The Cape vineyards begin just a half hour’s drive outside Cape Town, where the cultivation of grapes dates back to the 1600s. Cape Town’s wine farms are a renowned wine region, internationally recognised for its fine legendary wines. The Constantia Valley, and the area around it, is thought to be the earliest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere and dates back over 300 years. These authentic wine farms still produce world-class, award-winning wines today. Almost every winery seems to offer cosy accommodation, fine dining, casual bistros, gourmet wine pairings and elaborate tastings. To help you choose the next wine estate … Continue reading The Top 5 Wine Farms in Cape Town, South Africa
What’s your drink of choice? Ok, let’s narrow that down a bit: if you had to drink wine, what type of wine would you choose? For me, my wine of choice (which also happens to be my current drink of choice) is white wine. More specifically? Chardonnay. Why? Because I like its relative fruity flavor and full body as far as dry white wines go. In East Africa, a large number of wines found on our supermarket shelves or served at establishments come from South Africa. It goes to reason, then, that more often than not these days, I am drinking a chardonnay from a … Continue reading Wine: World’s Best Chardonnay Award Goes to a South African Winery
At the beginning of March, I turned a scary-for-me age. I could feel age creeping up on me. I had become one of those people who no longer understood why “young people” did the things they did. One thing I couldn’t understand, for instance, was why they spent so much time on Instagram. I mean: what’s so fun about looking at pictures posted by people you don’t even know? Then, two “young people”, my youngest brother (@RichieWallStreet) and my nephew (@Muhaya_Fulani) convinced me to give Instagram a try. Ha ha ha…the joke was on me: it’s been two months and … Continue reading Instagram: 36 Most Liked Pictures—Tanzania, Uganda & South Africa
In Tips for Selecting a Good White Wine, I spoke about the bad luck I’ve been having with selecting wine. In the recent past, I seem to always choose wines that I do not enjoy once I begin to drink them. My luck turned a couple of months ago, if only for a night, when I discovered a well-priced, red wine that I quite enjoyed, Pasqua Pinot Nero delle Venezie.
A while back, a friend and I were being lazy about dinner. Instead of cooking, we decided to buy gourmet pizza (from Mediterraneo in Westlands), along with a bottle of wine from On the Run, and head back home to relax and hang out. We were set on having white wine with our pizza, but weren’t familiar with any of the wines that we found at On the Run. Still, we selected a wine based on the description printed on its label and were convinced that we were walking away with a semi-sweet light wine. Boy, were we wrong!
A few months ago, I was having dinner and drinks with a friend at Red Sea, an Ethiopian/Eritrean (I think more the latter) bar/restaurant, on Lenana Road, where I often go when I want good Ethiopian food in a good social ambiance. The Red Sea, for all its good points, is generally not the kind of place where I would ask for a glass of wine. In a place that I feel would not invest in their wine, I know that wine can taste more like vinegar than anything else. At the end of my meal though, I felt like … Continue reading Saint Jaume Valley, White Wine