most majestic views in Cape Town, the inaugural De Grendel Concerts promise a proudly South African music powerhouse with Watershed and Taryn Lamb on Sunday 19 February 2023 - a sunset concert experience like no other. You can join...

Spectacular setting at Fick’s Pool Restaurant Hermanus

Spectacular setting at Fick’s Pool Restaurant Hermanus

I often say “if you are ever in such and such a place, do make sure you go to so and so for a meal and spoil yourself.” However today I am forced to say “Do get to Hermanus as soon as you are able. Make sure you stay overnight somewhere nice and head to Fick’s Pool...

Celebrate the harvest in delicious style at Steenberg

Celebrate the harvest in delicious style at Steenberg

Grape harvest time is a joy anywhere in the world, especially, of course, where we live, in the Cape. Here the air is full of the aroma of millions of grapes being crushed on their way to being made into some of the finest wines on the planet. There is a new energy...

Gamberro Rosso’s top Cape Town Italian restaurants

Gamberro Rosso’s top Cape Town Italian restaurants

  If you want to eat Italian, and who doesn't every now and then, the top Italian restaurants in Cape Town were recently nominated by those clever people at Gamberro Rosso. They were in town to introduce us to some of the spectacular wines available from Italy on...

Get to Muratie’s Harvest Festival Feb 25 and 26

Get to Muratie’s Harvest Festival Feb 25 and 26

  Muratie’s Harvest Festival, an annual highlight on wine lovers’ calendars, is on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2023. This popular event, farm living at its finest, takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate. Relaxed wine...

Vergelegen wine estate celebrates birth of rare baby quagga

Vergelegen wine estate celebrates birth of rare baby quagga

  Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West, renowned for its environmental programmes, is celebrating the birth of a young ‘Rau’ quagga, a rare zebra sub-species.   The arrival of the healthy youngster is a milestone in an ambitious project, initiated by  a...

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...

Out and about at Ellerman House Bantry Bay

Out and about at Ellerman House Bantry Bay

  If you are ever looking for somewhere to stay in beautiful Cape Town, and who isn't at some stage of their lucky lives? --- and if you prefer to get away from the busy Waterfront and the city itself, then superb Ellerman House is just made for you. High up on...

Skip to the loo at De Brasserie in The Strand

Skip to the loo at De Brasserie in The Strand

  In the “old “ days The Strand was a sleepy little town packed with lucky retirees who were only too happy to find a burger chain or steak house at which to eat. Today the scene is very different. Oh yes, there are still retirees but they are from all over the world...