Lucullan adventures at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel…

There is a fine team of chefs at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel who produce some excellent produce and great dishes in the variety of restaurant an eating places in the Hotel. The sublime Asara Wines accompany them all...

Carrol Boyes, doyenne of South African Design, now produces premium wines…

Carrol Boyes, doyenne of South African Design Carrol Boyes, the well-known South African designer, has partnered with her brother, farmer and financier John Boyes, to create a unique range of limited edition premium wine. I recently had to opportunity to taste two of them, and while the bottles have amusing and typical Carrol Boyes labels, the

Spier offers an embarrassment of riches in its restaurant options….

Spier's  fine Homestead - Spier offers much to the visitor Eight Spier offers Eight, a fine restaurant on the Spier Estate.  From veld to fork, with the saladings and vegetables are grown organically on the Estate.  Farmer Angus, grows the grass-fed beef, pork, chickens which are free range. Children are catered for, to replenish energy

Boschendal’s Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut named a Top Ten MCC over a ten year period…

Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut Boschendal has started the 2018 awards season with a sparkle. Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut has been named one of the Top Ten Cap Classiques by South African Wine & Cellar Classifications for the ten year period of 2008 to 2018. The competition investigates wines’ track records across

Q&A with Noxolo Hlongwane Nedbank Private Wealth’s Head of Philanthropy on sponsorship of The Cape Wine Auction

Noxolo Hlongwane Nedbank Private Wealth's Head of Philanthropy on sponsorship of The Cape Wine Auction One of the most anticipated events on the Western Cape social calendar, and the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction lots, the Cape Wine Auction has, in only four years of existence, created a benchmark in philanthropy, raising almost R55

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old….

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old KWV was originally founded with the single purpose to serve the interest of the South African wine industry and to promote the image of local wines abroad in turn. This mandate changed in the 1990s when KWV’s role essentially altered from that of

Advent Calendar #13 wine – The Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2015…

Advent Calendar #13 wine, Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, made by 11th generation winemaker Matthew Krone. Exceptional expression from the Golden Triangle, Stellenbosch.

Cooked in South Africa is an initiative of Wish Upon a Star, a non-profit fund-raising charity. All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to children living with disability….

Cooked in South Africa is an initiative of Wish Upon a Star, a non-profit fund-raising charity. All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to children living with disability....

Wine Menu owner Corlien Morris unlocks the Unusuals

Unusuals Wine Festival organiser Corlien Morris with sommelier and participant Patson Mathonsi   The popular Unusuals Wine Festival is back to showcase South Africa’s lesser known varietals in the only focused platform in Gauteng of these wines. This not-to-be-missed display of truly exceptional wines takes place at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday, September 7,

Cape Brewing Company Brrrrew Event at the Spice Route Destination on 28 July

CBC brew master, Woelfgang Koedel Celebrate the start of the year’s second semester with a delicious meal paired with craft beer. Join Barley & Biltong Emporium and Cape Brewing Company (CBC) at their next winter Brrrrew Event at the Spice Route Destination on 28 July. Hops on the vine The July Brrrrew Event will make for a

Cheese Baker Cheese on toast with a twist

The Cheese Baker - cheese on toast with a twist We are having such fun with The Cheese Baker and creating recipes for it. A while ago, my wife, Madeleine wrote down some notes about a recipe for The Cheese Baker. I stuck them on my computer and we decided that this would be the

De Grendel Restaurant is a TripAdvisor Favourite with the 2017 Certificate of Excellence

De Grendel Restaurant Interior “A superior customer experience.” This is the sentiment behind the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award De Grendel received from TripAdvisor, which follows on from the same award in 2016. This achievement celebrates businesses, which have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The restaurant is located at

Mont Blois – Robertson Royalty

Mont Blois Manor House In the very first John Platter’s Book of South African Wine, published in 1980, Mont Blois White Muscadel is awarded four stars and John himself writes, “A superlative wine, a truly fine example of a dessert or after dinner wine, luscious rich but delicate.’ That wine was made by Ernst Bruwer

Spice Route Wines launches its iconic Amos Block Perpetual Reserve

Spice Route The Amos Block Perpetual Reserve I love sherry and sherry style wines.  Having visited Jerez in Spain as long ago as 1968, having been captivated by Sherry, I was so thrilled to read about this new wine from Klein Amoskuil Farm in the Swartland. The Klein Amoskuil’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is the oldest

Vineyard Views Country House – excellence in Riebeek Kasteel

Vineyard Views Country House, Riebeek Kasteel Having been invited to a family wedding in Riebeek Kasteel, we set about finding ourselves an overnight stay. Little did we know that the place we would choose, actually belonged to friends, Gareth Pienaar and Grant Dewar who invited us to spend the night at Vineyard Views Country House

Spier – taste the farm with good food at Eight

Spier Farmer Angus dinner Spier invites you to a first-hand experience of their farm-to-table philosophy at Eight Restaurant, with Farmer Angus, Executive Chef Lolli and Sommelier Welma Beukes. At this interactive food evening, you’ll get to taste the intrinsic goodness of food from Spier’s own pastures, with fresh produce from our vegetable gardens and Farmer

We’re back!

The beautiful Nuy Valley Madeleine and I have just been on a fabulous trip to the Nuy Valley and Robertson.  Hence the silence of the last couple of days. We stayed in a wonderful place, and tasted some sublime wines, and met some utterly lovely people. We have much to talk about and will be

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: |

The Game Reserve, wines from Rooiberg Robertson…

You are well warned before you reach Rooiberg Cellar While many are in the Robertson Valley enjoying the Wacky Wine Weekend, we are at home drinking some fine Robertson Wines. And two of them are very South African, the Chenin Blanc and the Pinotage.  Chenin Blanc is the largest planted wine grape in the country,

Shiraz Stars for 2017 announced

Shiraz Stars for 2017 A dozen remarkable Shiraz wines and three impressive Shiraz blends captured the limelight during the fifth annual Shiraz Challenge awards ceremony held on 31 May at the Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl. Fans of this noble cultivar can safely set their sights on these front-runners when next they find themselves facing

Morgenster – the liquid gold that is Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Harvesting on Morgenster Having grown up on a farm where my parents had a large olive grove, olives are part of my life.  While I grew up in a butter based cuisine, over the last 20 years or so, we have cooked with olive oil at home. Recently I was invited to go and

Inverroche does World Gin Day on Saturday, 10 June

Inverroche Mocha G&T  Celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, 10 June with a South African gem, Inverroche. Their range of craft gin is infused with wild fynbos botanicals and unlike any other gin you will ever taste. Lorna Scott’s Inverroche spearheaded the gin revolution in South Africa with their small batch gins. Crafted at the

Spier offers a fab Father’s Day Lunch

A Table at Eight Spoil Dad with lunch at Eight, our acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant. Our harvest table offers a range of dishes all prepared with fresh, home-grown, seasonal ingredients. Greens and fresh veggies come the Werf food garden where they are grown without the use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. Our fillet, sirloin and sausages

The Food Barn – an invitation you don’t refuse…

Matt Day & Franck Dangereux Last week, I think we experienced some of the finest cooking in the Cape paired by Franck Dangereux, chef patron of The Food Barn and Matt Day, driven winemaker at Klein Constantia. The invitation was one we could not refuse. Matt and Franck have wanted to do this some time

Morgenster – elegant, sublime, fabulous wines

Morgenster Manor House Morgenster is in the eastern reaches of the Helderberg Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. A premium producer of fine olives and olive products, and a range of top class internationally recognised wines. Recently on a visit to the estate, I was introduced to the new wines, and the new ventures in the olive oil

ASARA – one stop Stellenbosch Wine Estate

The Asara Wine Estate and Hotel In the undulating Polkadraai Hills, east of the town of Stellenbosch and in its eponymous Wine Appellation, lies a gem, The Asara Wine Estate and Hotel. This award-winning wine estate. and its luxury hotel, has no Cape Dutch Houses, white walls or generations of family winemakers.  It is a

Simonsig Merindol Takes Rare Gold at Syrah du Monde

Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2010 A single-vineyard Syrah from the Cape‘s 2010 vintage made on Simonsig Estate won one of the few Gold medals awarded at this year’s Syrah du Monde competition in France. The Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2010 was among only 35 Gold medal winners out of 372 wines entered by 26 countries at this

Azolile Khoncoshe – beneficiary of Nederburg Auctioneers Initiative

Azolile Khoncoshe Azolile Khoncoshe, the first recipient to benefit from this newest initiative, is currently a third year Viticulture & Oenology student at the University of Stellenbosch. The bursary funded his studies in 2016 and will continue to do so for the remaining portion of his degree. Through the Nederburg Auction, Khoncoshe will also have

“Simple” yet “bold” are the words for Louisa Greeff’s Winter Menu at The Durbanville Hills Restaurant

Durbanville Hills Winery overlooking Table Bay Surrounded by rolling hills and boasting beautiful views of Cape Town, Durbanville Hills is nestled in the picturesque Durbanville Valley, making it the ideal place to enjoy a warm winter meal with a glass of award-winning wine. To ensure that the upcoming colder months are savoured, the restaurant has

Lanzerac releases maiden Chenin Blanc & first Syrah in more than 10 years

Lanzerac, Stellenbosch's oldest Country House Hotel In May 1966, I started working at Lanzerac, the beautiful country hotel in the very heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. At the time, Lanzerac was amongst the first f the Country House style of hotels and the fist in South African to served a buffet breakfast.  The Cheese

Sunday Feast at Haute Cabrière from 1 May to 30 September 2017

Haute Cabrière Restaurant Sunday lunch has a strong tradition all over the world, it is still very much an aspect of life nowadays with busy weeks leaving Sundays the day to recharge and catch up over a hearty and tasty meal, making conversation the centre piece of the table. Chefs Westley Muller & Nic van

Cape to Rio Rowing Expedition Done & Dusted

Braam Malherbe & Wayne Robertson Sponsor Oude Molen Feeling Proud The team at Oude Molen Cape Brandy, one of South Africa’s oldest brandy distilleries, who sponsored adventurer Braam Malherbe’s epic 8000 KM Cape to Rio Rowing DOTChallenge expedition, are feeling proud of the achievement of the adventurer and his team mate Wayne Robertson, who arrived

Benguela Cove Wines launches New English Vineyard

Johann Fourie & Penny Streeter at Benguela Cove Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate - situated in Walker Bay, Hermanus, at the start of the Hermanus Wine Route - is transporting its expertise 6,000 miles to create the newest vineyard in England. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes will be ready to make sparkling

Steenberg – Winter wonderland of contemporary classics at Catharina’s

Catharina's Restaurant at Steenberg Savour skilfully prepared contemporary winter classics while soaking up fireside nostalgia in idyllic Cape Dutch surroundings at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg. Archie McLean, Catharina's Executive Chef Named after Steenberg’s intrepid 17th century founder, Catharina Ustings Ras, Catharina’s with Executive Chef, Archie Maclean at the helm, is all about exciting palates with

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – a gem from Robertson

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 I remember once in the early noughties being told that Excelsior Cabernet was one of the best-selling South African Cabernet under a cork in the USA.  Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 43% of the estate’s plantings. The Robertson soils are well known to be lime based with portions of shale. This is

Terroir, still the hottest meal ticket, offers a Chalkboard Winter Menu

Michael Broughton's Terroir, the Cookbook Acclaimed winelands restaurant Terroir has welcomed the arrival of winter with a special menu offer that is sure to make this award-winning Stellenbosch eatery the hottest table in town as the cold sets in. From May to September guests can enjoy their choice of two dishes (starter/main or main/dessert) from

Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake & Snow Mountain Malbec 2016

The Cheese Baker Brie & Raspberry Bake When I was at Cookery School in London, they always made us peel Brie and Camembert. I always felt that this robbed the dish of flavour and texture. If you like, you can push it through a sieve, but I found that mashing it with a fork does

The Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch returns to Hartenberg Wine Estate 28 May 2017

Hartenberg Wine Estate, Simonsberg in the background Hand-crafted wine and soul food are a match made in heaven and Hartenberg Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, invites you to embark on a journey of sensory experiences at this year’s Bottelary Hills Pop Lunch on Sunday, 28 May. Be enthralled as highly

Sharpen your Culinary Skills with New Interactive Cooking Classes at Durbanville Hills – 27 June & 29 July

To warm up the coming winter months, Durbanville Hills is launching its new and exciting interactive cooking classes for aspiring foodies, in collaboration with The Little Pink Chef, Maryke Josling. This limited offering will be taking on two different occasions – the first on 27 June and the second on 29 July – from 18:30

Baleia Wines Erhard Pinot Noir 2014 – family tradition in the making

 Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014 In the recently established wine region near the country town of Vermaaklikheid along the Cape South Coast, the Joubert family has established itself as a pioneer wine producers with their unique range of Baleia Wines and Olive Oil, showcasing true pioneering energy, commitment, passion and family values. Their premium flagship

Break in Payday with Spice Route’s First Brrrrew Event

CBC Beer Tasters Beautiful Paarl Winelands Destination, the Spice Route will warm up winter appetites with its debut Brrrrew Event offering a 'delicious' line-up of gourmet burgers, craft beer and live entertainment on Friday 26 May. Partnering with 2017 KLINK Awards Best Winelands Burger restaurant finalist, Barley and Biltong Emporium, and leading craft beer producer,

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is once again hunting down South Africa's greatest steakhouse, and inviting members of the public to take part in this exciting annual competition. How The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 Works May: Public Voting Round and Weekly Prizes During the month of May anyone can vote for their favourite steakhouse, via Facebook,

Steenberg winter escape in The Constantia Winelands

Steenberg Manor House Escape the winter blues for a haven of tranquility in the vineyards and take advantage of fabulous seasonal offers at Steenberg, the Cape’s first registered farm just 30 minutes from the bustling heart of Cape Town. Wrapped in gracious, understated luxury and steeped in history dating back to 1682, the 24-room, 5-star

Windfall Wines – a gem in the Robertson Crown

Windfall Barrel No 41 Robertson Wines always spring surprises.  This region known about 50 years ago for its sweet wine, now delivers international award winning white, reds and bubblies.  They are exported all over the world. Windfall is situated in the Agterkliphoogte Valley, a small boutique wine farm and as they have it ‘one of

Steenberg launches Vintner’s Breakfast at Bistro Sixteen82

Steenberg BistroSixteen82, the Tasting Room & The Cellar Steenberg’s trendy Bistro Sixteen82 has come up with a fabulous way to spend a chilly winter morning in Constantia with the new hearty Vintner’s Breakfast. Kerry Kilpin - Bistro Sixteen82 chef This special breakfast for wine lovers includes a glass of Steenberg bubbly with your choice of

Corlea celebrates 10 years at Bosman Vineyards

Corlea Fourie “Calm, precise, intuitive and softly spoken; always up for a challenge”, that’s how Bosman CEO Petrus Bosman describes their award-winning winemaker, Corlea Fourie. The 2017 vintage is Corlea’s 10th at the Bosman cellar, and she has much to be proud of. A quick glance at the latest Platter will reassure with a 5

May 6th, 2017|Categories: Michael's Writings|

Celebrate Roast Leg of Lamb Day on 7 May

A fine roast leg of lamb with figs Roast leg of lamb. A traditional dish in many cultures. The dinner-table highlight of many a special celebration. The thought of which, brings emotion and memories and hunger... Lesser things have been allocated a special day on the calendar, so it makes good sense to join the

Archie McLean offers pocket friendly winter lunches at Steenberg’s Catharina’s Restaurant

Catharina’s Executive Chef, Archie Maclean Catharina’s Executive Chef, Archie Maclean, has tweaked his special lunch menu with more choice and additional comfort dishes that fit the bill perfectly for a cosy fireside lunch in Steenberg’s idyllic Cape Dutch surroundings. Catherina's One of the jewels on the Constantia wine route, Catharina’s Restaurant offers a two or

Judi Dyer – Managing Director of Oldenburg Vineyards

Judi Dyer OLDENBURG VINEYARDS, has appointed Judi Dyer as Managing Director, with effect from April 2017. Judi’s vast and varied experience with top brands ranging across hospitality, wine and olive oil industries (amongst others), has her uniquely poised to join and lead the Oldenburg team for owners Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy. Oldenburg's Rondekop Hill in

Spice Route Wines shine at The 2017 National Wine Challenge

Charl du Plessis Spice Route Winemaker with assistant-winemaker Licia Solomons Spice Route Wines has once again performed exceptionally well at the National Wine Challenge awards, with five of its wines receiving top honours. The premier awards event, now in its seventh successful year, was held on 26 April 2017 in Cape Town and played host

Asara scores at Top 100 Wines…

Asara Wine Estate Vineyards looking East Asara Wines Estate in the Polkadraai Hills in Stellenbosch has already nearly filled its medal and awards cupboard for 2017 with both local and international awards for their wines. Janette van Lill, Danielle le Roux CWM & Christiaan Nigrini Now the Asara Winemaking team, headed by Danielle le Roux

The Gamekeeper’s Chicken Pot

The Gamekeeper, by Richard Ansdell (1815–85) Autumn is upon us and it is time to start thinking of warming dishes for the cooler evenings.  There are any number of chicken dishes, coq au vin, coq au Riesling and Chicken Marengo, reputed to have been prepared by Napoleon’s cook after the Battle of Marengo. The dish

Fairview takes top honours at the 2017 National Wine Challenge

The 2017 National Wine Challenge winners were announced on 25 April 2017 and Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl was named a Vineyard Consistency Award winner, garnering over 10 top accolades this year. In addition, Fairview took joint second place overall across the entire spectrum of categories and wines. Fairview Wine & Cheese Estate

Wine Menu’s Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival May 8th

Corlien Morris, Owner of The Wine Menu, Bluebird Shopping Centre, Atholl The Wine Menu Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival, which takes on Thursday, May 18, from 18h00 at Killarney Country Club’s Crystal Room.  Festivalgoers will taste more than 80 of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as those wines from France, Chile

Spice Route Wines – I talk to Charl du Plessis, Winemaker…

Charl du Plessis, winemaker of Spice Route Wines I said recently in a piece that I wrote, I would happily drink any wine from Spice Route, just friendly wines and perfect food partners. Charl du Plessis has been winemaker for Spice Route for the past 15 years.  I wanted to get to know him better.

Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 offers cosy winter value..

Kerry Kilpin at the pass Warm up this winter with a menu brimming with value and Chef Kerry Kilpin’s exciting seasonal tweaks at Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s trendy cellar door restaurant in Constantia. For an indulgent lunch of bistro-style comfort food, there’s a special hearty and homely winter menu to keep you fuelled until the end

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, SAA Wine of the Year

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel on ice South African Airways announced its annual Wine of the Year Awards at a dinner held at Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, 8 April. The awards were made in four categories: white wines, red wines, Cape Tawny and Méthode Cap Classique wines. Frans & Liza Malan The Wine of

Plaisir de Merle Winemaker’s Dinners, May August & October

Plaisir de Merle Manor House Plaisir de Merle is hosting winemaker’s table dinners in May, August and October of this year and I would greatly appreciate it if you could share the below dates and details with your readers. SAVE THESE DATES – 13 May 2017 and 12 August 2017 for Winemaker’s Table dinners at

Slay your winter blues at ‘Taste the Helderberg’ epicurean fest

Taste the Helderberg It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight. Excellent reds For one night only, wine farms and restaurants in the desirable Helderberg region spread their rainbow colours in a showcase of fine

Steenberg meets Kaapzicht for a sizzling food & wine evening

Catharina's Restaurant on Steenberg Estate Join Executive Chef Archie Maclean and accomplished Kaapzicht winemaker Danie Steytler for the ultimate winter food and wine experience at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg on Thursday, 11 May. Known for his adventurous take on classic dishes, Chef Archie has come up trumps again with a four course menu that will

Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc – with my deconstructed Sushi

Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc Charles Back is one of the leaders in the ‘new age of the Swartland’ from the mid 1990s when he purchased a tobacco farm, Klein Amoskuil. Close to Paarl, Darling and Malmesbury, it was found to have the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the country. I have visited there and it