Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2014, so good with Nina Timm’s Pork Cutlets with Hazelnuts & Sage

A sublime Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, the Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2014 spends 20 months in French oak Barrels. Full rich and flavoursome this meaty savoury wine needs well flavoured food as the perfect partner. Nina Timm steps in with her Pork cutlets...

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2012, heartwarming partner to Anina Meyer’s Veggie Packed Chakalaka…

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2012 is made by Luke O'Cuinnegain on the Glenelly Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Well worth a visit not only for its wines, but also The Vine Bistro and the Glenelly Glass Collection...

Spier – three fine reds for Winter…

There is a formidable team of winemakers at Spier Wine Estate making some serious Spier Reds. Johan Jordaan is the winemaker in charge of the reds under Cellarmaster Frans Smit. Really a lovely place to visit with two restaurants, picnics and a variety of entertainments.

Bellingham Homestead Series The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2017, lovely match to Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Sticky Soy Honey & Sriracha Chicken Wings

Chenin Blanc. Its home in the Loire. South Africa has 6 times more vineyards. So it has crept in as our most planted wine grape. The Bellingham Homestead Series The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2017, a perfect expression..

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, so good with Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Pepper Sauce on steak..

Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch bought as a plum farm by Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing in 2003 boasts fine award winning wines, a superb The Vine Bistro and a large eclectic glass collection and is well worth the visit. Get it high on your bucket list - now!

Perdeberg Endura 2017, packed with flavour meets Dianne Bibby’s Tarragon Cream Chicken with Pink Peppercorns

A premium Chenin Blanc, the Perdeberg Endura is made from Swartland grapes from a single vineyard. Masterful Winemaker Albertus Louw has created a gem. Perfect food wine, goes with any white meat, fish or vegetarian main courses - loves chicken.

Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a good match with Alida Ryder’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing

Classy, bright, sparky, the Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is an any time wine. Great on its own and great with food. Not to be taken too seriously, so drink with abandon...

Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2016, drink with Diane Bibby’s Chocolate Date truffles coconut & cranberries

In Romeo and Juliet, she says, 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. While the P word is not allowed, the Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2016 weighs in better than many others. Made from the traditional Port variety of Touriga Naçional, it is as good with Blue Cheese as it is with Chocolate...

Simonsig Malan Family Selection Redhill Pinotage 2015 meets its match with Dianne Bibby’s Barley Salad with Sumac & Roast Butternut

Simonsig Malan Family Selection Redhill Pinotage 2015, the Estate's Flagship Pinotage. Matured for 15 months in French and American White oak barrels it is a fabulous glass on its own and just so perfect as a food wine.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2014, perfect partner to Ilse van der Merwe’s Ultimate chicken liver pâté – 28.02.2018

Botrytis Cinerea or the Noble Rot, turns grapes into golden raisins from which the sublime Mulderbosch Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2014, perfect with Ilse van der Merwe's exceptional Paté.

Top of the Hill Pinotage from DeWaal Wines & South Africa’s oldest Pinotage Vineyard, Tracy Foulkes obliges with her Vegetarian Wellington – 26.02.2018

Top of the Hill Pinotage 2015 from South Africa's oldest Pinotage Vineyard, planted in 1950 by the father and uncle of the present owner Pieter de Waal. A truly fine food wine, good with many fully flavoured foods...

Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines, The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 and The Oldenburg ‘Le Quartre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007, good with Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce – 21.02.2018

Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines released, The Oldenburg ‘Le Quatre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007 and The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007, available from the Estate....

Boschendal Black Angus 2014, good with Nina Timm’s Beef Fillet stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and feta – 14.02.2018

Boschendal Black Angus 2014 Boschendal Black Angus 2014 is a recent release from the Boschendal Heritage Collection.  Boschendal Farm has a fine herd of pastured reared Black Angus Cattle, appropriate therefore that this fine blend should be named for them. With over 330 years since the granting of the land, this wine is one of

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2017 great match with Dianne Bibby’s Middle Eastern Avocado Toast – 12.02.2018

Sublime and delicately oaked, the Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is named for a Royal Navy Battleship which took part in The Battle of Muizenberg 1785...

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd – 09.02.2018

The grapes from a tiny, cool, wine appellation in the Witzenberg in Ceres are used to make the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd.

Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017, first ever released in South Africa in 1977, good with Mark Dodson’s Toffee & Banana Mille Feuille – 05.02.2018

Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017 In 1977, my wife Madeleine was working in the tasting room at Simonsig. I remember so clearly at the Young Wine Show that year, Frans Malan Simonsig Founder, introduced his first Gewürztraminer, The Simonsig Gewürztraminer 1977. To great acclaim. The Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017, some 40 years later, is still a gem, 56%

Asara Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017, matching the Hotel’s Mise-en-place Restaurant’s Pear, Gorgonzola & Blue Cheese Salad – 31.01.2018

Asara Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a great expression of the grape and fingerprint of the vintage. Perfect as an Aperitif and with Summer Salads.

De Waal CT de Waal Pinotage 2015, partner to Ina Paarman’s Anchovy Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs – 31.01.2018

De Waal CT de Waal Pinotage 2015 The De Waal family of the historic Uiterwyk Farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are irrevocably bound to Pinotage, South Africa’s own red wine grape, created in the late 1920’s for Abraham Perold.  However, it was not until 1941 that there were sufficient grapes to make a barrel

Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2017, perfect partner to Anina Meyer’s Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl – 02.02.2018

Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2017 The Wines of Peter Falke, which are grown and made on Groenvlei Farm up the Annandale Road on the lower slopes of the Helderberg, have the benefits of growing up in a fine climate with the benefit of cooling midsummer breezes off False Bay.  These cause a slower ripening,

Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay nv is a great match with Dianne Bibby’s Tarragon Cream Chicken with pink peppercorns – 26.01.2018

Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay JD Pretorius, award winning winemaker at Steenberg in the Constantia Wine Appellation, produces a range of Cap Classique and sparkling wines of which the non-vintage Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay is one. Made from a selection of Chardonnay grapes from three other Wine Appellations, Robertson, Bonnievale and Darling. The vines from which

Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2017 & Tamsin Snyman’s Tuna Phyllo Samoosas with Cucumber Raita – 26.01.2018

Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2017 The de Villiers family of Landskroon, have been there for five generations, each Cellarmaster has been called Paul. When I asked the current Cellarmaster Paul who would be his ideal dinner guests, he wanted the previous Paul’s there so that they could tell him how they made wine!

Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs. Chenin loves Dianne Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken – 23.01.2018

Mulderbosch, home of 3 Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, makes a range of Chenin Blancs called The Single Vineyard Block.  Grapes from three different vineyards are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and during elevation in the cellar. The three blocks are harvested in the same way

Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 lovely match with Dianne Bibby’s Smoky Joe’s Beef Fillet with lemony salsa verde – 22.01.2018

Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 I well remember the queues of cars which parked outside the sales room at Groot Constantia in the mid 1970s lining up on Wednesdays and Saturdays to buy the scarce wines of the Estate. Groot Constantia and Cabernet Sauvignon fit together like hand in glove. Viticulturist Floricius Beukes, who has

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 , great match with Tracy Foulkes’s Honey Roasted Fig & Walnut Salad With Balsamic Chicken – 19.01.2018

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 La Bri Vineyards in Franschhoek is set amongst the most impressive mountains which go straight up into the sky in the south eastern corner of this most beautiful wine region. It is blessed with the most perfect little Cape Dutch style Manor house and a cutting-edge technology in its winery.  Irene

Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Pinot Noir Rosé MCC with Dianne Bibby’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad – 08.01.2018

The Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Pinot Noir MCC, an any time wine. Made from a noble variety with second fermentation in the bottle.....

Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2014, perfect match with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Chorizo, Chickpeas & Kale in Spicy Tomato Sauce – 05.01.2018

Bellingham Small Barrel SMV 2014 is a masterful blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Barrel aged for 14 months, it is a perfect wine for a well cooked meal.

Peter Falke Blanc de Noir 2017, good with Dianne Bibby’s Roast Aubergines with Miso & Pomelo – 28.12.2017

During these lazy, hazy, what-day-is-it, days between Christmas and New Year when lunch time comes around all too quickly and all you are looking for is a glass of meaningful pink to refresh you and go with a delicious little cold lunch time snack, Peter Falke Blanc de Noir 2017 is just the answer.

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2017, excellent with Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing – 21.12.2017

My Advent Calendar #22 wine, is a delicious Unwooded Pinot Noir 2017, a brilliant expression of both the grape and the vintage. Perfect with Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, good with Tracy Foulkes’s Perfectly Easy Roast Chicken & Gravy – 20.11.2017

From a real cool region in terms of weather and fashion, The Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, made from grapes from Groot Phesantekraal.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017, great with Carey Boucher-Erasmus’s Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, Leeks & Fennel – 10.11.2017

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017 is a clever blend of Chenin Blanc from Paardeberg and Drakenstein Vineyards. Chenin and Chicken are a great match...

Boland Cellar One Formation Blend 2017, a magical mix of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache Blanc…..31.10.2017

Chenin Blanc, 20% of the national vineyard, shines in this blend. Collaboration between growers and the cellar produce the finest of grapes to make a fine wine like this. Alida Ryder provides her Kick Ass Roast Chicken as the perfect partner...

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017 & Dianne Bibby’s Aubergines with Miso & Pomelo – 25.10.2017

A fine Rosé, the Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017. Purpose grown grapes, creating a lovely zesty bright fruited wine. Just add Dianne Bibby's Aubergine dish - perfect match.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2017 perfect with Cheryl Bennett’s Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl – 04.10.2017

A sublime Sauvignon Blanc from a talented & innovative wine Team at Boland Cellar, the Talent and Terroir 2017. A great match to my Florida friend Cheryl Bennett's Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl.

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn’s Asparagus & Broccoli – 27.09.2017

Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn's Asparagus & Broccoli. A fine Coastal Region Sauvignon to match Virgil's Asian food style.

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, perfect with Hein van Tonder’s Chipotle & Beer Short Ribs – 27.09.2017

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, perfect with Hein van Tonder’s Chipotle & Beer Short Ribs. Fine Stellenbosch Wine, great ribs.

Asara Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2014 with Tony Jackman’s Heritage Month Bacon & Beer Braai Bread – 20.09.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2014 with Tony Jackman’s Bacon & Beer Braai Bread. A perfect accompaniment for a braai in heritage month.

Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2015 & Sophia Lindop’s Stuffed pork loin chops, a Braai Dish for Heritage Month – 19.09.2017

Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2015, a great South African Grape Variety is a good partner to Sophia Lindop's Stuffed pork loin chops, a Braai Dish for Heritage Month.

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Venison Pie – 02.08.2017

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 If you want to know which as the first private estate in Stellenbosch to have bottled almost any single variety, Simonsig is one of the first you would investigate. Frans Malan, the founder was a real pioneer in the wine industry, first bottled his Cabernet Sauvignon in 1976. The 1977

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Confit Chicken with Fennel, Thyme & Lemon – 17.07.2017

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Unlike its very hot and dry predecessor, the 2017 harvesting season experienced good high temperatures with no off the scale heat. Cool nights and a light rainfall in early December allowed for disease free grapes with excellent flavours and acidity.  The yield was also up by 15% on the

Landskroon Shiraz 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Beef Olives – 30.06.2017

Landskroon Shiraz 2015 Landskroon sits on the slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, so named because the three large rocks on the top shine like pearls in the sun after rain. The South-Western slope face towards Cape Town. Nelie & Paul de Villiers Since the family bought the farm some 5 generations ago, the Cellar

Yonder Hill Inanda 2014 & Justine Wall’s Beef Briyani – 27.06.2017

Yonder Hill Inanda 2014 Yonder Hill Vineyards is situated on the Stellenbosch Somerset West road just before you drop down into Somerset West. On the lower slopes of the Helderberg, well known for the production of fine wines, the vineyard looks over False Bay from whence cooling afternoon breezes come to ameliorate the summer heat

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry – 23.06.2017

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 The home of Peter Falke Wines is on Groenvlei Farm on the well-known Annandale Road in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.  The strip down the Helderberg is well known for its red wines.  It sits in the path of cool afternoon breezes off False

Asara The Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Lamb Pilaf with Dates & Cranberries – 19.06.2017

Asara The Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate and Hotel is situated on the rolling Polkadraai Hills west of Stellenbosch at in the heart of its Wine Appellation.  These rolling hills provide many aspects and facings and soil types for the selection of wine grape varieties grown on the estate. The main supply

Fairview Shiraz 2014 & Alida Ryder’s Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato & Mozzarella – 16.06.2017

Fairview Shiraz 2014 When a wine you truly like does well for the umpteenth in a national competition. Two Fairview Wines are the most recent award winners in the 2017 Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. At the end of May, Fairview again proved its prowess in the cultivation and winemaking of this popular red wine grape

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Potato, Roquefort & Hazelnut Tart – 09.06.2017

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 I constantly tell people not to wait for special occasion to drink a great bubbly, though of course, they are special at a time of celebration. The grapes for the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 were hand harvested from vine which are between 13 and 24 years of

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 & Nina Timm’s Crispy Crunchy Buffalo Wings – 08.06.2017

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 When you walk away with a gold medal from the Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France, where you beard the lions in their den, you know you have a great bottle of wine. Chardonnay ripening on the vine And so, it is with the Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016. The grapes come

Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 & Anina Meyer’s Chicken, Bacon & Potato Tray Bake – 02.06.2017

Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 There are few things more exciting that watching a bird catching thermals in the sky and sweeping back and forth appearing to have so much fun in the quietest most exhilarating manner.  The Jackal Bird is one of them. The Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 honours this bird which is

Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Coconut Cream Chicken Bake – 01.06.2017

Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 Not for nothing is Perdeberg Cellar known as the Home of Chenin Blanc. The Winemaking Team under Albertus Louw has so much experience in dealing with the fine grapes the Vineyard Team bring to the cellar. Dylan Dowell Ellis Perdeberg's White Winemaker Perdeberg’s wine grape producers have dryland,

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Flattie in a Frying Pan – 31.05.2017

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 Some years ago, vineyard owners were being told to pull up their Cinsaut and plant Merlot.  Now as fashions change, the reverse is happening.  Thank goodness for those who ‘kept the faith’, amongst them Groot Constantia. Merlot is going places as the Merlot Interest Group does its work to help producers

Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Rosé 2016

Glen Carlou The Curators Collection 2016 Rosé I was present when Glen Carlou launched The Curator’s Collection, some truly exciting wines.  I am berserk for Rosé and even in winter, a good Rosé with a fine food match is a special thing. The Glen Carlou Curator’s Collection Rosé 2016 is blend of Mourvèdre 58% and

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Cheat’s Deep Dish Pizza – 26.05.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the

Landskroon Pinotage 2014 & Tracy Foulkes’s Whole Roasted Butternut With & Simple Balsamic Reduction – 26.05.2017

Landskroon Pinotage 2014 Pinotage, the iconic South African grape, was created in the late 1920s. It was not until some 30 years later, that grapes from Bellevue Wine Estate were bottled as Pinotage under the Lanzerac label.  Pinotage lay quiet until the 1970s when the pioneers of modern Pinotage starting producing wines from easy quaffers

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Boeuf Bourguignon – 19.05.2017

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2015 There is more and more exciting chatter about Merlot. In the winelands, a Merlot Interest Group is putting together plans to improve Merlot by using better clones and planting the vines in the right soils, in the right microclimates and perhaps even treating it differently once it is in the cellar.