Jordan Wine Estate

On Saturday I had the amazing experience of visiting Jordan Wine Estate for the very first time!  I have tasted their wine before at restaurants and have even bought bottles from the shops to enjoy at home but I had never actually been to the estate.  With it only being an hours drive from Cape Town, I thought I would go and have the full experience at their tasting room!

The wine estate is located in Stellenbosch at the end of a long winding road, lined with trees and stunning natural beauty.  It was a chilly, rainy day and the drizzle and mist made everything have a mystical, almost enchanted aura.  I knew I was in for a treat.

I was treated to two different tastings, the first was a tasting of 6 wines all from their Chameleon range.  All the proceeds of the range go towards the Jordan Chameleon Research Bursary which is an initiative started by the Jordans, whereby the tuition and research costs of a PhD student is funded by the proceeds.  What an incredible way to give back to the community, and on top of that the wines form the Chameleon range are just gorgeous!

The second tasting consisted of 3 of their best wines, each being served in its own uniquely shaped glass to enhance the flavour of the wine.  My favourite was the Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2016 .  The tastes of lime, citrus and fragrant oak spice come through with a full, rich, slightly buttery taste left in the mouth.  Absolute heaven!!!

We decided to get a cheese and charcuterie board to accompany the last tasting which was absolutely delicious and hit the spot perfectly.  Yet another reason to visit this incredible estate!  Make sure to pay Jordan Wine Estate a visit the next time you’re in the area, you won’t be disappointed.

A xx

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The Farmers Table Media Launch

On May 22nd I was lucky enough to be invited to the media launch of an incredible company called The Farmers Table.  This company is one of the only in South Africa to see the gap in the market for selling locally produced, organic farm produce that’s accessible from your couch at home!  The website is an online market where you can purchase fresh farm milk, cheeses, charcuterie, jams, nut butters, vegetables, wines, beers and so much more.  How fantastic is that!

Their company ethos is all about empowering and giving back to the local community while at the same time making sure that all of their produce is sourced from the best local producers.  They want to serve the community with their business in any way possible – whether this be through supporting local social justice initiatives or helping small-batch producers become more sustainable.  The below quotes sum up The Farmers Table beautifully.

WE DON’T WANT PERFECT, WE WANT HONEST.

WE WANT TO LIVE LESS OUT OF HABIT, AND MORE OUT OF INTENT.

WE WANT TO BE FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC. 

I can’t wait to be supporting such an inspiring company whose main mission is to give everyone an experience of real, wholesome food.

Their products already look mouth watering on the website, but getting to experience and enjoy them truly was incredible.

The event was held in a small local restaurant consisting of just the one dining room, with an abundant harvest table of deliciousness waiting for us.  There was wine flowing all evening, all the food you could eat and a room filled with laughter and conversation.  What could be more perfect?

A xx

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Klein Constantia

A few weekends ago my incredible friend Jamie took me with her to go experience the wine tasting at Klein Constantia wine estate.  I had never been before so I was excited to try out a different wine farm and to have a new experience.  The estate is absolutely beautiful and the drive to the restaurant and tasting room makes you feel as though you are somewhere deep in the country side.  The long driveway is lined with beautiful big trees on both sides and right by the main building is a field with horses.

The building is a beautiful red brick establishment that makes you excited for what’s awaiting inside.  On the one end of the building is the tasting room which has the most spectacular center serving table showing all of their delicious wines.  Through a corridor, visible from the tasting room, lies The Bistro.  I haven’t had the experience of going just yet but I am absolutely dying to as the restaurant is run by Cordon Bleau chef Graham Davies who has traveled throughout Europe exploring his passion for food.  He aims to showcase the rich culinary history of South African cuisine through his “farm to table” theme, popular in most modern restaurants today.

The tasting comprises of 7 wines of your choice including a taste of their incredible MCC.  Klein Constantia produce two ranges of wines: the Estate range, an accessible and easy-drinking KC range and their iconic natural sweet dessert wine, Vin de Constance.  You can choose any 7 wines of your choice.

I’ll start with the positives:

Their wines truly are delicious and since I’m such a fan of dessert wines, I had to include it in my tasting too.  I have to say it is absolutely gorgeous and I will definitely treat myself to a bottle soon!  I am a lover of chardonnay and their’s truly is delicious, it isn’t as buttery and rich as I normally like but it’s very easy drinking while still getting that after taste of oak and vanilla.

Now onto the negatives:

The tastings are tiny!!!  I’m talking maybe 3-4 ml which is literally one sip.  I was pretty disappointed because you hardly get to enjoy the taste or really experience the wines fully.  I also felt that the tasting was extremely rushed.  We had hardly sipped back our meager portion when our waitress was back with the next one!  Hardly enough time to let your brain register what you’re drinking, and certainly not enough time to enjoy any conversation with my dear friend.  Another unfortunate thing is that they don’t have a liquor license permitting them to offer tasting outside on their exquisite lawns which is such a waste of their gorgeous property.  So even on the most sunny and brilliant days you are forced to sit inside a dark, chilly building missing out on spectacular weather.  This is something I really feel they need to do something about because it really isn’t a place that I would want to go to again based purely on the venue of the tasting.

With that being said, Klein Constantia do produce beautiful wines so I would suggest buying a bottle and enjoying it on your lawn instead!

A xx

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The Bubbly Festival – Champagne & Bubbly

Hey guys!

I have such exciting news…  If you follow my blog you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE champagne.  I also love dressing up all fancy and sipping on champagne because it just makes me feel like I’ve made it in life.  Am I right?

Well guess what?  Now you CAN make it by attending The Bubbly Festival – Champagne & Bubbly , happening on October 27th at the Meerendal Wine Estate in Cape Town!!

I’m partnering with Events & More to give out FREE TICKETS, yes you read correctly, FREE TICKETS by running some cool competitions as we approach the event.  So you better stay tuned so that you don’t miss out!!

I’m also going to be at the event myself and would love to take some awesome pictures of you guys having the best time while looking absolutely fabulous to post on my blog.  Click on the link to  The Bubbly Festival – Champagne & Bubbly to reserve your spot.

A xx

 

 

 


Puffer Jackets

So I know this trend has been around for quite some time now, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to be making an exit anytime soon.  What’s better in winter than snuggling up in a soft, puffy, cosy, warm jacket? Nothing!  So as the weather is starting to get colder and the days are getting shorter, I thought I’d make a list of my top few favourites to get you all on the puffer jacket train.  It really makes getting out of bed in the morning that much easier.

You’re welcome.

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Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs

I had the incredible opportunity to pay a visit to the famous Gibson’s at the V&A waterfront on Saturday night.  I had been noticing their posts on social media for quite some time and each time they posted a picture of one of their mouthwatering burgers or milkshakes I honestly started salivating!  That’s how good they looked!

But as we all know, Instagram doesn’t always portray reality, so I decided to go and try it out for myself.  The experience when I walked into the restaurant was not what I was expecting at all!  I had envisioned the decor and feel of the place to represent an American diner, with vinyl chairs and plastic table cloths (which I’m not much of a fan of by the way).  But as I walked in I was blown away by the sleek, sophisticated decor; the filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling, the geometric mirrors and the slick minimalist furniture.  I was happily impressed!  The decor and feel of a place directly effects the enjoyment of my experience there, so I knew we were off to a good start.

The next thing to mention was the impeccable service.  As we arrived we were taken to our table and immediately a waitress came along to tend to our needs.  This, unfortunately, is not a common thing at most restaurants in South Africa and it can completely ruin your evening when you have been sitting at a table for a good 15 minutes before someone slowly ambles over to ask what you would like.  Our waitress was friendly, attentive, engaging and was always close by when we needed her.  Another big tick in my books!

Now lets get onto the most important part of the evening…THE FOOD.  If you are an indecisive person then I would highly recommend reviewing the menu a few days before as it can be slightly overwhelming.  They have close to 50 different burgers to choose from which all look absolutely mouth watering!! Our poor waitress kept coming back for our orders and I think it took nearly 20 minutes for us to finally make up our minds.  One of the things I really appreciated, which I have never experienced at any other burger place before, was the care and detail they go into to make sure you get EXACTLY what you want.

How would you like your burger cooked?, would you like raw or caramelized onions?, would you like hand cut fries; sweet potato fries; a baked potato or a side salad? would you like half and half of normal chips and sweet potato chips?”

Unfortunately we were far too stuffed after our burgers to order a milkshake, but I suggest you do!  They have 120 different milkshakes to choose from and they look like works of art rather than that standard milkshake you order at your local fast food joint.

I’ll have to go again to try one out for myself!

A xx

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of my favourite things to do on a lazy weekend afternoon is to go have a picnic in the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  Its acclaimed as one of the great Botanic Gardens of the world and it’s literally 1 km from where I live in Cape Town.  How lucky am I!

The gardens are absolutely huge, you can explore and walk around for an entire day without seeing everything that’s there.  What captures me the most is the raw, unedited beauty of the place.  There’s a different tree or flower everywhere you look, some of which I could stand and take photos of for hours and still not be able to capture their beauty.  The best thing to do is to get lost on one of the thousands of different paths that meandre and criss-cross around the gardens.  You’re bound to end up in a secret spot that you’ve never been to before, seeing so much beauty along the way.

My personal favourite thing to do is to pack a selection of delicious cheeses, crackers, fruit and a bottle of champagne (of course); a picnic blanket and a good book and to then spend the afternoon relaxing on one of the many rolling lawns.  You can nature and people watch for hours on end, read your book or even play a few games!

If you ever visit Cape Town it’s definitely something that you HAVE to do before you leave!

A xx

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