Annatjie Melck of Muratie’s Marinated Beef Pot Roast, perfect with Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon 2015…

Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, a superb wine from vineyards the slopes of the Simonsberg owned by the Melck Family...

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Tony Jackman’s Pot Roasted Lamb Shanks with Orange & Rosemary is a perfect partner…

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, prepared for bottling by Nic van Aarde, Top Ten in Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2020...

Jollof Rice, by Jumoke Akintola, a delicious West African Rice dish for a Winter Casserole, good with Welgegund Cinsault 2017…

Jumoke Akintola's Jollof Rice, served here with fried plantains Reading The Irish Times online recently [as I am wont to do] I came across this iconic Nigerian Rice Dish, by the most charming Co-Owner & Chef at The Beach House, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, Jumoke Akintola. I say charming because her response to my request

Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, so good with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Steak & Red Wine Jus with Beetroot & Cauliflower Mash…

Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, a jewel in the Stellenbosch Crown from one of the Appellations oldest and grandest Wine Estates...

Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017, excellent with Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie…

Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017, a fine red blend of 'Bordeaux' varieties, from one of Stellenbosch's premier wine estates...

Stellenrust 54 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018, great fun with Mussels with Chilli, Ginger & Lemongrass by Thuy Diem Pham…

Stellenrust 54 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018, from. the much awarded Stellenbosch eponymous Wine Estate...

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2016, so good with my Tomato Bredie…

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2016, from the cooler climes of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Banghoek Valley...

Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2019, a terrific match to Fuschia Dunlop’s Gong Bau Chicken..

Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2019, a great tribute to the grape for International Chenin Blanc Day on 20th June...

Bellingham The Homestead Series The Old Orchard Chenin Blanc 2019, land a couple of bottles for Chenin Blanc Day, June 20th…

Bellingham The Homestead Series The Old Orchard Chenin Blanc 2019, is a barrel fermented and matured Paarl old bush vine Chenin Blanc...

Nadia Graves’s Chicken Sosaties are so good with Mont Blois Kweekkamp Chardonnay 2017…

Nadia Graves’s Chicken Sosaties Nadia, who grew up in South Africa, lives in the South of France. She is a great cook, food writer and recipe developer. Her food is generally French in style, though occasionally her home country calls, and she delivers something like her delicious Chicken Sosaties. Click HERE for her recipe and

Nitida launches exciting competition to celebrate resumption of wine sales…

Nitida in the small Durbanville Wine Appellation With the lockdown ban on the sale of alcohol soon to be lifted, wine farms in the Western Cape are gearing up for an influx of online orders from wine lovers across the country keen to replenish depleted stocks of their favourite tipple. While some wineries are offering

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2017, good partner to My Lamb Knuckle & Red Bean Casserole…

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2017, a fine expression by Wilhelm Coetzee of this variety from the cool climate vineyards of the Durbanville Valley...

De Wetshof Finesse 2019, Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Focaccia is a great partner…

De Wetshof Finesse 2019, a delicately oaked Chardonnay from the De Wets of the Robertson Wine Valley. Expertly grown, sit specific and a perfect Robertson expression...

Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2018, Dianne Bibby’s ‘My Perfect Pickled Fish’ is a great partner…

Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2018, follows in the footsteps of its Award Winning predecessors, a great expression of this fine grape by Boela Gerber...

Allesverloren Single Vineyards Block 51 Red Muscadel 2019, so delicious with Dalewood Fromage Boland and a wedge of crisp Baguette…

Allesverloren Single Vineyards Block 51 Red Muscadel 2019, is a true gem of the Swartland. Fabulously unctuous, sweet, aromatic, legend...

Lozärn Carménère Rosé 2019, perfect partner for Dianne Bibby’s Chinese Mandarin Chicken Tray Bake…

Lozärn Carménère Rosé 2019 Salóme Buys-Vermeulen, the winemaker at Doornbosch, home of Lozärn Wines in the Robertson Wine Valley, after tasting a fine Chilean Carménère, decided to plant Carménère on the Estate. Once planted, it was thought at the time to be the only single vineyard Carménère in the winelands. Salóme Buys-Vermeulen & friend in

Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2019, excellent with Nina Timm’s Crispiest Sesame Chicken Strips…

Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2019, a fine fingerprint of the 2019 vintage of Banghoek Chardonnay, grapes from an adjoining vineyard...

De Grendel Merlot 2018, delicious with Dianne Bibby’s Ginger & Turmeric Chickpea Stew…

De Grendel Merlot 2018, a great expression at the time of drought, dry, sappy fruited and such a versatile wine, from a glass on its own to being partnered with well prepared food...

International Sauvignon Blanc Day, step forward Bellingham Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019. Good with my Calamari, Lemon and Parsley Risotto…

In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day, step forward Bellingham Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019 by Richard Duckitt...

Boschendal Black Angus 2017, excellent with Alida Ryder’s Slow Braised Lamb Shanks…

Boschendal Black Angus 2017 Boschendal Estate in the Groot Drakenstein Valley has a herd of Black Angus Beef. Also known as Aberdeen Angus, the cattle are grass fed, producing the finest quality of meat. Appropriate there for that a wine like this should be named after them. The Boschendal Black Angus 2017 is an evolution

The Renegade Wine Company – Can Can wine in a can, a ZA Confidential podcast…

The Renegade Company Can Can Wines Before lockdown, the tasting panel was surprised when I brought in two wines from the Renegade Wine Company, packaged in two very pretty cans. We recorded this podcast in happier days and hope it will soon be possible for us all to again go out and buy the wines

Peter Falke Leilani Muscat d’Alexandrie Noble Late Harvest nv, excellent with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Oaty Banana Drop Scones…

The Peter Falke Leilani Muscat d’Alexandrie Noble Late Harvest is part of the Estate's signature range, delicious sweet muscat...

Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2019, a great wine with Robyn Wallace’s Chicken Cacciatore…

With Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2019, made from grapes from a variety of Appellation in the Western Cape, Morné Vrey caotures the essence of the grape...

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Chardonnay 2019, perfect match to The Pesto Princess’s Vegan Caesar Salad…

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Chardonnay 2019, a first vintage for Nic van Aarde from the cooler climes of the Banghoek Valley...

Top Drop #19, Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Pinotage 2017, made for Dianne Bibby’s Slow Roasted Lamb Shawarma…

My Top Drop # 19, Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Pinotage 2017, delicious with Dianne Bibby's Slow Roasted Lamb Sharwama, perfect in Autumn...

Pierre Jourdan MCC Blanc de Blancs, so good with Fresh Oysters and Nic van Wyk’s Sauce Mignonette…

Pierre Jourdan MCC Blanc de Blancs, is the flagship Méthode Cap Classique, made with Chardonnay on the Haute Cabrière Estate in the Franschhoek Wine Valley...

Vergelegen Special Reserve Merlot 2015, todays over R120 wine for #sawinelockdown, and perfect with Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade…

Vergelegen Special Reserve Merlot 2015, an utter gem of a wine, a truly great experience drinking a wine like this, not something you forget...

De Wetshof Estate Finesse Chardonnay 2019, so good with Ina Paarman’s Old Fashioned Chicken Pie…

De Wetshof Estate Finesse Chardonnay 2019 Finesse is an excellent choice of name for this wine from De Wetshof Wine Estate, a discreetly oaked Chardonnay. The vines from which the grapes are hand harvested range in age from 15 to 24 years and are on a six wire trellis system.  The soils, classic Robertson dirt

Peter Falke Signature Noelina Méthode Cap Classique 2015, in the Top Ten of The Prescient Cap Classique Report 2020…

Peter Falke Signature Noelina Méthode Cap Classique 2015, no surprise to hear that the wine is in the Top Ten of The Prescient Cap Classique Report 2020...

Delaire Graff Sunrise MCC Brut nv, a Top Ten Wine in the Prescient Cap Classique Report 2020…

Delaire Graff Sunrise MCC Brut nv Not surprised at all that the Delaire Graff Sunrise MCC Brut nv is in the Top Ten of the Prescient Cap Classique Report 2020. This unusual, for an MCC anyway, blend is so cleverly made by Morné Vrey, the much awarded Delaire Graff Winemaker. Chenin Blanc ripening on the

The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Nectars, special wines by Johan Malan & Charl Schoeman…

The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Nectars are a new style of Méthode Cap Classique - Demi-Sec and Simonsig leading the way...

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, delicious with Grilled Pork Chops with Honey Garlic Glaze…

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, recently released new vintage by Bertho Eksteen, classical Helderberg expression of this noble grape...

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2019, so good with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Spaghettini with a Double-Creamy Onion, Lemon & ‘Caviar’ Sauce…

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2019, a fine example of the grape from Lutzville & Darling, with a touch of De Grendel Semillon...

Valentine’s Day #12, Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2018…

Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2018, is a fine example of the grape grown in a cool climate...

Valentine’s Day Podcast #10, De Wetshof Lilya Rosé 2019, good with De Wetshof Mosbolletjies…

De Wetshof Lilya Rosé 2019 is a fine example of a dry Rosé made in the traditional method called saignée, where the juice is taken from the skins...

Valentine’s Day Podcast #8, Delheim Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2018…

Delheim Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2018, a perfect wine for your Valentine's Day Dinner, a fine oak matured Stellenbosch Chenin...

Valentine’s Day Podcast #6, Villiera Tradition Brut Rosé…

Jeff Grier of Villiera was one of the early pioneers of the wines known now as Méthode Cape Classique, here is a delicious one...

Valentine’s Day Podcast #2, Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2018…

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé first appeared in 2004 when Johan Malan blended Pinotage with the Pinots Noir & Meuniére, 2018 is the current vintage...

A visit to Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Winery – in beautiful Franschhoek, well worth the drive…

Don't deny yourself a visit to Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Winery, it is truly well worth the drive through the beautiful Franschhoek Valley...

Landskroon Chenin Blanc 2019 – a pair of stars, both so good with Nina Timm’s Smoked Mackerel Fish Cakes with tangy Tartare Sauce…

Landskroon Chenin Blanc 2019 comes in two forms, a Dry and an Off Dry, both fit for purpose, both great quaffers and perfect with food...

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019, so good with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Chicken with Roasted Onions, Grapes & Verjuice…

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019, a fine expression of the excellence of Chardonnay grapes grown in the Robertson Wine Valley, and unwooded...

Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2019, best with Dianne Bibby’s White Bean Hummus with Candied Tomatoes…

Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé made from one of the noble grapes which has its ancestry in Bordeaux, a delicious fresh crisp any time wine...

Crush, 100 South African Wines to drink now #26, Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé…

Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé, a 'natural' wine made by Waterkloof Winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger...

Bellingham The Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019, the perfect wine for Dianne Bibby’s The Ultimate Buddha Bowl Harvest Board…

Bellingham, is the Phoenix risen from ashes in the 1940s still going strong. Perfect example of the quality of wine is The Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019...