Take a journey
The Pilgrimage 2017, a Rickety Bridge limited edition icon wine produced from an extraordinary heritage vineyard block, has been honoured with a coveted five-star rating and Joint Best Semillon Award in the 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide. The Pilgrimage 2017 is boldly packaged in a magnificent heavyweight bottle with a blue wax seal and showcased in a satin-lined box. Retail price is R450 per bottle. The Pilgrimage 2017 is available from the cellar door, at specialist wine merchants or shop online at www.shop.ricketybridge.com/wines – for quick and easy delivery.
BrannaRum, the craft spirit revival festival
Join the rum and brandy revolution! New-generation craft producers are breathing life into what was once a sailor’s drink with the Lowveld’s first rum and brandy festival, which includes a wine garden, gin bar, and bubbly bar; delicious food vendors and live music. Kids are also welcome. Tickets cost R150, which includes 10 tasting tokens. The event takes place on March 28 at Mbombela Stadium. Gates open at 11:00. Details: 083-414-3238.
We’re loving the new foot care range from Matsimela Spa, which includes Foot Mask Spray with glycolic acid, the holy grail for exfoliation (simply spray on before bed, leave on overnight, rinse in the morning… and voila… smooth, soft feet), and the Matsimela Spa Heel Balm with intensive moisturisation (rich in shea butter, used two or three times a week and left on overnight, it keeps your feet in tip-top condition). R80 and R150 from matsimela.co.za.
The art of celebrating food
It’s a bit of a leap from ballet dancer to acclaimed chef, but Lorna Maseko has happily pirouetted into this new role in her cookbook, Celebrate With Lorna Maseko. Part memoir, part travel journal, plus luscious recipes, it’s a book you can enjoy reading, as well as use (lovely photos too). We found scrummy dishes like chicken Wellington; herb-crusted lamb; king prawns in a wine and chilli sauce; all of which come with delectable sides. Something light? Try a beef teriyaki, avocado, goat’s cheese and charred peach salad, while vegetarians can tuck into cauliflower steaks with chimichurri and ricotta, or even tasty roasted parsnips. Simple sweet treats include mini pavlovas; yogurt-coated strawberries; G&T and mint-grapefruit popsicles; watermelon champagne granita with lime, whipped cream and pomegranate. From easy and inexpensive to blow-the-budget dishes, you’ll find celebrating with this cookbook loads of interesting fun. Human & Rousseau, R360.