Van Loveren introduces Almost Zero

Everyone who’s cut down on drinking knows the constant refrain of well-meaning fellow guests at dinners, parties and gatherings, and the dreaded: “Where’s your drink?” It’s seemed in recent years for that reason alone, low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages are a godsend to anyone who needs a ‘convincing’ drink to have in hand. Then there are those who prefer low-alcohol options for health reasons, or because they’ll be drinking home and ‘just one’ isn’t a chance they’re willing to take, then some are unashamedly aware that they can’t handle their alcohol but still want to enjoy a drink with friends.

Enter Van Loveren’s Almost Zero – a de-alcoholised wine range that we headed to the winelands to sip and celebrate. At the Van Loveren Family Vineyards, we had the pleasure of meeting the Van Loveren family themselves, and tasting the latest addition to their already extensive offering.

To welcome guests, canapés were served outdoors while guests sipped on the red, white and rosé wines in the range – a strange feeling to be happily knocking back glasses of each option while trying to decide on a favourite without any ill effects. To consensus? Ravishingly Rosé was a clear favourite, with a wonderfully balanced taste that easily passed for the real thing. For fans of red, like myself, Almost Zero Radiant Red may be a little sweeter than we’re used to, but it’s got that favorited flavour without the heaviness that’s often an unwanted side-effect on a warm day – in other words, an ideal option for summer.

Lunch was served with a selection on Van Loveren’s well-loved wines, from peppery Retief Reserve red with duck to Christina Noble Late Harvest with the generous portions of tiramisu for dessert, we got to enjoy a variety of what the estate has to offer. After all, there’s no need to choose once and all whether you’re about tradition or innovation – it’s all about which mood takes you.

The Almost Zero range is available in selected retailers country-wide

Credit to Cayleigh for attending!


Your summer glow tint by Chanel!

The latest release to the Chanel beauty line-up is the brand’s first ever complexion tint, which features pigment micro-droplets that give off a water-fresh sensation, leaving your skin feeling radiant, and giving you a healthy glow. I’ve taken the product for a proper test drive for the past few weeks, and can without a doubt say that this will your summer, light-weight foundation of choice! Say hi to Chanel’s Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint!

The tint immediately leaves a very light-weight, non-sticky feel that offers minimal cover. This isn’t a bad thing at all. I personally wouldn’t refer to it as a foundation, it doesn’t weigh down and just gives you a fresh summer glow for when you want to go barefaced, and just want a little something extra!

The Water-Fresh tint comes in 6 shades:

1 – Light

2 – Light Medium

3 – Medium

4 – Medium Plus

5 – Light Deep

6 – Deep

Each of the shades contact micro-pigments which burst when mixed with the gel to create the tint that blends and sets. Don’t let the initial colour in the bottle scare you, it definitely looks a lot darker outside than applied. I used medium, which was perfect for my skin with no oxidation (bonus points!). I alternated testing with a sunscreen underneath, and ending up loving it more and more every day I used it. If the shade range seems limited, remember it’s a tint, and a little insider info from the Chanel ladies: The shades correspond to the first digit in the brand’s foundation range. So if you’re number 30 – you’ll be 3 in the fresh-water tint. Otherwise visit one of the boutiques to be tested for your perfect tint shade.

The tint has a very slight fragrance which doesn’t bother the skin or linger for long either. I personally prefer that over heavily scented products. The packaging also contains a mini brush to ensure applying is done with ease, but I used my own foundation brush. It takes about 1-2 full pumps for a complete cover, but when summer comes you could get away with even less! We want value for money when it comes to our makeup and beauty, but sometimes a tint that looks better is worth it.

Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a product that gives you light coverage, feels light on your skin, and is just enough to make you feel fresh and radiant, then the Chanel Les Beiges Fresh-Water Tint is just for you. If you’re after something that offers medium to full coverage, you might want to skip this one. I’ll be saving mine for the Cape Town summer and beach days, when I want my skin to feel energised. I did try the tint over my regular foundation just as a test and it looks amazing! Full coverage with an extra glow. But – the best way to get the full usage out of your tint is to go barefaced with the tint and some mascara.

You can find the product at selected stores and Chanel boutiques country-wide.

*Disclaimer: Chanel sent me this product to test. My opinions remain true.

Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar Launch

The winter months might put a damper on those fun summer activities, but in Franschhoek there is always something to do!

If you enjoy feasting on delicious foods then all you need is to venture out to Anthonij Rupert Wyne. Inspired by the cold season, they’ve conjured up a brand new menu for their Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar, and we were invited to try it out at an exclusive media launch.

On a moody and gloomy Friday afternoon, the drive to the beautiful Franschhoek took place. Greeted with smiles and a glass of L’Ormarins Blanc de Blanc 2013 on arrival, the day was going to be a treat!

The authentic Italian tasting experience included a Black Angus Beef Brodo shot, freshly baked Focaccia, and estate cured olives with Terra del Capo Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The smell of the Beef Brodo filled the room and was beautifully complimented by the freshly baked Focaccia.

The second course consisted of Aubergine Involtini with Ricotta, Parmesan & Napolitano, Sautéed Porcini Mushroom with Garlic, Thyme & Parmigiana-Reggiano, as well as a delectable Smoked Franschhoek Trout with Gremolata & Preserved Lemon. The latter was a crowd pleasure and as it arrived on the table, oohs and ahhs were heard from the guests. A smoke filled wine bottle covered the dish and as lifted, smoke escaped to reveal a magnificent dish.

Both courses were served with a Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio – a refreshing white wine that pairs well with food, but can be enjoyed on its own as well. An interesting fact around this wine is that it’s actually made from red grape.

The final course was a Sous-Vide Pork Belly with Peperonata Pesto and Angus Beef Tartare, Truffle Vinaigrette & Soft Quik Effa, as well as Potato Gnocchi, Guanciale & Fontina Sauce. The belly was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth, and the truffle side was an indulgence you won’t find many places. A Terra del Capo Sangiovese paired well with this course as a smooth red wine.

The Italian experience was concluded with a Chocolate Zepole & Espresso as an appreciation for this heritage rich cuisine.

You don’t have to travel to experience a unique chillier and cuisine, a little bit of Italy comes alive at Anthonij Rupert. The menu really is dedicated to giving you a taste that is authentically Italian, but has a South African twist. The full menu has something for everyone including meat lovers and vegetarians.

Terra del Capo Tasting Room and Antipasti Bar is open Tuesday to Sunday. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Find out more on the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate here.

Make this winter one to remember!

* Event attended and review written by Rochelle.

Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter

Franschhoek comes alive in winter in a magic way. Think colourful Autumn trees, the perfect weather, and a holiday feeling like no other lingers in the air. Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter, and winter might just be the best time to explore this gem of a town.

Tuk Tuk Franschhoek

When I say you can forget about catching an Uber in Franschhoek, I mean it. The best way to see the town is via Tuk Tuk. Tuk Tuk Franschhoek offer half day and full day private wine tours to selected wine farms in the Franschhoek valleys, with the option of a Brew Hoppers tour and transfers within the town. We were lucky to enough to experience what some time on the Tuk Tuk is like, with Noel (as the best driver and tour ever!) taking us around town and to two wine farms.

On our tour we popped into La Bri wine farm for some wine tasting. Grab a seat outside for a view over their vineyards, while you sip on some delicious wines. If you buy more than one bottle, your tasting is complimentary! Tip: Get a bottle of the Double Door Natural Sweet – it’s a dessert wine with the perfect balance of sweetness!

We also stopped at Mont Rochelle (owned by Sir Richard Branson!) for more wine and more views you can only find in the Franschhoek wine valley! Mont Rochelle’s White Flight was an interesting lineup of white wines with one particularly standing out for being ‘thicker’ than your average white wine, but so refreshing for the beautiful weekend we were having!

Hey Joe Brewing Co

With wine comes beer! And the long (very long!!) anticipated Hey Joe! Everyone who knows anything about craft beer has been talking about Hey Joe and when they’re finally opening up. Well, they’re open! And already have awards proudly displayed above the bar area for their traditional German inspired way of brewing.

The highest quality hops are imported, and defining the field with the master-brewer Anja, experimenting to bring out new blends and infused beers to customers. Hey Joe have it down. They’re fully booked most Saturdays and Sundays and have to turn people away because they refuse to sacrifice the kitchen’s capacity.

An interesting fact that you’ll notice when drinking their beer – you won’t feel as bloated as with non-craft beers, your hangover won’t be as bad, and you can drink a lot more too. Hey Joe don’t add any additives or preservatives to their beer! Tip: Do the tapas and snacks! The Angry Chicken Wings and Bretzels are SUPER yum!!

Leopard’s Leap

There’s nothing like sipping on a wine cocktail, catching the last of the afternoon sun rays, while you take in even more beautiful views. Leopard’s Leap have an array of refreshing wine cocktails, that are perfect sundowners before dinner, or before heading back to your guesthouse! A quick stop before you get the Tuk Tuk back to your guesthouse is just what you need!

La Petite Ferme

Wow. If I say I have had food with so many flavours, textures, and combinations – I’d be lying. Chef Kyle knows how to bring combinations you’d never put together on one plate, and elevate it to something magical! La Petite Ferme is the place you actually need to get to before the sun starts going down, to catch the sunset and what Franschhoek looks like from a different level and side. Unfortunately we arrived after sunset, but did arrive to a rustling fire that warmed the chilly winter air.

Everything about La Petite Ferme is taken one step further. From the thoughtful welcome drink, to the bread with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and harrisa paste. It’s more than a meal. It’s an experience! It’s an escape from food you’ll find everywhere else, to something so uniquely La Petite Ferme with such a South African flare. Also, their menu changes seasonally, so you might want to make a trip of visiting at least once every season. Tip: Come hungry! The portions are amazing and you’ll find yourself licking the plate!!

We tucked into, and couldn’t get enough of the vine leaf baked camembert with braaibroojie croutons, marmalade and macarons. It doesn’t sound like it should fit but it does. Every element enhances the flavour of the other. The Duo of Duck starter was followed “Mmh! This is so good!” and oozed different textures that all fuse together in harmony.

The mains that followed were even better than the starters! Wild Mushroom Arancini with tempura cauliflower on a truffle cauliflower purée; and Pork Knuckle with buttered popcorn and a caramel apple. Every element was plated with meticulous care, and brought out the way Chef Kyle puts together his creations.

The meal was completed with a Bourbon brownie, brandy snaps and cherry sorbet. An end to a night that showed us meals we could only have at La Petite Ferme!

La Bourgogne

It’s shocking that I hadn’t been to La Bourgogne before! This family-friendly deli, farm shop and wine estate is not only family run, but boasts an escape to a forest setting. Sitting outside you’re surrounded by trees and flora, and mountains and vineyards.

We were treated to a filling breakfast before concluding the weekend. But it would not be complete with being seated next to the fireplace and doing some sneaky olive oil purchases! Tip: The ‘Mission’ olive oil is a goodie!

Accommodation: The Corner House

When you’re spending a weekend in the majestic town of Franschhoek, it only makes sense to take advantage of the entire weekend and arrive a night earlier!

The Corner House is tucked away, but still in the middle of the town centre, with easy access to walk into town for some exploring. The rooms are airy and spacious, and fully equipped with everything you need for a winter’s stay. They have a few different room sizes to splurge on, we went for the Deluxe Twin Room and it was more than enough space, with a view into their courtyard.

I can only imagine what reading a book out by the pool on a sunny day but be like!

Auberge Clermont

I don’t even know what where to start. Nestled on a wine and olive farm is this guesthouse and villa, with rooms that are both modern and quint – in the best way. On the one side of the room you have a courtyard to share with fellow guests, and on the other side your own private patio to have a glass of wine and look over the vineyards and the mountains.

Auberge Clermont is the guesthouse you can walk around on and explore, where you hear no cars driving past or city noises. It’s a surreal paradise that you’ll only find in Franschhoek! With views that can only be described as absolutely breathtaking, pack your bags and book your stay at Auberge Clermont today!

We are so blessed to have a place like Franschhoek right our on doorsteps. And it’s bustling in winter with tourists and locals coming together and sharing why they love this country so much over a much deserved glass of wine! Whether it’s a day or a full weekend, Franschhoek’s doors are open this winter, and just waiting to show you how magical it really can be.

Pilgrimage Spaces

Pilgrimage Spaces is one of those brands you immediately fall in love with, and with every product they bring out, you fall more and more in love with. Their products are Pinterest-worthy and will give you so much home-inspo!

Drawing in the richness and rawness of India and Indonesia, the founders found themselves in a journey that had to be brought home and celebrated. Seduced by colours, patterns, texture, and craftsmanship, and missing these elements when they returned back home, Pilgrimage Spaces was born, and being able to share these exotic journeys with others!

All the products you’ll find on the online store are hand selected out of love and passion for travel and adventure. All the products are handcrafted using techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation, and make every piece unique. There’s a certain beauty in imperfection, and every piece tells a story!

You can shop these unique pieces for the person who wants a statement piece in their home right here, and make sure you follow their social media channels for new product launches and even more about the story behind the brand that has taken the way we see decor pieces by storm!

First Thursdays Movie Nights at 15 on Orange

15 on Orange offers a refreshing new take on First Thursdays with a fully immersive five- star cinematic experience – The Autograph Collection – Art of Gin First Thursday Movie Nights.

The sensorial experience is set in an opulent, elegantly furnished lounge-style cinema, offering ultimate comfort and relaxation.

With an artistic take on First Thursdays, the Winter Edition of Quentin Tarantino Cult Classics will premier to the public on Thursday 6 June. Quentin’s films are characterized by their non sequential story lines with a satirical flair and references to pop culture. He is the king of on-screen violence and elongated dialogues, his casts often consists of well-known and respected actors.  One of his first and most well-known award winning films; Kill Bill Vol.1 will kick off the series.

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes up from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. She is driven by an unquenchable need for revenge, she makes it her mission to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. The Bride sets off on her pursuit of justice, enduring unthinkable injuries and immoral enemies.

Tarantino’s second feature film is one of the very best crime dramas ever with engaging characters; non‑stop action; and intricately woven individual stories, Pulp Fiction follows on 4 July 2019. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a fondness for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and an anxious pair of armed robbers, “Pumpkin” (Tim Roth) and “Honey Bunny” (Amanda Plummer).

By now, you’d think that we’d have become accustomed to Tarantino pulling the rug out from under our feet. After all, this is the man who made his name with a heist film that didn’t actually have a heist in it. Yet within the first five minutes of Inglorious Basterds, it’s clear that he’s done it again. It is the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) gathered a squad of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retaliation against the Nazis. Pitt and his ensemble cast join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark, a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates intersect with theatre owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who pursues to take vengeance for the Nazis’ execution of her family. On 1st of August the award-winning Inglorious Basterds will be showcased.

The Cult Classic screenings will commence at 7:30pm. The offering includes an art exhibition by Linnea Frank, a Wixworth Art of Gin mixology bar for welcome cocktails and a delectable movie meal at R185 per person, all inclusive. Seating is limited and bookings in advance essential. For more info go to the Facebook Event Page.

A true taste of Italy is coming…

Feeling a little Italian? Wish to join the fiesta? Add a dash of Italian flavour to your Italian Day with Disaronno and Ayama Vermentino! 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection pulls out the stops on 2 June 2019, with delectable dining and immersive Italian music for the whole family!

Conveniently situated in the heart of the Mother City, just off Orange Street in Cape Town’s Garden’s area, 15 on Orange Urban Oasis invites families to an effervescent afternoon of decadent dining celebrations. Renowned Italian performer, Francesca Biancoli, takes the stage, tapping into European up-beats for the freshest auditory accompaniment to a Sunday celebration never to forget.

Guests are welcomed to a complimentary Disaronno cocktail upon arrival. The three-course lunch to follow [at R395 per person] kicks off with an antipasti sharing platter of olives, salami, Parma ham, chorizo, marinated artichokes, cream cheese stuffed peppadews, brie cheese, sundried tomato tapenade, pesto cream cheese, breadsticks, ciabatta and lavash. Starter course is accompanied by a delicious glass of Ayama Vermentino.

For mains, Roast Beef Sirloin tagliata topped with rucola, grana padano, roasted heirloom tomato, crispy baby potatoes; And Affogato panna cotta with vanilla panna cotta, coffee jelly, amaretti biscuit and dark chocolate ganache served for dessert.

The kiddie’s menu for under 12 years is R150, and under 18 at R195. Seating is limited and bookings in advance essential. To place your reservation, contact +2721-469-8000 or