The Cape Wine Auction 2018 raises R17.5 million for education

SA philanthropic initiative has raised nearly R73 million since it was launched. Saturday, February 10: The 2018 Cape Wine Auction, held at Rustenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has raised R17.5 million for education in the Cape winelands and has amassed nearly R73 million in its five years of existence. The day’s highest bid of R750…

American Express Friday Night Barrel Auction a Resounding Success

Friday February 9, Tokara, Stellenbosch Guests at Friday night’s American Express Barrel Auction were witness to some seriously spirited bidding for rare and sought after lots and the chance to own some truly one-of-a-kind wines. The Mvemve Raats MR De Compostella lot – which comprised of eight bottle of the estate’s 2012-2015 vintages – went…

Gastronomic Girl Power at award-winning Restaurant Mosaic

South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall – currently the reigning Best Female Chef in the World – has been joined at the award-winning Restaurant Mosaic by one of the country’s most exciting female sommeliers, 28-year-old Taryn Nortje. Says Nortje: “It is any sommelier’s dream come true to work in a restaurant which boasts the finest cellar in…

Merry Gin-mas!

Thank you for sharing the 12 Gins To Christmas adventure with me. It’s been gin-tastic and a blast! Today we enjoy a gin which is not included in the Daily Drams gin advent calendar.  This incredible creation is insta-envy worth for the magical transformation which occurs before your eyes…. The Time Anchor Distillery Mirari Blue…

ONE Gin to Christmas!

New Harbour Distillery Gin – Spekboom // iGwanitsha Gin South Africa’s Carbon Neutral Craft Distillery It’s a beautiful day in the African bushveld and a perfect day for a local (and indigenous) gin.  As I enjoy the last selection of the Daily Drams gin advent calendar I couldn’t have asked for a better stage to…

2nd Gin to Christmas

Boplaas Gin The very elusive and rumoured Boplaas Gin was a surprise in my ginvent calendar! This finely crafted gin from the Klein Karoo (South Africa) is produced by the Nel Family of Calitzdorp. Boplaas is renowned for the wine it produces, however winemakers are not restricted to the wine presses.  KWV, which produces exceptional…

3rd Gin to Christmas

Ginologist Spice Where science meets gin…. I recall the humble, yet ambitious, beginning of this brand.  Now this is a staple in our drinks cabinet (for various reasons). My very first “gin tasting” experience was with this brand and everything I know know about the botanicals and “perfect serve” was presented by the passionate Gauteng-based…

4th Gin to Christmas

Tanqueray Gin – London Dry Gin Cheers to Charles Tanqueray!  This brave soul traded the church for the still.  And four days to Christmas some people would scoff and groan, but let’s be honest the best drinks were stoked by the monks and clergy. This traditional London Dry Gin has a proud 180 year tradition…

Malfy Gin Lemon Cake recipe

Here’s a Christmas cake recipe which does not conform to the tradition, however this version makes use of the Italian spirit of the Mediterranean. Ingredients to make Malfy Gin Lemon Cake: 50ml Malfy Con Limone Gin 225 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing) 300 grams caster sugar 6 large eggs 350 grams plain flour…

5th Gin to Christmas

Malfy Gin – Gin from Italy distilled with lemons The poster-child of Italian decadence and a ocean-side lifestyle.  The crisp blue and yellow branding screams Italian clichés of fast cars, ocean breezes and tanned bodies. I can close my eyes and picture rows of sun loungers topped with miles and miles of brown legs crisscrossed…

Strawberry & Rose Syrup

It was a combination of inspirations, from the pink hue of The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company’s Pink Lady gin, to the discussion about French Toast topped with rich and velvety Mascarpone cheese, plump fresh strawberries then lightly drizzled with honey… Capturing all these flavours and showcasing the Pink Lady Gin was the challenge. …

6th Gin to Christmas

Cape Town Gin Company – The Pink Lady Gin In the spirit of Christmas, and a wonderful summer filled with sunshine and rain, I present my version of the Pink Lady Gin – in a refreshingly frozen state.  Take a look at my suggestion for this floral gin, and get the recipe for my Rose…

7th Gin to Christmas

The Woodstock High Tea Gin Time for a “spot of tea”  with Woodstock. Channeling my Alice in Wonderland vibes, I am feeling festive with a High Tea Gin, with flair!  Take a look at the Woodstock High Tea Gin, Balsimo Beads – Rose, Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic and a wedge of Lime. About the distillery…

8th Gin to Christmas

SALT RIVER GIN by Hope on Hopkins   About the Distillery A more contemporary style, the Salt River Gin brings South African flavours to the fore. Made using the London Dry one shot method, this gin is influenced by Hope on Hopkins’ distillery’s location based in the heart of the Western Cape: their Single Malt…

9th Gin to Christmas

Inverroche Amber We’ve gotten to the single digits and Christmas is approaching fast.  Here’s my 9th Gin to Christmas all the way from Stilbaai, Western Cape.  Festive greetings friends! Red bush, Rooibos tea flavours emerge to taste with hints of sweet toffee apples that give way to delicate florals. The spice returns towards the end…

Home-made Sweet Chilli Sauce

The alternative to slaving away in front of a bubbling pot of chillies would be to succumb to the supermarket version, but do you really know what is crammed into that bottle?  Prepare a batch of this home-made sweet chilli sauce and be assured of the ingredients and the amount of heat, you determine what…

10th Gin to Christmas

The Botanist Gin With an array of botanicals this gin has a spunk of bitterness and is dubbed as a traditionalist in the slow distillation process. I dressed The Botanist up for Christmas with a spunky red coat and African flair.  Bring on the 10th gin to Christmas, with a fiesty sideplate of nacho chips…

Home-made Biltong

With the recent price-hike of beef, this snack has become a delicacy and quite an art to prepare at home. Today I share with you a traditional home-made Biltong recipe; all these ingredients are easily obtained from your local supermarket and will require a little patience. Brine 60 ml white wine vinegar 3 tbsp worcestershire…

11th Gin to Christmas

Triple 3 Juniper The second Christmas treat and gintail is made with the Triple 3 100% Juniper Berry gin.  This handcrafted South African gin is perfect to celebrate the festive season; with christmas-inspired aromas and flavours which include pine, cloves, menthol and vanilla.  The best way to enjoy this flavourful gin is to serve it with…