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

Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chicken a la King filled Parsley Pancakes – 10.05.2017

Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 When you have grown up in the wine business, as I did, and time passes, I forget how long we have actually had Chardonnay vines planted in the winelands.  Simonsig Wine Estate, under its founder, Frans Malan, was amongst the early planters of Chardonnay in the mid 1970s, releasing their first Chardonnay in

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

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,

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

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

Johan Malan offers variety at CWG Auction with Vintage Cap Classique & a Mediterranean White Blend

Johan Malan CWG, Owner & Cellarmaster of Simonsig Wine Estate A Simonsig stalwart Cap Classique plus an adventurous Mediterranean blended white wine comprise the offering Simonsig cellar master Johan Malan has made for this year’s Cape Winemakers (CWG) Guild Auction, South Africa’s leading fine wine auction that takes place this year on 1 October. As

Curried Lamb Ribbetjies with Mint Yoghurt – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Curried Lamb Ribbetjies with Mint Yoghurt – Jane-Anne Hobbs Jane-Anne says: "A braai is quintessentially South African, so for this week I’ve chosen lamb ribbetjies [riblets] because I love them (and their name!), and a Cape-Malay-style marinade based on a traditional curried lamb-sosatie soaking sauce. Drenched in a turmeric-yellow, sharp-sweet marinade, Malay sosaties of this

Taste the Simonsig Wine Icons of Yesteryear at Vintage Wine Day on Saturday 13 August 2016

The Simonsig wine making team, from left Charl  Schoeman, Debbie Thompson, Cellarmaster & Owner Johan Malan & Hannes Meyer Wine-lovers will once again be given a rare chance to taste and buy older vintages of wines made on the Simonsig Estate, one of Stellenbosch’s best-known and lauded wine farms. The fourth Simonsig Vintage Wine Day

Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo – Jane Anne Hobbs

Jane Anne Hobbs Prawn & Asparagus Salad with Verjuice Dressing & Mayo 350 g asparagus tips a packet of dark mixed salad leaves 200 g Woolworths ready-cooked peeled prawns 8 baby radishes, halved lengthways For the dressing 100 ml Verjuice 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil For the mayonnaise 2 extra-large free-range egg yolks, at room

Cauliflower Fritters – Anna & Roberta Montali

Anna & Roberta Montali's Cauliflower Fritters Anna and Roberta Montali are a dynamite mother and daughter team who run a fabulous food website. I am so fortunate to be able to use their wonderful recipes, vibrant with colour, heady with aroma and full of lusty Mediterranean flavour. Cauliflower Fritters Serves 4 Prepping & Cooking Time: 

Fragrant Coconut, Ginger, Mussels & Bacon – Anna & Roberta Montali

Anna & Roberta Montali'sFragrant Coconut, Ginger, Mussels & Bacon Need a 'different' recipe for a seriously delicious wine, you can bet on Anna & Roberta Montali to come up with something fabulous. Big colour, big aroma, big flavours - always. Serves 2 Easy Prepping And Cooking Time: 20 minutes 4 slices streaky bacon,

Chilled tomato and strawberry soup – Vickie de Beer

Vickie de Beer'sChilled Tomato & Strawberry Soup - picture by Charles Russell With the most delicious of strawberries and the ripest of heritage tomatoes in season, Vickie de Beer's soup makes so much sense when paired with a lovely dry white wine like the Simonsig Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Serves 4 1kg ripe