Glen Carlou Merlot 2016, great partner to Nina Timm’s Risoni – Baked with the simple flavours of the Mediterranean…

One of the finer Merlots, Glen Carlou's little blackbird, the Glen Carlou Merlot 2016. Fine expression of the grape from this Paarl Wine Estate...

De Wetshof Thibault 2010, perfect partner to Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce…

A Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, a wine of substance, the De Wetshof Thibault 2010...

Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016, so good with Alida Ryder’s Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions…

Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016, grapes harvested from a single vineyard on the Estate. A pure fine Merlot.

Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Lighthouse Merlot 2016, good for a midweek supper with Anina Meyer as it is with your Sunday Roast

Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Lighthouse Merlot 2016, a new premium Merlot from a winery which overlooks Table Mountain and Table Bay...

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

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

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.

Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé 2016 & Ina Paarman’s Prawn Chowder – 18.04.2017

Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2016 Durbanville Hills is a collective of 9 vineyard owners in the cool vineyards in a little valley which runs up from the ocean bringing with it the chill breezes off the Benguela Current. The winery itself sits proud on a promontory looking over Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben

Boland Cellar Flutterby Merlot 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Mushroom Risotto with Lamb – 13.04.2017

Boland Cellar Flutterby Merlot 2015 Merlot, mystical magical Merlot, the most planted red wine grape in Bordeaux, is named for Merle, French for blackbird or thrush.  Used both as a single variety wine and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon in order to soften is high tannic nature. Merlot has its opponents and vociferous proponents in South

DeWaal Merlot 2014 & Anina Meyer’s Crispy Pork Belly Ribs with Green Sauce & Honey Roasted Potatoes – 24.03.2017

DeWaal Merlot 2014 With its very close ties to Pinotage, one might be forgiven overlooking the other classy reds the DeWaal Vineyards produces. DeWaal wines was one of the early bottlers of a single variety Merlot. The first vintage was 1984 and from 1986, the wine was served to First Class passengers on our national

Oldenburg Merlot 2013 & Nadia Graves’s Raclette in a pan – 17.03.2017

Oldenburg Merlot 2013 If you’re looking for class, you don't have to look much further than Oldenburg Vineyards.  This enchanting little winery is situated in the upper, almost Alpine, reaches of the Banghoek Valley with the Simonsberg, Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains towering above it.  And then in amusing sharp contrast the little Rondekop Hill

Perdeberg’s Rooted Chardonnay 2016 & Rooted Merlot 2015 – 15.03.2017

The Perdeberg Cellar Team Perdeberg might do many things, sitting still is not one of them.  Able to draw on a large variety of vineyards, grape types and indeed microclimatic conditions. The team of viticulturists frequently visits the producer vineyards and always have an eye out for something special. The Perdeberg Rooted Chardonnay 2016 and

DeWaal Young Vines Merlot 2014 & Hein van Tonder’s Mumbai Cheese Toasties – 27.02.2016

DeWaal Young Vines Merlot 2014 DeWaal Wines is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills to the west of the town of Stellenbosch in its eponymous wine appellation.  The family have farmed this land for generations and have become part of Pinotage history in South Africa. CT de Waal, who was born in the Uiterwyk Manor

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Individual Beef Wellingtons – 24.02.2016

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2014 When I asked Paul de Villiers, Cellarmaster at Landskroon Wine Estate on the South-Western slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, who he would like as dinner guests, he said “the previous 5 Pauls, I want to hear about how they made wine.”  Paul V is no slouch at winemaking

Pear Walnut & Brie Tart – Nadia Graves

Pear Walnut & Brie Tart by Nadia Graves Nadia says: "The flavour combination of these tarts is truly a match made in heaven. Sweet, soft pears, baked with honey and balsamic, with delicious, ripe, creamy brie, all piled on flaky puff pastry and scattered with crunchy walnuts. I serve these with a dollop of creamy,

Waterblommetjiebredie – Nina Timm

Waterblommetjiebredie – Nina Timm Nina says: “Waterblommetjie are commonly known as the Cape pond weed and can be found in the dams, ponds and marshes of the Western Cape. Waterblommetjie bredie is a stew made from the little flowers with lamb and can be directly translated as small flower stew! Waterblommetjie bredie is a seasonal

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – Dianne Bibby

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – Dianne Bibby Dianne says: "The combination of savoury and sweet is a familiar concept to most South Africans. Fresh and dried fruits have been mainstays to many local favourites for centuries, often appearing in lamb, chicken and beef recipes. Rather than the traditional use of fruit,

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole – Lizet Hartley

Jalapeno beef burger with guacamole by Lizet Hartley Lizet says: "Burgers, done properly, are a thing of beauty. They’re super easy and cheap to make. Best of all? They’re actually quite healthy. Now before the fast food insults start flying, let me qualify. A burger is healthy IF you make it yourself, because you’re in

One Minute Hollandaise with a stick blender – Nina Timm

Nina Timm's One Minute Hollandaise with a stick blender Nina says: “One minute hollandaise……. what? What happened to whisking forever to incorporate the melted butter. What happened to a split sauce? One minute hollandaise made with my stick blender, that is what happened! Like so many people I LOVE hollandaise sauce. Sadly I have had

The Bibby’s Shepherds Pie – Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby's Shepherds Pie Dianne says: "In my cooking classes, I’m often asked what’s the difference between Shepherd’s pie and Cottage Pie. These two British classics hang comfortably with the likes of Bangers & mash and Fish & chips. Growing up however, I was only familiar with cottage pie and a shepherd was some solitary

Chorizo Chicken with Rosa Tomatoes – Tracy Foulkes NoMU

Chicken Chorizo with Rosa Tomatoes Ingredients 1 tbsp NoMU Chicken Fond 250ml hot water 8 free range chicken thighs NoMU Sea Salt NoMU Extra Virgin Olive oil for rubbing NoMU Duck & Poultry Grinder, Poultry Rub or Roast Rub 1 large red onion or 3 shallots, sliced 1 Spanish chorizo sausage, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed ¼ cup