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#WINECOCKTAIL REPERTOIRE: THE PINK PANTHER

Celebrate the blessings of 2017 and the opportunities of 2018 with a few wine cocktails! The Pink Panther is pink and pretty, but it has a lovely tang, is very smooth and much more sophisticated than the average pink drink!

A picture on every bottle

La Motte's premium Pierneef Collection of wines are often praised for their quality, versatility and consistency, but the estate using Pierneef artworks as labels for these wines, makes for another interesting talking point.

Each vintage of the Pierneef Syrah Viognier and Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc, respectively, have six different linocut artworks – essentially six different labels. This means that each six-bottle presentation of the Pierneef Collection offers a collection of different artworks selected for that specific vintage.  

South Africa's Cape Wine Route: My Top 5 favourite Vineyards

If you enjoy wine as much as I do then you will have even more reasons to be impressed by Cape Town. The ‘Mother City” and winner of the Telegraph ‘Best City in the World’ award 2017 is not only a wonder in terms of outstanding natural beauty and a land of unlimited adventure as illustrated in my last blog; it is also nothing short of heaven on earth for wine lovers. Just half an hour outside of Cape Town and you are in the Cape Winelands. Here you can experience some the best wines in the world against a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges. 

New kid in the Elgin valley: SALT at Paul Cluver

Legendary chefs Craig Cormach and Beau du Toit are cooking up something special for the Western Cape. The two are set to open a new restaurant on 13 December in scenic Elgin Valley, spearheaded by expert wine farm chef, Mechell Spann.

FESTIVE SEASON COOKING WITH LA MOTTE WINE ESTATE

The festive season is all about spending quality time with family and often enjoying a generous meal is at the centre of our celebrations. We come together around a shared love of food and preparing it together is part of the joy. Festive season cooking should be all about bold flavours, beautiful colours and having fun.

The intrigue that is Franschhoek Méthode Cap Classique

Whether it is the rich heritage, the special secondary fermentation in the bottle, the controversy around its name or just the fact that it is used to celebrate life’s big moments, most agree that there is something unique and extraordinary about Champagne. And even when it is called Méthode Cap Classique, there is no denying the fascination with this drink!

Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2017, good match with Dianne Bibby’s Cumin Lamb Kofta Phyllo Pastries

Mulderbosch Vineyards sits in a little valley on the Polkadraai Road in the western part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.The grapes for the Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2017 come from a variety of Stellenbosch sites from those close to False Bay which benefit from the cooling breezes ameliorating summer heat in the vineyards, to those in Polkadraai and a portion from the Bottelary Hills, well known as an area which produces great wines. 

Wine Spectator's Top 100

We’ve revealed the Top 100 of 2017! Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. 

5 wine trends to watch in 2018

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. Overall, wine quality has increased dramatically over the past five years, international recognition is at an all-time high and the consumer is now spoilt for choice, with a wealth of new producers, varieties and styles.