• I met Boet Erasmus and he was delicious

    The Bastille Festival at Franschoek can often by accused of becoming a glorified pub crawl if left unchecked. The Cowboy and I went yesterday and we were pretty happy to be told that the really frenetic day was on Saturday (the constant misting did not stop once and I can see how the weather was a big deterrent for revelers on Sunday). I fell in love with three wines yesterday – Haute Cabriere (technically an old favourite), Lynx wines (a new favourite) and the 2007 Boet Erasmus from Vrede en Lust (how did I miss the Boet Erasmus before. It’s gorgeous!). This elegant New World Style Bordeaux blend is named after…

  • A better man – a fantastic album from Auriol Hays

    Auriol Hays – songstress, SAMA nominee, mother and ardent Ben Harper fan – has been through a bit of a tough time and has come through it stronger and wiser. But like any great artist, it has fed the artistic beast and her second album, Anima Sola (the forsaken soul) is testimony to that. To date, my favourite track off the CD has been Over My Shoulders – from the moment I heard it, I loved it. However, A Better Man is a gorgeous track too. Sincere, a bit dark and showcases Auriol’s voice perfectly (A little like molasses, quite a bit like the honeyed jazz of Bourbon Street in New…