Wine & Food

Brenaissance – New”ish” Kids on the Stellies Block

February 12th, 2013 by karen

 Tom and Hayley Breytenbach have opened their little piece of Heaven on Earth – Brenaissance, creating a bit of a renaissance in the Devon Valley area. Tom has managed to amalgamate his three passions into this Wine and Stud Estate, those being his wife and family, wine and cattle. Though neither of them are from…

In the Glass – Jan 2012

January 24th, 2012 by karen

With the L’Ormarins range shifts to new packaging and ranging of their wines they are selling this lovely 2008 Chardonnay for R35 from the cellar door whilst stocks last.  Get there! I’ve worked with the Bouchard Finlayson range of wines, hosting tastings and doing hotel and restaurant staff training on their behalf for several years. …

“God’s Window” – Creation Wine Estate

September 13th, 2011 by karen

I have been lucky enough to visit the Creation Wine Estate several times over the past few months and the view, as well as my experiences there never fail to leave an impression! Creation was kind enough to offer me tickets to the Hermanus Food and Wine Festival.  My  hubby and I went to the…

Muratie Dinner Fun

July 29th, 2011 by karen

I met Francois Conradie, the winemaker from Muratie of the last 6 years, at the Wine Judges Academy earlier this year.  After bumping into him at Old Mutual Trophy Show tasting again it was marvellous to receive an invitation to join him, the Melck family, and other guests for a dinner at the estate.  I…

KC Canteen Spectacular Spanish Affair – Ole

July 27th, 2011 by karen

Having not been to KC Canteen before,  our excitement for the event was evident as we were the first to arrive!  The atmosphere built quickly during the evening with twitterati arriving in their droves and wine and beer on tap enjoyed all round Seated at a casual long table the noise levels increased as plate…

Mini Viognier “Taste Off”

July 14th, 2011 by karen

With summer surprising us with a visit mid-July it seemed like an ideal occasion to open some food friendly white wines at an impromptu lunch.  Thus the creation of a mini Viognier “taste-off” between Tamboerskloof 2010 and Gabrielskloof 2009 with our guest Melissa (@Merlot_Girl). We paired both wines with recipes from the recent editions of…

Middelvlei Boerebordjie

June 28th, 2011 by karen

I was recently invited to Middelvlei, along with several other tour guides, to trial their Boerekosbordjie.  Jeanneret Momberg introduced us to their relatively new food offerings (they have been available for about a year already) Their Boerekosbordjie is based on a selection of home-made South African delicacies: Winter menu: Wholesome soup, home-baked Karoo lamb pie,…

Bartinney Releases Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

June 12th, 2011 by karen

Having fallen in love with Therese de Beer’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from the very first time I tasted them at the Waterfront Wine Affair in 2010 I swiftly went onto host Bartinney at my wine club.   I was thus ecstatic to be invited by Michael and Rose Jordaan to the “media” launch –…

Latest Food & Wine Experiences

May 17th, 2011 by karen

I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that April was a mad month with all the holidays. This meant a lot more socialising and eating out than ever – if you can believe it!  Unfortunately I did not get to take photos and make proper tasting and pairing notes at all the restaurants but I…

Kleine Zalze Lunch at French Toast

April 28th, 2011 by karen

Having been an ambassador on the Kleine Zalze “For the Love of Wine” team last year, taking several guests on various wine tours to the estate, and indulging in a couple of special meals at Terroir, I have become quite familiar, and in fact quite captivated, by the Kleine Zalze wines.  With 3 different ranges:…

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