Tag Archives: Spier

Platter’s announces 2022 award-winning wineries, and cultivar winners!


At an event in Stellenbosch on Friday, the new 2022 black-and-gold cover design and a refreshed corporate logo for the Platter’s by Diner’s Club 2022 South African Wine Guide  was presented, the three Award-winning wineries announced, and the Wines of the Year Awards in 28 categories were presented.

This 42nd edition of  the Wine Guide features more than 900 wine producers, merchants, and brands, including 36 new ones, more than 8000 locally produced wines, as well as brandies, husk spirits, and sherry-style wines.

For the first time in eight years the Platter’s Awards were not presented by its Publisher JP Rossouw, who left the publication earlier this year.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 11 of Level 1, 11 October 2021


Monday 11 October 2021, Day 11 of Level of 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a quiet day, writing and admin-ing all day, with two Bakoven walks at the beginning and end of the day, to avoid the heat of the 27 C day; for no Loadshedding today; for meeting the lovely Ute Hermanus, who has a Good Hope FM slot on Tuesday evenings called ‘Cape Town After Dark’, coming to eat at Utopia with her friend Kaylin Willscott, an intern in the wine department of Spier, welcoming and chatting with them for far longer than planned, having such a good time; for a Continue reading →

Restaurant Winter Specials: Cape Town and Winelands (10 June 2021)


The Winter months are always tough on restaurants, as diners are not keen to leave their homes when it is cold and wet. With the reduced trade, added to Loadshedding,  and the earlier Curfew start time, restaurants are keen to attract business by offering Winter specials.

I will compile an ongoing Restaurant Winter Specials list for Cape Town and Winelands Restaurants, updated regularly. I welcome all information about Winter Specials. Continue reading →