Advent Calendar Day 14, Altydgedacht Blanc de Blancs 2019 on Michael Olivier Talking Wine…

Altydgedacht Blanc de Blancs MCC 2019, a gem of a wine from one of the oldest farms in the Durbanville Wine Appellation...

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé 2017, perfect with Dianne Bibby’s Cognac Apple Cake…

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé 2017, the latest and very welcome addition to the fabulous range of Methode Cap Classique Kaapse...

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar 2017, at afternoon tea with Dianne Bibby’s Greek Yoghurt Cake with Granadilla Syrup…

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar 2017, continues the Kaapse Vonkel innovation going on Simonsig with Francois & Johan Malan...

Sauvage La Bri 2012, a good match to Ina Paarman’s Anchovy Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs…

Sauvage La Bri 2012 To hear Irene de Fleuriot, Winemaker and GM of La Bri, talk about her Sauvage La Bri 2012 is an absolute treat.  The stories of taken the bottles on a tractor trailer to neighbours for disgorgement and then bringing them back, adds a kind of Agatha Christie detective novel twist to

Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs 2018, the perfect partner to Sophia Lindop’s Mango, fennel & braaied lobster salad…

One of the finest to come from this historic estate, Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs 2018

Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay nv is a great match with Dianne Bibby’s Tarragon Cream Chicken with pink peppercorns – 26.01.2018

Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay JD Pretorius, award winning winemaker at Steenberg in the Constantia Wine Appellation, produces a range of Cap Classique and sparkling wines of which the non-vintage Steenberg 1682 Brut Chardonnay is one. Made from a selection of Chardonnay grapes from three other Wine Appellations, Robertson, Bonnievale and Darling. The vines from which

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

Boschendal’s Lizelle gives a #101 on Bubbles

Lizelle Gerber, Boschendal Winemaker Lizelle Gerber, the talented and award winning White Wine and MCC maker on the beautiful Boschendal Estate gives us a bubbly #101. She tells us that there are three main types of bubbles. Champagne The difference between MCC and champagne is the fact that the term champagne is reserved for wine

De Wetshof Mèthode Cap Classique Brut 2009 & Tracy Foulkes’s Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta – 11.04.2017

The De Wet Family, Peter, Gera, Johann, Lesca & Danie The Robertson Valley is a place of summers of sunshine and cold wet winters.  In the summer cooling breezes ameliorate the heat in the vineyards allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and to pack in the flavour while they are doing it. The De Wet

Current bubbles in the fridge, Weltevrede, Paul René & Bottega,

Some bubbles in our fridge for regular drinking.  I have always been an advocate of not saving your bubbles for a special occasion and to treat the wine to the food you want to serve with it. Current Bubblies in our fridge Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut Entheos Brut MCC Philip Jonker makes a pearler of

Desiderius Pongrácz 2009, a wine to honour Pongrácz

Desiderius Pongrácz and friends I was fortunate to know Desiderius Pongrácz and his herd of little dachshunds which went everywhere with him. He helped so many young winemakers with advice on planting and all manner of winemaking techniques. The Cap Classique wines named for him are well known and achieve compliments and awards from local

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011 & Tracy Foulkes’s Crudité Platter with Sweet Potato Hummus – 28.02.2017

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011 There can’t be many wine farms on the main street of a town, and one of the longest main streets in the country too. Laborie Wine Farm is situated on the east facing slopes of the iconic Paarl mountain and reaches down the Paarl’s Main Road. Candlewood

Asara MCC Brut 2014 & Dianne Bibby’s Cape Malay Chicken Curry with Roasted Bananas – 24.02.2017

Asara MCC Brut 2014 One of the joys of going to Asara Wine Estate and Hotel is tasting the wines with the winemaking team in the cellar and watching the wines improve over weeks. Chardonnay grapes arriving at the Cellar The Asara MCC Brut 2014 is one such wine. Made in the classical Champagne style

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Seafood Salad with Nectarines – 14.02.2017

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 JD Pretorius, Steenberg Wine Estate’s Award winning wine maker, has produced a range of really exciting Méthode Cape Classique wines, and this one, the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015, is the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Made solely from Pinot Noir grapes harvested by hand off this,

Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2013 & My Valentine’s Salmon Hearts – 13.02.2017

Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2013 Klein Constantia is perfectly situated for the production of wine grapes, red and white. An east facing slope for soft morning sunlight, cooling breezes tumbling gently down the slope from the over-the-mountain cool Benguela current ameliorating the summer heat, as indeed do those from False Bay coming up the slope. 

Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs, perfect Valentine’s Day match with Justine Wall’s Buckwheat Blinis – 10.02.2017

Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs When you have been in the Cap Classique business for as long as the von Arnim Family of Haute Cabrière, they build each and every year on knowledge from previous years and the pleasure given by their wines just increases. Takuan von Arnim doing sabrage Takuan von Arnim, the Estate’s

Groot Constantia Method Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2013 & Carey Boucher’s Harvest Lunch – 17.01.2017

Groot Constantia Method Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2013 As I write today, I look out over the Constantia Vineyards which are amongst the oldest in the country.  Groot Constantia itself is one of the premier tourist sites in Cape Town, up there with Table Mountain, Cape Point and the National Gardens at Kirstenbosch. Boela Gerber in

Sauvage La Bri 2011 & Justine Wall’s Anchovies & Cucumber – 06.01.2017

Sauvage La Bri 2011 Irene Waller, GM and Winemaker for La Bri Estate in the south east corner of the Franschhoek Valley, has realised a dream, long in the making to produce a Méthode Cap Classique wine. Following the tradition Champagne method of a second fermentation in the bottle, allows the wine to be designated