How do they make sparkling wine?

February, 2018|Michael's Writings|

Sparkling Wines are made by a number of different methods. Most people simply refer to them as Champagne, which is incorrect as Champagne is a wine which is geographically indicated to be produced only in Champagne in France. The Traditional or Champagne Method Champagne is [...]

My Aunt Muriel’s Christmas Pudding

December, 2017|Recipes|

You’ll need:  250g stale brown breadcrumbs [insides only not crusts], 200g each seedless raisins, currants, unbleached Orange River sultanas, 80g chopped glacé pineapple, 80g glacé cherries, 250g soft brown sugar, 100g blanched almonds roughly chopped, 1 large Granny Smith apple grated with the skin on, the finely grated zest [...]

Q&A with Bruwer Raats

November, 2017|Winemakers|

Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks. “Bruwer Raats may [...]

Cork, the ideal closure…

November, 2017|Michael's Writings|

Cork, the ideal closure… Of the natural cork wine bottle closures used in the world 7 out of 10 bottles use one.  An amazing statistic.  I have twice visited Portugal, once on an educational tour as a guest of the Amorim Corticeira and once to [...]

12 wines pre-selected for you!

October, 2017|Uncategorized|

This article was originally published by The Wine Girl Cape Town. I am so excited to hear that Michael Olivier, a big name in the wine and hospitality industry, has just introduced a new wine sharing concept called wine4friends. You will be able to order a [...]

wine4friends on food24

October, 2017|Uncategorized|

Original article was published on food24. We've just heard via the grapevine (we couldn't help ourselves!) that local wine connoisseur, writer and foodie, Michael Olivier, has conceptualised and created a new platform for purchasing wine. It's called wine4friends. "We offer seasonal boxes of interesting and sometimes unusual wines [...]

Q&A with winemaker – Thistle and Weed

October, 2017|Winemakers|

A group of friends created Thistle and Weed in 2015 as an opportunity to express their creativity, get their hands dirty and craft small batch wines from the distant nooks and crannies of the Cape. We asked one of their winemakers, Stephanie, to share more [...]

Goat’s Cheese and Broad Bean Fritatta

February, 2017|Recipes|

You’ll need 250g peas [you can use freshly podded baby broad beans, a mixture of green beans] 1 onion – thinly sliced extra virgin olive oil 150g fresh firm goats cheese 4 eggs 4 Tbs chopped fresh parsley sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. [...]