Wines Simple Nuances

The wine culture in South Africa has shown tremendous growth potential both internationally and locally. Finding its way into new markets, by new markets I am referring to the black community and young market. At one point the wine culture was taboo within the black community but today every other person especially young black females prefer wine to ciders and spirits. I will list a few wines that I have had the pleasure of running down my tongue…let me put this out there, I am a light drinker and a very particular at that.

The wines that I have found to be most popular are Nederburg and Robertsons wine that you can buy just about anywhere in supermarkets or off the menu. These two wines are also the most widely consumed especially the boxed wine which is popular because of the affordability and size it comes in.

I myself prefer bottled wine and I have a love and respect for the wine culture, I think I am more in-love with the actual culture and mystic of wine than I am of the wine itself. Maybe this is the reason I do not yet have a firm favourite.

I will list some of the wines that my friends love to drink that I have enjoyed drinking. These wines are different with their own characteristics. And if you are planning a dinner party you could use each bottle to compliment a different dish.

Nederburg is the first wine I was introduced to, I think I loved the classic look of the bottle first and I got curious about the content. I like the Rose because it is light, good for someone who wants something more like a cocktail or cider but it does not really offer body or that panache wine taste. I settled on the Wine Masters Reserve Sauvignon Blanc it is light but with body, it has subtle herbaceous nuances, with a sought of light/smooth texture to it, this wine I drink because it’s light. I also tried the Nederburg Baronne, very different from the Sauvignon Blanc because it’s full bodied. I could actually taste the berries and oak and the ruby red colour just made me feel like yes this is it…but it’s also very dry so it’s not the sought of wine I would drink at leisure but certainly when I want to have a full bodied glass of wine where I can taste every bit of its character and nuances.


As If Nederburg wasn’t enough I discovered Ratafia by Haute Cabriere. This wine tastes like a combination of wine and whiskey in a way. It’s like a cross of the two. It’s an exciting wine to drink with rich flavours of spirit and a sweet delight.


The one wine that has managed to embody the best of both worlds for me is the Meerlust Merlot, wine maker Chris Williams. This wine I would say, has a much more mature characteristic to it. The ingredients work well together non over powering the other. It’s spicy, ripe, fruity with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and has pronounced length and minerality. The Meerlast Merlot is the kind of wine I can have any day and enjoy it fully.

Wine is a culture best enjoyed when put to the test, in keeping up with tradition I have listed some pairings that I suggest you try together with your selected wine to fully enjoy the wine culture. When enjoying your meal savor the moment, savor the taste. Try and taste the embodiment of the wine and it’s simple nuances to enjoy the experience, cheers.

Wine Pairings / Compliments:

Ratafia by Haute Cabriere

Enjoy as aperitif or with starters:

Liver, Liver paste and scallops, escargots with decadent desserts it is a delicious digestif.

Nederburg Wine Masters Reserve Sauvignon Blanc


Chutney and Herb Glazed Ribs

Nederburg Baronne


Slow Cooked Sunday Lamb

Meerlust Merlot


Red meat, Game and strong cheeses

Nederburg Rose


Cherries, strawberries etc.


Come Back Kid – Live In South Africa 2014 Tour

Favour The Brave Agency is pleased to announce that Canadian Hardcore Punk stalwarts; COMEBACK KID (Victory Records) will be touring South Africa this coming January 2014. Having written some of the most memorable moments in hardcore history with sing-along hits like “Die Tonight”, “Wake The Dead”, “Broadcasting” and “G.M. Vincent & I”, COMEBACK KID have cemented their brand of catchy hardcore punk in the hearts of their fans worldwide.  South Africa is no stranger to Comeback Kid as they have a strong and extremely loyal following who are ecstatic to learn that the band will be hitting the country for the very first time.

 As the hardcore scene in South Africa is growing at tremendous rate, Favour The Brave Agency has established themselves as the agency at the forefront of the hardcore and metal movement. Recently, South Africa saw Betrayal from the USA bring their hardcore flavour to the scene accompanied by Truth & Its Burden and Conqueror all thanks to Favour the Brave. 

 COMEBACK KID will be supported throughout South Africa by TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN and REASON TO LIVE.  This tour promises to deliver powerful & moving performances across each city. 

Tour dates below:

30/01 – Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg

31/01 – Arcade Empire, Pretoria
01/02 – Live-The Venue, Durban
06/02 – Pool City, Port Elizabeth
07/02 – Mercury Live, Cape Town

Watch COMEBACK KID’S latest video “Do Yourself A Favour” –

Tickets will be on sale at from 25/10/2013.

COMEBACK KID ‘LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA’ is proudly sponsored by:
Music ConnectionJagermeisterGary CoolCape Electric TattooRevolutionAction Motor Group – Krugersdorp

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eYadini Lounge Crowd Pleaser

eYadini Lounge
eYadini Lounge

EYadini Lounge has become the talk of the town and delivers first class entertainment on a weekly basis. Most popular for its Sunday sessions that bring in the best in the country to perform for the crowds. Set on a double-storey house, it stands out from its surrounding. The building somehow transforms from an ordinary double-storey by day, to a night club by night with the lights, sound system, DJ line-up and shisa-nyama.

The crowd pulled in by eYadini Lounge is the biggest by far proving that Durbanites are always up for a good party any day of the week. Mjay a.k.a Jabulani the owner is very popular with guests and if you did not know that he was the owner you would not tell. He has a friendly and welcoming persona which makes guests feel at ease and at home.

Like in any other township lifestyle establishment guests are not shy to spend on the most expensive bottles on offer and feast on the shisa-nyama while enjoying the vibe and culture of uMlazi at eyadini Lounge.

For a night to remember and consistent DJ line-up in a secure environment visit eYadini Lounge in uMlazi. Where every night is better than the last.

Group Bookings : 074 6851 805

Twitter : kellymthethwa

*Please note this article has not been sponsored

Max’s Lifestyle Kasi Extravaganza

Max's Lifestyle uMlazi
Max’s Lifestyle uMlazi

Located in the heart of uMlazi at V section in one of the busiest parts of uMlazi is Max’s Lifestyle named after its owner Max Mqadi. This establishment is synonymous with Kasi lifestyle the culture, all out extravaganza, shisa-nyama, car wash and is a hive for tourists and those wanting a taste of township life.

Max’s Lifestyle has managed to bridge the gap between the township perceptions of crime; and highlight the rich culture and experience township life has to offer. Bringing in people from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mpumalanga etc. and catering to business clients, tourists, locals and skeptics alike.

Max's Lifestle
Max’s Lifestyle

The township lifestyle is nothing if not spectacular, from the expensive cars, liquor, whose who in the zoo and so on. Oh! not forgetting the ladies that make sure the guys come out in numbers armed with their wallets, credit cards and loans to spend to impress to the last penny.

For a kasi lifestyle experience within a lovely secure environment, in one of the busiest and well-known township establishment; head down to Max’s Lifestyle; and get a feel of the place, people, culture and vibe. So, you too can say I HAVE BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND GOT THE MAX’S LIFESTYLE T-SHIRT TO PROVE IT.

Bookings : 074 6851 805

Twitter: kellymthethwa

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Turkish Delight – Anatoli Express


For the love of all things food and wonderful I thought I would share this germ of a find with you. Twitter is an interesting place to find the most amazing of places to bring  that extra special something that will transform your world from ordinary to extraordinary.

While twitting my life away I came across this twitt right here:

Join us @AnatoliExpress for the good life. Relax inside a beautifully decorated Turkish cafe and enjoy all things exciting,delicious&Turkish

and responded,

Sounds like my kind of place… @anatolicapetown @rdirectory_sa

which sparked,

@kellymthethwa @AnatoliCapeTown You can get more info & check out their traditional menu here! …

I decided to twitt to Anatoli and they replied promptly, inviting me over to their restaurant. Which I certainly will take them up on when next I am in Cape Town.

The point of the story is I looked at their website and wished I could be whisked away from Durban to Cape Town. I advise you to check this place out If you stay in Cape Town or are just visiting. You will fall in love with their food.

Kofte kebap

The food is simple, variety is big and like Anatoli the theme is truly Turkish. You can find traditional breakfast pastries like simit,poğaça and börek.

We serve Turkish teas and coffee as well as proper Barrista coffee all day long. Lunch is lamb or chicken kebabs, meatballs, falafel and a selection of freshly prepared mezes.

Pide,which is a flat Turkish bread stuffed with different fillings is a must if you haven’t tried it yet. To round off try rustic date and nut tart,Turkish Delight cheese cake or Chocolate and sesame seed tart.

Portions are generous and prices are reasonable and service is, of course excellent. We offer free uncapped Wi-Fi and a fire place for those miserable winter days.