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

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

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – 25.05.2017

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Exciting wines coming from Flagstone with Gerhard Swart in charge of the winemaking team.  For me the Flagstone Wines are so food friendly, you can almost imagine different dishes while drinking them. The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a unique Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes from the

Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Home Cured Trout – 12.05.2017

Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I have stood in the vineyards in Darling which provides the grapes for this wine.  It was a mid-season day, up on a hill with valleys going down to the Atlantic Ocean. The Benguela Current in the ocean is one which sweeps up from the Antarctic and creates cool breezes

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Pork Dumplings with Ginger, Chilli & Soy Sauce – 03.05.2017

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is named for HMS Rattlesnake, one of the Royal Navy Warships involved in the famous Battle of Muizenberg in 1795 which lead to the first British occupation of the Cape Colony. Sauvignon Blanc ripening on the vine Appropriate that the Sauvignon Blanc grapes should be

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

Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 & My Kitchen Cake – 30.03.2017

Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 I must declare an interest here, I love sweet wines. They don't have to be Noble Late Harvest, Fortifies sweeties or Natural Sweets, old Ports or lovely Spanish Sherries. The grapes for the Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 come from a single vineyard block planted in Tukulu soil

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine & Meeta K Wolff’s Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Avocado – 29.03.2017

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine Something really pretty from Durbanville Hills, the Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine. You need a bottle of this in a glass ice bucket midmorning under the pergola drinking it for the sheer fun of it. Martin Moore & Wilhelm Coetzee hosting a braai This is Martin Moore and Wilhelm Coetzee’s

Boland Cellar Flutterby Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Traditional South African Pickled Fish – 29.03.2017

Boland Cellar Flutterby Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Boland Cellar was founded in 1941 and uses the grapes of several producers, from a variety of microclimatic conditions. Anything they bottle is done with great care, careful elevation in the cellar and the fine art of blending before it finds its way to the supermarket and wine specialist

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Pork Dumplings with Ginger, Chilli & Soy Sauce – 28.03.2017

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I so remember the time when there was no Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa, no Chardonnay too if the truth be known. And here we have the first bottling of the Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc nearly forty years ago.  Frans Malan, late founder of Simonsig, was in every way a pioneer,

Klein Constantia KC Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Ina Paarman’s Cauliflower Steaks with Red Pepper Sauce – 24.03.2017

Klein Constantia KC Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Constantia is the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. It was here that in the late 1600s, that Simon van der Stel set up a commercial winery.  It was from here that the early Constantia wines were exported to, and became the rage of Europe. Drunk by Kings,

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Low Carb Chicken Satay Salad – 22.03.2017

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Adam Mason and the team at Mulderbosch Vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are fortunate to have a large home vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to which they can add grapes from contracted suppliers which are all as perfect as their own. Adam Mason, Mulderbosch Winemaker The

Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Ilse van der Merwe’s Smoked Trout Terrine – 10.03.2017

Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 So often when you buy a bottle of wine, you have no idea about what the winery looks like, its setting, its history and the climatic conditions which surround the vineyards. Zevenwacht has a modern winery which is behind the most beautiful Cape Dutch Manor House of the most amazing proportions,

Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Delicious Chicken Salad with roasted butternut – 09.03.2017

Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 What a different world South African wine was when Douglas Green founded his company in 1942.  He wanted to sell good wine, at even handed prices which reflect the grape varieties from which they are made from some of the best cellars in the winelands. And things haven’t really changed

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 & Meeta Wolff’s Ras el Hanout & Za’atar Grilled Salmon – 02.03.2017

Groot Constantia Barrel Cellar Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the white grapes of Bordeaux and make some of the finest white wines in the world. Successfully blended in other parts of the wine world. In Western Australia, it is hugely popular. The Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 is a blend of the two varieties

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

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad with Chipotle Dressing – 17.02.2017

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 When you are drawing grapes from such distant [from each other] wine appellations and Adam Mason Mulderbosch Winemaker and his viticultural team drive huge distances to get from one to other, put your tongue in your cheek and call your wine Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015. Selecting grapes

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Caprese Panzanella Salad – 08.02.2017

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I believe that the east facing slopes of the Constantia Mountains are just perfect for the production of Sauvignon Blanc.  The weather conditions are so ideal.  Cooling diurnal breezes tumbling down the mountain late in the afternoon ameliorate the heat in the summer vineyards and allow the grapes to take

DeWaal Young Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chilled Cucumber Soup with Grape & Watermelon Salsa – 24.01.2017

DeWaal Young Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2016 De Waal Wines has such a great history in Cape wines.  Pinotage being the focus as not only was the first maker in 1941 of a barrel of Pinotage Charl Theron de Waal born in the Estate’s Uiterwyk Manor House, but also, the Estate is home to the oldest

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Summer Salad with Peas & Goat’s Cheese – 18.01.2017

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Klein Constantia, the home of one of South Africa’s iconic and internationally recognised wines, Vin de Constance, has Matt Day as its winemaker. The Estate produces a range of sublime reds, Chardonnay and is a specialist Sauvignon Blanc producer. Matthew Day, grapes coming in to the Cellar Sauvignon Blanc vineyards

Chicken with bacon & baby tomatoes, with Willow Creek Olive Oils

Chicken with bacon & baby tomatoes Quite often Madeleine will play in the kitchen with what we have in the fridge.  The result is usually a once off and always delicious.  And I find a suitable wine, this time the Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2016. We love using the Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oils,

Zevenwacht Z 360° Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Ilse van der Merwe’s Vietnamese Rolls – 03.01.2017

Zevenwacht Manor House with vineyards up the hill Now here’s a fine thing - Zevenwacht Z 360° Sauvignon Blanc 2015!  Zevenwacht, the Estate with the most beautiful Manor House overlooking a lake, is the perfect situation for making fine Sauvignon Blanc.  Cooling breezes off False Bay blowing gently up the hills ameliorates the Summer heat

KWV’s Double Festive Delight with Berry Glazed Gammon with Candied Apples & Fresh Berries By Mynhardt Joubert, TV personality & well-known chef

Mynhardt Joubert, KWV Consultant Chef Christmas is my absolute best time of the year because it is filled with smells and goodwill that no other time of the year can convey.  Gammon is an iconic Christmas meat to cook and this recipe offers double festive delight because it can be served hot or cold. With

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 revealed

Back from left to right Francois Marais (FNB), Danie Keulder (Nitida), Kim McFarlane (Hermanuspietersfontein), Joris van Almenkerk (Almenkerk), Stephan Claassen (FNB), Lieza van der Merwe (Merwida), Riandri Visser (Cape Point Vineyards), Miles Mossop (Tokara), Charl Sandenbergh (FNB) Front from left to right Estelle Lourens (Uitkyk), Brentt Rhode (Ken Forrester), De Villiers Graaff (De Grendel), Sjaak

Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans – Ina Paarman

Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans Ina says: “A salad is the healthiest and most painless way to start any meal; especially when the main course is substantial. Iceberg lettuce is back in fashion!” Iceberg Slice with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans You will need ½ cup (50 g) pecan nuts, roughly chopped

Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt Anina offers her fresh, healthy and low carb salad of spinach, apple and fennel with an insanely delicious spiced yogurt dressing. Preparation time 10 minutes Servings 2 Ingredients 2 cups chopped spinach 1/2 fennel bulb sliced 2 apples sliced fennel leaves for garnish 1 cup

Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy caramelised pecan nut salad – Tracy Foulkes

Tracy Foulkes's Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy caramelised pecan nut salad Tracy Foulkes is the heart and soul behind NOMU Foods which supplies a large range of fabulous products making life in the kitchen.  Her website is below the biography at the end of this post, well worth a visit. Baby gem, gorgonzola & spicy

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Crispy Smoked Snoek & Apple – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Crispy Smoked Snoek & Apple Carey says: “This soup is inspired by a mouthwatering amuse bouche we enjoyed at Test Kitchen sometime last year.  I added sweet potato to my vichyssoise to play nicely with the smoked snoek and tartness of the apple, but you still need some normal potato in