Wellington-based Bosman Family Vineyards has looked at Italian wine styles, grape varieties from Sicily being particularly suitable to plant locally, given climate change and our current shortage of water. The wine estate has been in the Bosman family ownership for eight generations already.  (more…)

The world’s largest Cocktail Challenge is inviting entries to bartenders to participate in the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2018. Entries close on 30 June, a media statement from Paddington Station PR informs. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Labia Theatre, and its usherette Christine, who organized a reserved seat for me for each of the two recent screenings of the Camino de Santiago movie and documentary, screened over two consecutive days. I had pre-paid the tickets, but couldn’t reserve a seat. I was coming through from Franschhoek for the first screening, and was worried that I would not get a good seat. Christine always has a friendly (more…)

I am a dedicated ├╝ber-loyal Kfm listener, and was shocked to hear that the new Primedia CEO Omar Essack is planning drastic changes in the Kfm DJ line-up, not one presenter staying in the same daytime slot as currently, from 3 July onwards. The Drivetime Show presenters finish off today, and Ryan O’Connor has already left the Breakfast Show, taking a break currently.  The leaked information about the planned changes made the front page of the Weekend Argus recently. (more…)

Yesterday I was spoilt with a lunch to try out some of the dishes on the Winter Menu at Mondiall Kitchen & Bar. Mondiall Chef Stephen Mandes has devised a Winter warmer menu, both for Lunch and Dinner, with a winter special for each too.  (more…)

Yesterday I attended the Chenin Blanc Showcase, a tasting of a selection of 50 Chenin Blanc wines, at the Cape Grace Hotel. Chenin Blanc is a cultivar growing in popularity, and we tasted the different styles of Chenin Blanc.  (more…)

Last week I ate lunch at the new Origins Restaurant at The Marine, the second poor experience I have had at the hotel, despite the hotel having new co-owners, and a new GM and Chef. Given its five star status (they have lost their Relais & Chateux status), the dining experience was unacceptable.  (more…)

The Hermanus FynArts Festival has offered a multitude of talks, workshops, and tastings over the past ten days. One of these was a talk on Friday by Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, about the history of the Hemel en Aarde wine region. The talk was held at Braemar, the Hamilton Russell residence on the wine estate. (more…)

I have been an avid supporter of OpenWine, ever since Seth Shezi and I went to pop in to see the wine tasting service and wine shop, which opened on Wale Street in August last year. I enjoyed their weekly wine estate introductions and tastings, which were held for a couple of months. On Tuesday Llewellyn Lambert and I attended a new format wine educational and tasting at OpenWine. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Frames 4 Africa in Hermanus, and its owner Zelda, for the excellent service of framing a drawing which I had bought at an art gallery, within 24 hours of bringing it to them. Zelda kept her promise of the timing, and sent me a text message to confirm that the framing was ready for collection. I have never received such a speedy framing service!  (more…)

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