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and our journey of exploration, challenge and new experiences.
August 18, 2020
At long last restrictions have been lifted and Alchemy Bar will open its doors on Thursday, 20 August 2020! Look out for our 'happy hour, every hour' specials at both Alchemy Bar and Alchemy Kitchen. With your safety and that of our staff in mind, we trust you will understand that we need to limit numbers, enforce social distancing and apply strict hygiene protocols. We look forward to seeing you at Alchemy!
July 1, 2020
Thanks for buying one of the Alchemy home cocktail kits! Find the recipes here. Haven't got your kit yet? Please visit us as Alchemy to secure yours now.
August 12, 2019
Years ago at a well known wine event in Durban, a friend made a comment about the people behind the wine, or as he called them, "the wine people" - in essence, that they were all interesting, engaging, opinionated yet down to earth, and generally just bloody nice. Recent months have seen many wine makers visit the greater Durban area, providing an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Each shared some pearls of wisdom or reminded me of previously learnt lessons.
March 29, 2019
Special wine finds and new discoveries are generally hard to come by, and, at the risk of generalisation, in KZN we tend to go for "safe" varietals. So the mojo behind our wine choices in The 'Other' Room is clear: we aim to bring wine lovers in our corner of the world extraordinary South African wines, introduce the pioneers who are blazing new trails, and encourage winos to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone and try something new. While always striving to provide good value.
September 30, 2018
This (somewhat deliberately controversial) statement raised a few eyebrows at a recent wine tasting. Fact is, a trip to Burgundy some years ago left me unimpressed with the wines though moved by an extraordinary cellar and tasting experience. As always with wine, I have recently had to challenge my own prejudice. South African wine makers are creating fascinating Pinot Noirs worth exploring, especially as summer approaches. Sometimes all it takes is to keep trying previously dismissed options!
August 24, 2018
It's Women's month, and what better opportunity to celebrate women in the wine industry, which remains male dominated. The ladies who are tackling the industry are making a rather big splash, innovating and breaking new ground. Join me as I explore the illusive and hard to decribe feminine touch found in recent tastings, feature two inriguing ladies and their wines, and once again tackle the issue of preconceived notions when deciding what to drink!
August 19, 2018
Wine is serious business. Wine can be so bloody intimidating! But the pomp and ceremony can most definitely serve to discourage, even ruin friendships, and what good is that? Join me for a lighthearted look at wine "enjoyment" as I share some of the most valuable lessons I've learnt on my wine journey to date.