Asara Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2015, the partner to Sansibar’s Slow Roasted Springbok Shank…

Asara Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2015, such a special wine. This June it is available to partner the Slow Roast Springbok Shank with Colcannon Mash in the Sansibar Gin Bar & Bistro.

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...

Simonsig Malan Family Collection Frans Malan 2006, good with Cheryl Bennett’s Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl

Simonsig Malan Family Collection Frans Malan 2006, named for pioneer Wine Estate Owner, Frans Malan. A Cape Blend, 60% Pinotage. A fine Stellenbosch wine matched with some fine Florida food....

Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017, nice partner to Lizet Hartley’s Cream of Mushroom Soup with Parmesan Toasties

The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017 come from separate vineyards which provide the building blocks for a fine expression of a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.

Asara Luxury Hotel offers a Springbok Shank & Shiraz dish in the Sansibar Bistro…

Sansibar Gin Bar and Bistro on the Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel Exciting things happening in the Sansibar Gin Bar and Bistro on the Asara Wine Estate and luxury hotel for the month of June. The menu has on offer a delicious slow cooked Springbok Shank, which has spent 6 hours in the oven

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2015, made for Nina Timm’s Fruity leg of Lamb

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2015, a Bordeaux style blend with grapes from Firgrove and De Grendel. Made at the request of the late Sir David Graaff of Charles Hopkins, Founding Cellarmaster to creat an iconic wine for the De Grendel Estate...

Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2014, so good with Nina Timm’s Pork Cutlets with Hazelnuts & Sage

A sublime Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, the Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2014 spends 20 months in French oak Barrels. Full rich and flavoursome this meaty savoury wine needs well flavoured food as the perfect partner. Nina Timm steps in with her Pork cutlets...

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2012, heartwarming partner to Anina Meyer’s Veggie Packed Chakalaka…

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2012 is made by Luke O'Cuinnegain on the Glenelly Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Well worth a visit not only for its wines, but also The Vine Bistro and the Glenelly Glass Collection...

Bellingham Homestead Series The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2017, lovely match to Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Sticky Soy Honey & Sriracha Chicken Wings

Chenin Blanc. Its home in the Loire. South Africa has 6 times more vineyards. So it has crept in as our most planted wine grape. The Bellingham Homestead Series The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2017, a perfect expression..

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, so good with Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Pepper Sauce on steak..

Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch bought as a plum farm by Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing in 2003 boasts fine award winning wines, a superb The Vine Bistro and a large eclectic glass collection and is well worth the visit. Get it high on your bucket list - now!

Perdeberg Endura 2017, packed with flavour meets Dianne Bibby’s Tarragon Cream Chicken with Pink Peppercorns

A premium Chenin Blanc, the Perdeberg Endura is made from Swartland grapes from a single vineyard. Masterful Winemaker Albertus Louw has created a gem. Perfect food wine, goes with any white meat, fish or vegetarian main courses - loves chicken.

Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a good match with Alida Ryder’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing

Classy, bright, sparky, the Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is an any time wine. Great on its own and great with food. Not to be taken too seriously, so drink with abandon...

Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2016, drink with Diane Bibby’s Chocolate Date truffles coconut & cranberries

In Romeo and Juliet, she says, 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. While the P word is not allowed, the Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2016 weighs in better than many others. Made from the traditional Port variety of Touriga Naçional, it is as good with Blue Cheese as it is with Chocolate...

Simonsig Malan Family Selection Redhill Pinotage 2015 meets its match with Dianne Bibby’s Barley Salad with Sumac & Roast Butternut

Simonsig Malan Family Selection Redhill Pinotage 2015, the Estate's Flagship Pinotage. Matured for 15 months in French and American White oak barrels it is a fabulous glass on its own and just so perfect as a food wine.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2014, perfect partner to Ilse van der Merwe’s Ultimate chicken liver pâté – 28.02.2018

Botrytis Cinerea or the Noble Rot, turns grapes into golden raisins from which the sublime Mulderbosch Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2014, perfect with Ilse van der Merwe's exceptional Paté.

Lucullan adventures at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel…

There is a fine team of chefs at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel who produce some excellent produce and great dishes in the variety of restaurant an eating places in the Hotel. The sublime Asara Wines accompany them all...

Top of the Hill Pinotage from DeWaal Wines & South Africa’s oldest Pinotage Vineyard, Tracy Foulkes obliges with her Vegetarian Wellington – 26.02.2018

Top of the Hill Pinotage 2015 from South Africa's oldest Pinotage Vineyard, planted in 1950 by the father and uncle of the present owner Pieter de Waal. A truly fine food wine, good with many fully flavoured foods...

Boschendal Black Angus 2014, good with Nina Timm’s Beef Fillet stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and feta – 14.02.2018

Boschendal Black Angus 2014 Boschendal Black Angus 2014 is a recent release from the Boschendal Heritage Collection.  Boschendal Farm has a fine herd of pastured reared Black Angus Cattle, appropriate therefore that this fine blend should be named for them. With over 330 years since the granting of the land, this wine is one of

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2017 great match with Dianne Bibby’s Middle Eastern Avocado Toast – 12.02.2018

Sublime and delicately oaked, the Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is named for a Royal Navy Battleship which took part in The Battle of Muizenberg 1785...

Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017, first ever released in South Africa in 1977, good with Mark Dodson’s Toffee & Banana Mille Feuille – 05.02.2018

Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017 In 1977, my wife Madeleine was working in the tasting room at Simonsig. I remember so clearly at the Young Wine Show that year, Frans Malan Simonsig Founder, introduced his first Gewürztraminer, The Simonsig Gewürztraminer 1977. To great acclaim. The Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017, some 40 years later, is still a gem, 56%

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

Asara Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017, matching the Hotel’s Mise-en-place Restaurant’s Pear, Gorgonzola & Blue Cheese Salad – 31.01.2018

Asara Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a great expression of the grape and fingerprint of the vintage. Perfect as an Aperitif and with Summer Salads.

De Waal CT de Waal Pinotage 2015, partner to Ina Paarman’s Anchovy Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs – 31.01.2018

De Waal CT de Waal Pinotage 2015 The De Waal family of the historic Uiterwyk Farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are irrevocably bound to Pinotage, South Africa’s own red wine grape, created in the late 1920’s for Abraham Perold.  However, it was not until 1941 that there were sufficient grapes to make a barrel

Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2017, perfect partner to Anina Meyer’s Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl – 02.02.2018

Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2017 The Wines of Peter Falke, which are grown and made on Groenvlei Farm up the Annandale Road on the lower slopes of the Helderberg, have the benefits of growing up in a fine climate with the benefit of cooling midsummer breezes off False Bay.  These cause a slower ripening,

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

Boschendal’s Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut named a Top Ten MCC over a ten year period…

Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut Boschendal has started the 2018 awards season with a sparkle. Boschendal's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut has been named one of the Top Ten Cap Classiques by South African Wine & Cellar Classifications for the ten year period of 2008 to 2018. The competition investigates wines’ track records across

Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2017 & Tamsin Snyman’s Tuna Phyllo Samoosas with Cucumber Raita – 26.01.2018

Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2017 The de Villiers family of Landskroon, have been there for five generations, each Cellarmaster has been called Paul. When I asked the current Cellarmaster Paul who would be his ideal dinner guests, he wanted the previous Paul’s there so that they could tell him how they made wine!

Boschendal Manor House Wine Tastings, more than well worth the visit…

Boschendal Manor House, main reception room for Wine Tastings I said this before – there is always something new out at Boschendal. Or as Pliny the Elder might have put it, and apparently Aristotle before him, ex Boschendal semper aliquid novi. The Manor House has been so tastefully redecorated, with its history taken into consideration,

Janette van Lill – Assistant Winemaker at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel….

Janette van Lill, sniffing a glass of Merlot Janette van Lill is part of the Winemaking Team at Asara Wine Estate and Luxury Hotel. She works with Christiaan Nigrini, also an Assistant Winemaker, and Danielle le Roux. The team is producing some truly fine wines across a couple of ranges.  I asked her about herself.

Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 lovely match with Dianne Bibby’s Smoky Joe’s Beef Fillet with lemony salsa verde – 22.01.2018

Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 I well remember the queues of cars which parked outside the sales room at Groot Constantia in the mid 1970s lining up on Wednesdays and Saturdays to buy the scarce wines of the Estate. Groot Constantia and Cabernet Sauvignon fit together like hand in glove. Viticulturist Floricius Beukes, who has

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 , great match with Tracy Foulkes’s Honey Roasted Fig & Walnut Salad With Balsamic Chicken – 19.01.2018

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 La Bri Vineyards in Franschhoek is set amongst the most impressive mountains which go straight up into the sky in the south eastern corner of this most beautiful wine region. It is blessed with the most perfect little Cape Dutch style Manor house and a cutting-edge technology in its winery.  Irene

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old….

KWV, South Africa’s iconic wine & spirits company turns 100 years old KWV was originally founded with the single purpose to serve the interest of the South African wine industry and to promote the image of local wines abroad in turn. This mandate changed in the 1990s when KWV’s role essentially altered from that of

Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Pinot Noir Rosé MCC with Dianne Bibby’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad – 08.01.2018

The Perdeberg The Vineyard Collection Pinot Noir MCC, an any time wine. Made from a noble variety with second fermentation in the bottle.....

Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2014, perfect match with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Chorizo, Chickpeas & Kale in Spicy Tomato Sauce – 05.01.2018

Bellingham Small Barrel SMV 2014 is a masterful blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Barrel aged for 14 months, it is a perfect wine for a well cooked meal.

Peter Falke Blanc de Noir 2017, good with Dianne Bibby’s Roast Aubergines with Miso & Pomelo – 28.12.2017

During these lazy, hazy, what-day-is-it, days between Christmas and New Year when lunch time comes around all too quickly and all you are looking for is a glass of meaningful pink to refresh you and go with a delicious little cold lunch time snack, Peter Falke Blanc de Noir 2017 is just the answer.

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2017, excellent with Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing – 21.12.2017

My Advent Calendar #22 wine, is a delicious Unwooded Pinot Noir 2017, a brilliant expression of both the grape and the vintage. Perfect with Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing

Advent Calendar #13 wine – The Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2015…

Advent Calendar #13 wine, Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, made by 11th generation winemaker Matthew Krone. Exceptional expression from the Golden Triangle, Stellenbosch.

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, good with Tracy Foulkes’s Perfectly Easy Roast Chicken & Gravy – 20.11.2017

From a real cool region in terms of weather and fashion, The Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, made from grapes from Groot Phesantekraal.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017, great with Carey Boucher-Erasmus’s Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, Leeks & Fennel – 10.11.2017

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017 is a clever blend of Chenin Blanc from Paardeberg and Drakenstein Vineyards. Chenin and Chicken are a great match...

Boland Cellar One Formation Blend 2017, a magical mix of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache Blanc…..31.10.2017

Chenin Blanc, 20% of the national vineyard, shines in this blend. Collaboration between growers and the cellar produce the finest of grapes to make a fine wine like this. Alida Ryder provides her Kick Ass Roast Chicken as the perfect partner...

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017 & Dianne Bibby’s Aubergines with Miso & Pomelo – 25.10.2017

A fine Rosé, the Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017. Purpose grown grapes, creating a lovely zesty bright fruited wine. Just add Dianne Bibby's Aubergine dish - perfect match.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2017 perfect with Cheryl Bennett’s Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl – 04.10.2017

A sublime Sauvignon Blanc from a talented & innovative wine Team at Boland Cellar, the Talent and Terroir 2017. A great match to my Florida friend Cheryl Bennett's Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl.

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn’s Asparagus & Broccoli – 27.09.2017

Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn's Asparagus & Broccoli. A fine Coastal Region Sauvignon to match Virgil's Asian food style.