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Roodeberg unveils new favourite

Roodeberg, the well-loved South African red wine from the leading premium wine producer KWV, has revealed the next exciting step in its stylistic evolution with the unfurling of its latest vintage. While The 2011 vintage emerged from a challenging growing and harvest season, we still would have loved to taste those grapes, the quality of…


The event of the year: ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’

‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ will be THE event 2013! This very special evening will take place in Cape Town on 5 September 2013 at the City Hall. This is the first official announcement and we are so proud to say that Mercedes-Benz is going to present this special black-tie charity event….


Good things come in threes

Opulent Taste General Wednesday, 06 March 2013 Florian Gast Every month we present a selection of three wines. As we believe that there are enough descriptions and ratings available, our presentation is strictly by numbers – and sometimes, these numbers can tell entire stories! GRAND PROVENCE: BLEND OF NOBLE RED VARIETALS Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 85%…


Egoli’s most coveted eatery

With accolades such as Eat Out’s best chef and best restaurant (at Rust en Vrede in 2011) under his belt, David Higgs needs little introduction and has transformed the South African culinary landscape with his unique approach to food. Nowadays, he’s plying his trade at the Saxon – a fitting location for a chef of…


Shaken or stirred? Even James Bond doesn’t care

One of London’s finest imports, No. 3 London Dry Gin, hits South African shores just in time for the 2013 summer season  -  and in true form, very much like Bond himself, it’s both strong and disarmingly smooth  -  no stranger to accolades and crafted traditions. Whether enjoyed as an elegant Dry Martini or the…


Reserved for the select few

Au.Ra is an amalgamation of the symbol of gold (Au) and Ra, the Egyptian sun god, is more than a brandy, it is the epitome of pure perfection. It has been handcrafted with patience, skill, and complete dedication with respect to a brandy that has taken a lifetime to create. A true masterpiece, Au.Ra is…


Unlocking new ways to enjoy food and wine

The newly-opened De Grendel Restaurant unlocks new ways to enjoy food, wine and produce from the region’s earth, sky and sea.  Meaning ‘the lock’ De Grendel, once a gateway to the interior, is now the first destination on the Durbanville Wine Valley, literally unlocking the region’s bounty. The restaurant is a culinary collaboration sparked off…


Luxury hotel becomes wine producer

The Table Bay in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has introduced two wines created by winemaker Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines and the hotel’s own experts led by F&B manager Joep Schoof. The launch event for The Captain’s Table wines took place aboard a luxury motor yacht, Princess Emma, which is moored at the…


Italian legacy bottled in the Klein Karoo

Building on the Klein Karoo’s legendary distilling prowess, Barrydale Cellars launches Joseph Barry Husk Spirit, a welcome addition to the region’s rich bounty. “Husk spirit – or grappa as it’s known in Italy – is gaining ground world-wide as a trendy lifestyle drink,” says Riaan Marais, CEO of Southern Cape Vineyards. “That’s why we are…


Cape Town’s first Grand Chef

The annual Relais & Châteaux Congress in Lisbon hosted a gathering of some of the world’s most renowned and celebrated chefs. It was here that Peter Tempelhoff, Executive Chef for The Collection by Liz McGrath, was awarded the prestigious status of Grand Chef.  “To receive this award is something I have dreamed about for many,…

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