[[www.pixabay.com © Pixabay]]
This week we find out why a Chilean winemaker has been toying with dynamite in the subsoil of his vineyards, marvel at the gutsy architecture of a futuristic winery and cellar in Bordeaux and see what the fuss is about cloned wine...
[Nina Timm] What on earth can be better in this weather than to wrap your cold hands around a forgiving bowl of soup...?
[Ruth Cooper] With so many top dining options in Cape Town and with new spots seemingly popping up on the hour, it's easy to forget that there are also top restaurants situated in hotels. I paid a visit to Stella Café and Bar at Southern Sun The Cullinan in the foreshore on Friday night and was truly impressed with this chic restaurant.
[Leigh Andrews] Set against the edge of the V&A Waterfront's yacht-filled harbour, many know Mondiall Kitchen and Bar offers a classy global menu that delights the international palates that pass through its glass doors. It also offers a special evening menu that changes monthly throughout Winter...
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] This week we take a look at the machine that makes wine non-stop; happily note that the fine wine market soared in June; check in with VinPro on their scholarship programme; and look forward to the fabulous wine-related events that will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival in Hyde Park this week.
The President Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town.
Winter is a tricky season for the restaurant business in Cape Town. Dwindling tourist numbers and Capetonians who lock themselves indoors...
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] This week we discuss the potential of the IGWS's robotic vineyard prototype, rejoice at the inclusion of an online wine appreciation course on the Cape Wine Academy log, look forward to the 2016 Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival that takes place in Sandton next week, and give KWV a pat on the back for some well-deserved SAWi accolades.
[Leigh Andrews] The legend of the 'curse of Bainskloof Pass', a lounge complete with board games and a piano just begging to have its ivories tinkled and the legendary Local Grill await you at Wellington's Val du Charron...
[Kim Lawrence] Offering lip-smacking goodness on a plate, SMAK is located at 22 Bree Street, Cape Town and is a charming little corner café. Its menu offers scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches and delicious salads as well as the finest deli selection of cheeses and meats.
[Ruth Cooper] Semi-finalist of the 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and former chef at Ruste en Vrede, Katlego Mlambo chats to us about TV cheffing, food trends and emojis for #YouthMonth.
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] This week we take a look at how the Brexit decision could influence the UK wine trade, get some good news regarding South African job creation, learn more about China's millennial connoisseurs and congratulate Stellenrust on its inclusion in the SAWi Grand Wines Collection.
[Ruth Cooper] Fortunately, my line of work allows me to dine and drink at some of our best local offerings (no complaints here); however last Friday was the first time that I was lucky enough to experience the amazing Babel at Babylonstoren in Paarl.
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] This week we gear up for the 2016 Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival that is set to rock Joburg's socks in less than a month, find out what the deal is with blue and orange wine...
[Ruth Cooper] I have to say that Paarl hasn't really registered on my list of places to explore, besides a trip to the beautiful Laborie Wine Farm last year.
Grande Provence exterior. All images © Grande Provence.
There's nothing 'historically stuffy' about this 47-acre heritage wine estate dating back to 1694.
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] This week's Wine Wrap takes us to the Czech town Becov nad Teplou, the International Volcanic Wine Forum in Italy...
[Kim Lawrence] In Cape Town's beautiful V&A Waterfront, the Kove Collection has added another restaurant to their group. Dalliance, which means "a little love affair", opened their doors in 2015 and serves an authentic tapas menu.
[Anna-Bet Stemmet] Last week was quite an eventful one in the world of wine and we are happy to bring you some good news from around the globe.