Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast

Tasting the wine.. On the waterfront in a derelict old crayfish factory right at the seaside in the bay you will find a tiny winery, tasting room and alfresco jetty restaurant that brought much-needed commercial activity back to a village which had suffered from a declining fishing industry. This is the address of Fryer’s Cove wines, forged of the earth and tempered by the sea. … Continue reading Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast

#GreenXmas @intheOverberg

We are grateful to the champions @intheoverberg @WWFSouthAfrica @GoSocialSA @GoToSouthAfrica @ShotLeft who created a twitter #chat platform on 25 November where we could share #GreenXmas ideas. I just could not let this moment in time not make the difference we all intended.  Enjoy the interesting and original suggestions and let your gifts #MakeADifference this Christmas. Happy holidays everyone! WWF South Africa ‏@WWFSouthAfrica  And the minute we have been waiting … Continue reading #GreenXmas @intheOverberg

Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

The Johanna was the first English East Indiaman to be wrecked on the South African coastline. She was an English East Indiaman of 550 tons, commanded by Captain Robert Brown. The remarkable tale of the loss of the Joanna starts on the afternoon of 24 February 1681, when Joanna,, sailed from Downs in England, in the company of four other vessels- The Nathaniel, The Williamson, The … Continue reading Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

Beachcomber for a day

One of the chief delights of living on the whale coast is that there is always an excuse to go rambling along the seashore in search of driftwood. To negotiate much of the tide line one need to be fairly agile. It is a matter of leaping from one slippery rock to another, of wallowing ankle-deep in sodden tangle, of wading through shell-strewn pools and … Continue reading Beachcomber for a day

Shipwrecked French Champagne – Revealing tastes from the past

Scientists say that 170-year old champagne found on a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea actually tasted pretty good. The French bubbly is believed to be the oldest wine ever tasted, and although it was super-sweet, it also exhibited aromas of leather, tobacco and smoke. French researchers are publishing their chemical analysis of the champagne today in the Proceedings of the National Academy … Continue reading Shipwrecked French Champagne – Revealing tastes from the past

Beacons of Light on the Cape Whale Coast

Burning upon some hidden shore across the sea one night, A little reef, the captain said, he saw a shining light. He said there was a lighthouse there, where lonely in the sea, men lived to guard that moving light to trim the land for me. For me, for him, for every ship that passes by that way. I though it must be strange and … Continue reading Beacons of Light on the Cape Whale Coast

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Wine lovers might treasure the oaky, full-bodied taste of a cabernet sauvignon or the light and fruity aroma of a pinot grigio. But if the bottle is stopped with a low-quality cork, they can kiss that meticulously cultivated flavour goodbye. Many people may only worry about corks when it’s time to pop the Champagne, but some experts are worried about wine cork quality, which has … Continue reading Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Kitchen secrets of Ancient Mariner Cooks

The most reliable ships in the world in the 14th and early 15th century, and by far the biggest, were the Chinese junks. An admiral’s staff included 180 medical officers and every ship and company of soldiers had a medical officer for every 150 men. There was a varied and plentiful diet on the treasure ships, but the perils of voyaging through uncharted waters meant … Continue reading Kitchen secrets of Ancient Mariner Cooks