EVENT: Experience Steenberg’s International Sauvignon Blanc Day offering

Friday, 3 May – Sunday, 5 May 2019

Discover the diversity of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc from a youthful and vivacious bubbly to a trio of elegant wines of great complexity.

For International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday, 3 May, Steenberg Vineyards will be dedicating the entire weekend to their signature grape variety. Visitors to the wine tasting room will have the opportunity to sample the full flight of four different Steenberg Sauvignon Blancs as well as a special Reserve 2011.


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The Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc tasting is available at R80 per person exclusively from Friday, 3 May, to Sunday, 5 May 2019, between 10h00 and 17h00. For the Sauvignon Blanc weekend only, visitors to the tasting room will have the unique opportunity to purchase the 2017 vintage of the Estate Sauvignon Blanc and the 2011 Reserve while stocks last.

For more information visit http://www.steenbergfarm.com


Issued by: GC Communications Contact: Gudrun Clark





Whatever is a memoir written by Saskia Bailey, who is yet to turn 21. A memoir at her young age? What could have happened in her life to warrant sharing her experiences in the form of a book?

Bailey is the daughter of two eccentric artist parents and is the granddaughter of the legendary Jim Bailey, founder of DRUM magazine and she is currently an English major at UCT.

“I wanted to write this book so that young people can know they aren’t the only existential f**k-ups in a generation being bred on dread for the future. I’d also really like older and ordinary people to read it, those who are interested in finding out what lies behind our much-maligned generation’s brains when we are not on our phones.”

In its preface, Saskia refers to the book as ‘the ramblings of a sometimes f**ked up and confused 19-year-old’.

The book is well written and quite refreshingly honest. Bailey comes across as a young lady fully aware of her strengths and weaknesses. Be warned it is also unfiltered and would likely distress many a sensitive reader. Without passing judgement on the author’s lifestyle choices, while reading it my eyebrows made frequent contact with my hairline. Fasten your seat belts, you’re in for a helluva ride.

Saskia, so far, has certainly experienced an uninhibited life in technicolor and at full tilt. Drugs, drink, and sex play a big part of her ‘adventure trip’. In contrast, at her book launch, she pleasingly came across as vibrant and together.

“So, I’ve written it and now I’m putting it out into the world and getting written out of the will and dumped a few more times and spat on by toddlers with hyphenated first names.”

Even with lifted eyebrows I found Whatever a compelling and extremely worthwhile read and look forward to more from the Saskia Bailey pen.

NEWS: Roodeberg releases collector’s 70th anniversary gift tube

Celebrate 70 years of South Africa’s legendary red blend with a stylish Roodeberg gift tube devotees of this beloved wine will want to add to their collection.

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Available exclusively at Pick n Pay stores, it’s the perfect gift to bring along to a get-together with friends and family over the Easter Weekend.

Roodeberg is a true South African original that has stood the test of time, bringing friends together the world over since 1949. This signature red is the heart and soul of memorable moments having evolved from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary classic in step with ever changing tastes and lifestyles.

Launched in 1949, Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a legendary pioneer of the South African wine industry. Although it was not readily available in the local market until 2004, Roodeberg has always enjoyed iconic status in the hearts and minds of South Africans. For many Roodeberg conjures up fond memories of people, places and occasions, and of sharing special moments.

Roodeberg Red is available in the complimentary commemorative tube at selected Pick n Pay stores countrywide while stocks last.


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COMPETITION: Twist your way to Portugal with Mensa wines

Mensa the innovative range of wines with an unexpected twist, is giving wine lovers the chance to win a trip to Portugal in association with Helix Cork.

Mensa, launched last year as the first South African wine supported by an augmented reality app taking storytelling to the next level, Mensa wines are sealed with the ground breaking Amorim Helix Cork closure that allows you to twist open and reseal the wine by hand.


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Mensa, in association with Helix Cork, is giving wine lovers the chance to win a trip to Portugal.

Available exclusively at Checkers stores and liquor shops, the competition gives one lucky shopper the opportunity to explore the land of cork on a 5-night visit to Portugal for two. To qualify, you need to purchase two bottles of Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon between 15 April and 5 May 2019 and follow the instructions on your till slip. Remember to keep your till slip as proof of purchase.

The prize includes two nights in Lisbon to explore this beautiful historic sea port harking back to the intrepid mariners who circumvented the Cape in their tall ships. Other exciting places to visit include a night in Evora, the capital of Portugal’s Alentejo region famous for its ancient Roman temple, followed by two nights in Porto, the centre of Port wine. A visit to two Port producers, a cork forest to watch the cork harvest and a ride in a hot air balloon are also on the itinerary.

Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red teeming with dark Chocolate and blackberries.

For more information on the Mensa competition running exclusively in Checkers, visit http://www.termsconditions.co.za or contact Overhex Wines International,
Tel: 0233476838.


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With an unwavering focus on crafting superlative Bordeaux blends, the wines of De Toren Private Cellar have become coveted worldwide, raising the profile of high-end South African wines across the globe. It is this exact philosophy from which Book XVII, hailed one of South Africa’s finest Bordeaux styled blends, emerged.



The Book XVII was a logical evolution of De Toren’s acclaimed Bordeaux blends, an expression of meticulous winemaking and extreme viticulture. Often compared to the famed ‘super-Tuscans’, it’s a wine silky smooth yet powerful, and a worthy addition to any connoisseur’s cellar.

This opulent Bordeaux styled wine is crafted from specially selected vines. Merely four single bunches are grown per singular vine to produce only the most expressive grapes. Each bunch is individually nurtured and manicured by hand.

Each bottle is presented in a striking wooden case that can only be opened by its very own and unique, accompanying key. The bespoke packaging is rounded off with a handwritten bottle number. Little wonder they have been praised worldwide as two of the finest ultra-premium wines to emerge from South Africa. The Vivino Community certainly agrees, rating the Book VXII amongst the top 1% of All Wines in the World and describing it as a ‘masterpiece’.

Previously claiming the honorary title as ‘SA’s Highest Rated Wine’ by esteemed USA publisher Wine Enthusiast, comes the latest release of one of the most coveted vintages of this opulent wine, Book XVII 2017.

Due to the favourable weather conditions of the season, the 2017 vintage has been identified as one of the most promising years to deliver some of the country’s most phenomenal wines ever.

The Book XVII 2017 vintage is available at R2750.00 per bottle from the De Toren online wine cellar, via http://www.de-toren.com



Winding down from Kloof road into Roundhouse road is the culinary venture, Salsify at The Roundhouse partnership by Luke Dale Roberts and Ryan Cole (former head chef at The Test Kitchen).


Salsify at The Roundhouse is perched high above the Camps Bay coastline, offering sensational views of the Atlantic Ocean below and the 12 Apostles to the left.

Building on his background of modern classical cooking, Ryan will be offering a special lunch menu showcasing his favourite micro seasonal produce. Guests will indulge in a four-course meal featuring ingredients such as Jerusalem artichokes, wild foraged mushrooms, and of course, the namesake ingredient salsify.

The first dining room, aptly named the “Leather Lounge’, exudes a feeling of comfort and opulence, with floor to ceiling leather-clad panels and an inviting fireplace.

The second dining room, the ‘Sea Room’, boasts spectacular vistas complemented with touches of modern furnishings and crisp white napery that blends seamlessly to evoke a feeling of old world charm.

Salsify Seasonal Lunch Special is available for a limited time only from Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunch, starting on Tuesday 16th of April at R395-00 p/p. The lunch includes a 4-course meal and a glass of Methôde Cap Classique or non-alcoholic cocktail. A discretionary 12% service charge is added to all bills.

For more information and bookings visit the website for bookings http://www.salsify.co.za.




Pour a glass of Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 and enjoy a wine of true Stellenbosch origin.



The 2018 vintage, released in February, is light and refreshing and bursting with fruit. The grapes, grown on the south facing slopes of the vineyards, have all the advantages needed to produce wines of exceptional character and quality. Exposed to the cool coastal breezes from False Bay, with soil mostly of decomposed granite and Malmesbury shale, this is a wine which speaks to the terroir of Stellenbosch.

Winemaker Nicky Claasens said the drought conditions which ravaged parts of the Cape meant that the grape composition was different to previous years. “However, the fruit was beautiful and compact. Although it was a difficult vintage, the Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 turned out to be a wine which is rich in character and style,” he said.
Made with 100% chardonnay grapes, Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 has beautiful aromas of citrus and gooseberries, and flavours of pear and white peach, with a lingering lemon freshness on the palate.

Ideal for drinking now or for the next three years, Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay is the ideal partner for sushi, fish, salads or simply a glass on its own as a pre-dinner aperitif.

RSP: R100 a bottle



NEW MENU: Grande Provence’s new Heritage Tasting Menu

Grande Provence, the landmark 1694 Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has gone back to its culinary roots with a new Heritage Tasting Menu.

Prepared by head chef Marvin Robyn, the Heritage Tasting Menu is available exclusively to dinner guests. The menu offers a wide selection of fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared with Chef Marvin’s own twist on South African heirloom recipes.

With dishes such as Malay onions, smoked snoek & fish kaiings; Ox tongue with sweet mustard & pickled butternut; lamb rump, morogo & rooibos jus; and springbok rump with mielie pap, chakalaka, buchu & honey jus.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The new dinner Heritage Tasting Menu is priced at R495, R595 and R695 for 3, 4 and 5 courses respectively without wines, and from R780 to R980 with an elegant Grande Provence wine paired with each dish.

To book your table, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email reservations@grandeprovence.co.za.




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Make the most of the good weather before winter arrives and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for their Country Market on Sunday 28th April between 10h00 and 15h00, the last of the season.

The terrace in front of Hilda’s Kitchen and adjacent to the Cellar will be brimming with market stalls offering delicious and beautiful country offerings including artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware, clothing, décor, gifts, jewellery, accessories, toys, fresh produce and more.

Local is always lekker at Groote Post, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Weskus Worswa, Darling Honey, Darling Meat Market, the popular Darling Brew and of course Groote Post’s well-loved wines. Make sure you pop in at the Bubbly Stand for a glass of Groote Post’s gorgeous Brut Rosé.

After browsing through the market, chill out on the beautiful lawns under the trees to the sounds of the alter-rock-acoustic-blues band, the Jimm Harisson Project, while tucking into yummy treats from the market.

Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open as usual for the market, but booking is essential.

Family-friendly activities will as always be a priority. Kids will be kept busy with various kiddies’ activities: tractor rides, guided horse rides, the popular playground and more.

The Three Market Lucky Draws will take place at 12h30, 13h30 and 14h30, the winners each receiving a hamper with products from the market and Groote Post wine, but you must be present at the draw to win.

Entry to the Groote Post Country Market is free of charge.
Groote Post Country Market opening hours: 10h00-15h00  http://www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za



Issued by:  Posy and Jeremy Hazell


Continuing a proud tradition, the Constitution Road wines, Robertson Winery’s flagship range, continue to impress with the new vintage Chardonnay 2016 and Shiraz 2015 receiving recognition both locally and internationally.


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The Constitution Wines are made by Jacques Roux, the passionate and totally focused specialty winemaker at Robertson Winery since 2001, who lives and breathes wine.


The accolades:
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 – Double Gold
Chardonnay Du Monde 2018 – Silver
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2018 – Gold

The price: The Robertson Winery Constitution Road Chardonnay 2016 retails nationally at leading wine retailers for approximately R150.

The accolades:
Michelangelo International Wine Awards –Gold
Syrah Du Monde 2018 – Silver

The price: The Robertson Winery Constitution Road Shiraz 2012 retails nationally at leading wine retailers for approximately R220.


Issued by:  Posy & Jeremy Hazell