Valentine’s Day Angel Food, my Fresh Norwegian Salmon cured with Grappa, perfect with a glass of Delaire Graff Sunrise Cap Classique…

Delaire Graff Sunrise Cap Classique nv, made in the style of a Cremant de Loire with Chenin Blanc as the lead grape...

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

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,

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

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 & Justine Wall’s Quarter Lamb Bunny – 21.04.2017

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 There are wineries where each and every one of the wines, I would drink happily and enjoy to the full.  For me, Spice Route is one of those. Spice Route Wine started when Charles Back bought an old tobacco farm near Malmesbury, which interestingly has the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Tuscan Roast Chicken – 19.04.2017

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 Gerhard Swart, the Winemaker at Flagstone Wines, is producing some fine drops. Under the hand of Bruce Jack, they aim to produce wines which respect our 350-year-old winemaking heritage.  They make wines which not only please the senses, but also stimulate fine thoughts. Gerhard Swart Winemaker at Flagstone

Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 & Roberta Muir’s Artichoke & White Bean Dip – 17.04.2017

Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 Chenin Blanc is so much in favour and there are some serious practitioners out there, making some exciting wines. The Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 is one of them. Zevenwacht Manor House Zevenwacht is situated in a southerly part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation just north of the shores of False Bay,

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016 & Tracy Foulkes’s Fresh Pea Pesto & Ricotta Bruschetta – 24.03.2017

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016 picture from When talking about Chenin Blanc, I need to declare a love interest. When talking about Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc, there is an extra dollop of love put on top.  I grew up on a wine farm where my father produced Chenin Blanc [or Steen as it was

Perdeberg The Ploughman Wines, a tribute to Dawid Diederiks – 23.02.2016

The Ploughman Wines Perdeberg Winery echoes the saying of Pliny the Elder, Roman Statesman and Scholar, who said ‘always something new out of Africa,’ for there is always something new out of Perdeberg Cellar. Dawid “Dappies” Diederiks of Klein Môrewag Perdeberg wines is a strategic partner of the state in developing Klein Môrewag to the

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Simple Tomato Salad with Parsley & Walnut Pesto – 21.02.2017

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s largest wine grape planting, has been called The Workhorse.  I have always thought this was a bit of an insult, and have thought of it as The Show Pony. It is used in a broad range of wines and wine styles from the driest and most delicate

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Greek Feta & Phyllo Pies with Honey & Oregano – 16.02.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 For over 75 years, Boland Cellar has sat in the foothills of the iconic Paarl Mountain facing eastwards. With their grape growers placed in five different micro climatic conditions, they have a host of grapes to draw on to make their sublime wines. Some special vineyard

Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2015 & my Brick Chicken – 02.02.2017

Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2015 Morné Vrey, the winemaker at Delaire Graff Estate at the top of the Banghoek Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is able to use grapes from other wine appellations, from vineyards contracted to supply the winery.  The vineyards are watched over by Delaire Graff’s viticultural team to ensure

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 & Bush Vine Pinotage 2015 with Tracy Foulkes’s Crispy Pork Belly with Chocolate Hoisin Sauce – 26.01.2017

Niël Groenewald, Bellingham Winemaker I think we can safely call both Pinotage and Chenin Blanc South African grapes.  Pinotage was created here in the late 1920s by Professor Abraham Perold.  Chenin Blanc originated in the Loire Valley in France, though our plantations here are 6 times larger than the French and it is South Africa’s

Current wines, Dagbreek & Dragonridge – 22.01.2017

Current Red Wine on the Rack Dagbreek Tinta Amarela 2015 Having visited Portugal on two separate occasions, once to co-author a book on Portuguese Wines, I became to really enjoy some of the amazing Portuguese indigenous wine grape varieties. One should be careful as the same grape will have different names in other wine appellations.

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc 2015 & Nina Timm’s Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad – 20.01.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc 2015 Boland Cellar on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain, draws its grapes from a wide range of geographical, geological and meteorological micro climates. A wide range of altitudes, aspects, soil types and weather conditions. A team of producers, viticulturists and oenologists who have one aim – quality

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 & Hein van Tonder’s Flatbreads with Grilled Zucchini dressed in Lemon & Hemp Seed Oil – 11.01.2017

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 Ever the pioneers and innovators, Simonsig Wine Estate in Stellenbosch are not packing their Chenin Blanc and Pinotage in a new made for purpose bottle.  It’s essentially the classic Burgundy shape, perhaps leaning gently to the Alsatian. The Estate’s first ever bottled wine was a Chenin Blanc which owner Frans Malan

KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 with Mynhardt Joubert’s Coriander & Lime Marinated Chicken Breast Salad

KWV Classic Chenin Blanc 2016 It’s summertime and the living is easy with this delicious Chenin paired Cilantro and Lime Chicken breast salad from TV personality and well-known chef, Mynhardt Joubert. Mynhardt Joubert It’s quick and easy to prepare, cost effective and uses seasonal ingredients. For extra flavour, Joubert suggests marinating the chicken

Boschendal Sommelier Selection awarded Top Ten at Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge

Boschendal Sommelier Selection Chenin Blanc 2015 Boschendal, one of South Africa’s most iconic wineries, has once again received a prestigious award for their wines, this time for their premium Chenin Blanc at the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge on 24 August 2016. Judged and selected by a panel of experienced wine judges,

Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, Leeks & Fennel – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing Leeks & Fennel Carey says: "This roast chicken is something special. Butter and sage is rubbed underneath the skin and the cavity is filled with a stuffing of Toulouse sausage (or good pork sausage), apple, sage and onion and then roasts on a