Not just a pretty wine…

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Muizenberg market is great. I’ve been there twice and both times I’ve felt like I was transported into a different dimension. The people are so friendly and it’s a chilled out break from the city with a free spirited feel that makes Cape Town one of the most versatile places. From trendy town you pop over to the other side of the mountain and you are still surrounded by mountain and sea, but with a more bohemian fishing village feel stretching from Muizenberg into Kalkbay and Simonstown. It’s rustic and every day feels like the weekend there.

At the market Donny walked up to me with a glass of wine that tasted magical. We ended up finishing 2 bottles. It was a sauvignon blanc called The Fishwives Club and is from The Fishwives Boutique Winery and Buitenverwachting Estate.  The sauvignon blanc was beautiful, crisp and slightly fruity for a standard sauvignon blanc but in all the right ways. The talking point though was the unusual gorgeous packaging.  The bottles feature different artworks of goddesses riding colourful fish. The artworks on the bottles were displayed on two different canvasses, the one being a sauvignon blanc and the other being a blanc de noir called Eros, cleverly an anagram for rose and the name of the Greek God of love. The fish artworks on the bottles were done by Mieke Wertschnig and the ladies were painted by Sam Brown.

The Fishwives Club wines are the perfect wines to accompany seafood and a long relaxing afternoon at the coast. This is what magical market afternoons are made of.

You can follow The Fishwives Club on Facebook at this link.

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Cool New Bar: Cabrito

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From the guys who brought us Royale, Assembly, Neighbourhood and El Burro, welcome a new bar addition to the family, Cabrito. Open for about a month now and located under El Burro, it’s Mexican counterpart, Cabrito spreads the love to the downstairs Greenpoint main drag. The chic wood interior, tiled bar, atmospheric lighting, artisanal vibe and craft beer are reminiscent of the recipe of the success that gives trendy Cape Town bars their cool cred. Don’t get me wrong though, this place has it’s own unique charm with a minimal feel and enough varieties of tequila to make even the toughest of critics happy. The link to El Burro is definitely evident, and if you are a fan of the restaurant you can feel the vibe emanating down the stairs. It echos the crafted wood interior and beautifully lit bar setup of upstairs, not to mention great quality food and drink. When I arrived it was packed but thankfully Tammy grabbed a table for us earlier, allowing us to enjoy our Jack Black and Steph Weiss drafts seated on benches at a table. They also have a small vibey veranda that was packed.

Their small snack menu offering a range from biltong to nachos includes one of my favourites, the Chillis Rellenos, from upstairs. It’s a delicious smoked cheesy chili popper without the crumbs served with guacamole. We ordered a portion and it hit the spot as usual. Another draw card is their top quality tequila menu. I kept hearing whisperings of a R100 shot of tequila, and established that it is the Jose Cuervo Special Reserve. No I didn’t go the tequila route when I was there but by the looks of it tequila lovers will find their zen here. Craft beer is available bottled and on tap. They have a great selection of wine by the glass, ciders and their trademark margheritas.

With all of this and more Cabrito is yet another great addition to Cape town’s thriving bar scene. Places like this make Cape Town, well… Cape Town.

 

Cabrito is open Monday – Saturday: 3pm –late

Ground Floor Exhibition Building, 81 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town 

 Contact: +27 (0) 21 433 2364

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