Q&A with Vilafonte’s Mike Ratcliffe

Yes, I’ve subscribed to his newsletters.  Yes, I’ve drank his amazing wines.  Yes, I’ve had ample opportunity to meet him.  Yet, I have never managed to come face to face with this marketing and brand idol.  Here’s what he had to say about the new Vilafonté 2011 Series C Magnum and his luxury wine brand…

Warwick Wine Estate does it again!

Awarded three 5-star ratings by The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2019 The Blue Lady 2015, a classic Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate, aged in 225-litre tight grain, medium and light toast French oak barrels. The wine is redolent of blackberries, crème de cassis with hints of graphite and tobacco leaf. Only…

Iain Banner appointed to Cape Wine Auction Trust Board

Iain Banner has been appointed to the board of the Cape Wine Auction Trust and joins the trust’s five other members – Wendy Appelbaum, Paul Cluver, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Raymond Ndlovu and Mike Ratcliffe. Banner is the co-founder of a number of successful companies, events and charities, including Sports International, the Gary Player Design Company, the…

In the hot seat with Letoya Makhene on Tropika Smoooth Fan

This week, Letoya Makhene was in the hot seat on SABC 1’s exciting new celebrity quiz show Tropika Smoooth Fan as she set out to find her smooothest fan.  During the show, viewers at home uncovered some interesting facts about the star during the exciting live quiz show. In Tropika Smoooth Fan, four die-hard celebrity fans…

Are there Carbs in wine? Read this!

Are There Really Carbs in Wine? by Reagan If you’re the type of person that likes to have a glass of wine with dinner, or when you’re hanging out with friends, or any time at all, you want to know what it’s all about, right? You want to know if it’s good for you, bad for…

Dolci Café – a slice of Italy in Craighall Park

… and two generations of restaurateurs. Dolci Café – one of Johannesburg’s destination restaurants when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine – has an impressive pedigree. It’s owned and run by Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband, actor Clayton Boyd (Generations: The Legacy is just one of his impressive list of credits) as well as…

De Grendel Triumphs at Michelangelo Awards 2018

… picking up a trophy and three double gold medals In one of the most competitive line-ups in the 22 year history of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirts Awards, De Grendel – one of the 12 estates located in Cape Town’s Durbanville Wine Valley, has walked away with the African Cellar Suppliers Pinot Noir…

Meerendal Launches Farmers’ Market

Meerendal, one of the Durbanville Wine Valley’s most prestigious and popular wine estates, has announced the launch of a Farmers’ Market that will be held on the grounds of the estate on a number of Saturdays of every month, starting this weekend on Saturday, September 1, from 07:30 to 17:00. The next one will take…

Africa’s Magical Mootee in World’s Top 10

Mootee Bar opened their doors in Melville, Johannesburg, less than a year ago and already this critically acclaimed hot-spot is taking the very essence of Africa to the heart of the cocktail culture globally. Now Mootee Bar is recognised as one of this year’s top 10 best new cocktail bars in the world by the Spirited Awards.

It’s Wine, Dine & Stein Time…

Jack and Charlie Stein – sons of acclaimed British chef Rick Stein – have been filming in Cape Town recently, completing two episodes of a new food series from Oxyg3n Media called Wine, Dine & Stein. They will return in January to shoot the remaining 11 episodes; with @JagComms.

The SECRET is out!

CLANDESTINE DINING CONCEPT, SECRET EATS, RETURNS TO ITS SOUTH AFRICAN ROOTS FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION SecretEATS is an exclusive dining experience unlike any other. Top, talented chefs and young, rising stars are invited to step out of their everyday kitchens and into a mystery location to create a once-off dining experience that leaves guests hungry for…

Meet South Africa’s Top Young Wine Fundi and Judge at Sommeliers Selection

Ahead of Sommeliers Selection wine festival Wikus Human – currently head sommelier at David Higgs’ acclaimed Joburg restaurant Marble and the newly opened Saint – is one of South Africa’s rising wine stars. He is currently South Africa’s best young sommelier having taken the title in the inaugural competition held by the South African Sommelier…

Darling Sweet Launches Caramels Range

Darling Sweet, one of South Africa’s premier toffee manufacturers recently celebrated its fourth anniversary and, to mark the occasion, owners Hentie van der Merwe and Frits van Ryneveld, have launched a range of Soft Caramels to sit alongside and compliment their ever burgeoning Toffee collection. 

Acclaimed Mexican Chef to Visit Gauteng

The Embassy of Mexico to South Africa is pleased to announce that acclaimed Mexican chef Alam Méndez Florián will be travelling to Gauteng next month to promote Mexican gastronomy.

It’s #WoWSA time! Meet Rosemary Mosia from Bridge of Hope Wines

The Bridge of Hope Wines is one of the wineries who will be featured at the upcoming Women of Wine South Africa (WoWSA) Festival. It is a family business founded by entrepreneur Rosemary Mosia – a teetotaller before the wine bug bit after a visit to the Cape winelands in 2001 – and her two…