2020 DINERS CLUB WINEMAKER AND YOUNG WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The winners of the 2020 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were announced at a black-tie gala dinner at La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek on Saturday 21st November, with Johan Malan (Simonsig Wines) and Philip Theron (Glen Carlou) claiming top honours respectively. The Winemaker and Young Winemaker awards, focusing on quality…

Montgolfier Day – 21 November

236 Years since the first balloon flight! The 21st November marks the 236th Anniversary for the first untethered hot air balloon flight. This most certainly is a celebrated date on the ballooning calendar. The hot air ballooning community is rather small in South Africa; considered a speciality flying skill (different to the requirements of being a “fixed…

Chateau Del Rei Sweet Red – the new bubbly in a can

Embrace the fabulous flair of Chateau Del Rei Sweet Red, the latest addition to the stylish collection of sparkling wines in a can. Delight in the vibrant fruity aromas of ripened plum, strawberry and blackcurrant and savour the elegant, lingering finish long after the last sip. This vivacious ruby red sparkler pairs well with pizza,…

Four Cousins Strawberry Fields Ice-Cream Lollies

The Beatles’ 1967 hit “Strawberry Fields Forever” has long been considered one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded. And your taste buds will be singing when you indulge in the Four Cousins Strawberry Fields cream liqueur. I’ve given it a grown-up twist for a summer dessert. “Let me take you down‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry…

Four Cousins Marula Dream Ice-Cream Cones

The Four Cousins Marula Dream is not just a creamy liqueur, which can be enjoyed chilled on a scorching day, but a versatile ingredient in the grown-up ice cream cone. Marula & Praline Ice Cream Cones INGREDIENTS: Marula Dreams Ice-Cream 600 ml Double Cream 1 teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla 3 tablespoons (45ml) Marula Dream liqueur 1…

Van Loveren’s nature-focused Rhino Run Wines go organic

Good news for environmentally conscious wine-lovers is that South Africa’s Rhino Run Wines are now 100% organic. The change applies across the full, nature-friendly range produced by Van Loveren Vineyards and comes into effect from this year’s vintage. Organic farming principles demand the reduced chemical usage on grapes and in the vineyards and lead to…

It’s World Champagne Day!

ITS WORLD CHAMPAGNE DAY ON FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2020 SO, POP OPEN THE BOLLINGER AND CELEBRATE! Today, Friday 23rd October 2020, is World Champagne Day, a special day when champagne lovers around the world raise a toast to the beloved gift that the region of Champagne in France has given to the world. So, celebrate…

De Grendel’s Heritage – Three Centuries and Four Generations

De Grendel celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, marking three centuries of a Cape landmark whose story – and that of its fourth-generation owners, the Graaff family – is deeply woven into South Africa’s history. Renowned for its award-winning wines and its restaurant rated among the best for fine dining in South Africa and Africa,…

Make Every Day A Skyline Day

Skyline Late Harvest is a sleek, delicious and full-bodied wine that launched last year. It may no longer be the new kid on the block, but this attractive youngster continues to draw attention wherever stocked. In case you missed out on this crowd-pleaser, let’s paint the picture for you. Imagine a wine resplendent with tones…

Schalk Opperman: Quoin Rock’s new winemaker a man on a mission

“Craftsmanship in the vineyard and innovation in the cellar lead to wines that truly embody our terroir.” Quoin Rock’s wine philosophy, as well as its infrastructure, resources and willingness to expand are what appealed to its new winemaker, Schalk Opperman. Opperman’s passion for wine already started at school where he first studied about “the nectar…

Unveiling the Barista 2020 Pinotage on International Pinotage Day 2020

“Think of chocolate coated espresso coffee beans with candied cherries and butterscotch. Does this sound delicious? It is indeed. There’s so much to love about the Barista Pinotage. Have a taste and see for yourself.” These are the words of winemaker legend, Bertus Fourie, who earned himself a place in SA’s wine hall of fame…

Cape Of Good Hope Caroline Wins Best In Class At Old Mutual Trophy Show

With awards season in full swing the industry is abuzz with news on their wines. One of the latest announcements is the highly anticipated 2020 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results, which saw Anthonij Rupert Estate’s Cape of Good Hope Caroline 2016  awarded the Best White Wine Blend in the Museum Class Category.  The results…

Preparing for International Pinotage Day on 12 October – Barista 2020 Pinotage

In the unique world of creating distinctive wines, winemaker Bertus Fourie is a legend. He earned the nickname ‘Starbucks’ for his exceptional skill in producing the coffee-flavoured Barista Pinotage. With a string of degrees in microbiology, chemistry and oenology, as well as various business qualifications, Bertus was Cellar Master and Viticulturist at Diemersfontein and later…

The magic of Zandvliet wines springs from a unique terroir

“Zandvliet is the essence of a place in time,” says Jacques Cilliers, winemaker at the eponymous Cape estate. “It is the echo of history and everchanging influence of Nature. “Fortunately for us, our vines adore it and it shows in the wine,” he adds. For many, Zandvliet is the home of Shiraz. The wine estate…

Robertson Winery Non-alcoholic Sparkling Wines

With the trend towards a healthier lifestyle and the stricter enforcement of drinking and driving laws, a new era of moderation is upon us. Enter the ‘mindful drinking’ movement started by millennials, the global trend of choosing alcohol-free or low-alcohol drinks for health and social reasons. Alcohol brands are avidly embracing this new breed of…

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Celebrates Summer In Style

Suffering from lockdown blues? Now that we’re on Level 1 and allowed larger gatherings be sure to save the date for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6 to 8 November. What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of…

De Krans Wines Excels On The Competition Front

It’s the height of the competition season for the wine industry, and De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp is no stranger to bringing home sought after accolades. Confirmation that they are still regarded as South Africa’s leading producer of port-style wines. In July the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2017 was named as one of the…