Two very different wines, one a Sparkler and one a Rosé are on my Advent Calendar #8 2018...
Peter Falke Signature Muscat d’Alexandrie non-vintage, a fine wine to accompany Christine Capendale’s Amarula panna cotta with a rooibos tea & chilli reduction…
Peter Falke Signature Muscat d’Alexandrie is a non-vintage fortified single block vineyard wine, made from a grape commonly known as Hanepoot...
Two sublime whites will be found when you open Advent Calendar #2 2018...
Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2018, perfect with Tracy Foulkes’s Roasted Egyptian Dukkah Spiced Aubergines with Goats Feta, Mint & Pomegranate Seeds…
A typical Helderberg expression of the grape, Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2018 hits the spot in Summer...
The wines of Warwick Denman, Stellenbosch University trained Winemaker are absolute gems from the Simonsberg Stellenbosch Appellation...
Asara's mise-en-place, is a special place to eat in the winelands, French and Italian inspired dishes made from the freshest produce...
A respected award-winning winemaker, Neil Ellis reaps in a Gold & a Double Golo for his Stellenbsch & Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignons
Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel adds more medals to its collection with the Asara The Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2015 leading the charge....
At Simonsig Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Heritage Day is a day of celebration, a family day with excellent food & sublime wines
It's a hillock surrounded by mountains, and Rondekop makes such a difference in the wines it produces, like the Oldenburg Rondekop Stone Axe Syrah 2016
Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017, a good match with Dianne Bibby’s Summery Wild Rice Chicken Salad with Avocado
Made from South Africa's most planted wine grape, Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017 is a fine expression of Chenin.
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.
Child of Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon is celebrated today. I celebrate with Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Asara #3 – The Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Dianne Bibby provides the perfect match with her Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade…
The most eminent of red wine grapes, grown on the Asara Wine Estate, go into this carefully made wine. Dianne Bibby's Roast Lamb is a great match...
Asara #2 – Asara The Speciality Collection Carillon 2014, with Dianne Bibby’s Dianne Bibby’s Apple Galette with Walnut Frangipane & Caramel…
Noble Late Harvest is one of our most special wines, The Asara Carillon 2014 is one of them. Made solely from Chenin Blanc, it partners food perfectly.
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2016 The Delaire Graff Wine Estate sits below Botmaskop at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Named Helshoogte, some think by the Rev Pierre Simond, a Protestant priest and meester who came over from France with the first flush of the French Huguenots fleeing from France as
Asara #1 – Asara The Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2017, with Dianne Bibby’s Ricotta & Tomato Flatbread…
The sublime Asara The Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2017 is Asara#1 in my series on Asara Wines with food by Dianne Bibby...
This is a grape variety you really should try if you have not. The Oldenburg Viognier 2017 is dry. bright fruited with generous flavours.
Simonsig The Malan Family Collection Tiara 2015 meets its match with Ina Paarman’s Oxtail with Mushrooms & Baby Onions…
Simonsig The Malan Family Collection Tiara 2015, is a fine expression of what brothers Francois & Johan Malan made from a vintage described as 'one for the books'.
International Negroni Week and the 10th International Gin Day on Saturday. Gin & Negroni Coctails happily flow at Asara's Sansibar
Carrol Boyes Fine Red Blend 2014, is part of a limited edition. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%) it is a premium wine from a top South African designer.
A fine expression of Stellenbosch Shiraz is the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2016. And a great fingerprint of the vintage. Lovely midweek supper wine with Alida Ryder's Bolognese Pasta Bake
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....
Glenelly Lady May 2012 is a fine blend of main Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bordeaux style, perfect food wine. Accessible now and perfect for a couple of years of cellaring.
From what many regard as the finest vintage of latter years, the Peter Falke Signature Syrah 2015 is a wonderful expression of Stellenbosch Syrah and a fingerprint of the 2015 vintage.
Celebrating International Chardonnay Day - no better way than to celebrate with Asara The VIneyard Collection 2015, lightly wooded and a great food wine....
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...
A legend in his life time, Frans Malan and his wife Liza created something very special in Koelenhof - Simonsig Wine Estate, leaders in not only the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, but also the Cape Wine Industry. Simonsig 50 years on still shines...
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!
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.
The Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, ideal with Nina Timm’s Fried Liver with Rich Onion Gravy
The Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is part of range of wines named for the Estate's well known Glass Collection. A fine Simonsberg Cabernet by Luke O'Cuinneagain.
Peter Falke PF Pinot Noir 2016 perfect match with Nadia Graves’s Chicken with Chorizo, Potatoes, Chickpeas & Lemon
Peter Falke PF Pinot Noir 2016 is a wine which reflects its soil and the climatic conditions of the Helderberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.
Head pastry Chef at The Delaire Graff Restaurant, Mareli Erasmus, shows off her considerable skills with her Kiwi & Lime Pre-Dessert...
Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs. Chenin loves Dianne Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken – 23.01.2018
Mulderbosch, home of 3 Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, makes a range of Chenin Blancs called The Single Vineyard Block. Grapes from three different vineyards are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and during elevation in the cellar. The three blocks are harvested in the same way
Peter Falke Methode Cap Classique 2014 & Nina Timm’s ‘This Chicken tastes like KFC Mum’ – 03.01.2018
Peter Falke Méthode Cap Classique 2014, a fine expression of Helderberg Chardonnay in this Champagne style any time wine.
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Nectarine Tart with Thyme and Butter Drizzle – 28.11.2017
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2015, a superb expression of a fine Methode Cap Classique, excellent with seafood and this delicious dessert...
Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015, perfect with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Dave’s Roast Pork Belly – 22.11.2017
Luke O'Cuiineagain's fabulous Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015, is made for food. All the classical Chardonnay whiffs and flavours which are a perfect match with roast pork...
Ever innovative with their wine tastings, Stellenbosch HIlls is the place to visit as you enter Stellenbosch. Well worth the stop-over.
Asara Vineyard Collection Pinotage Rosé 2017 with Anina Meyers’ Spicy Sweet Potato & Couscous Veggie Bowl – 17.11.2017
Asara Vineyard Collection Pinotage Rosé 2017, a fresh crisp summery wine, good on its own and great with food.
Cabernet Specialists for 21 years, Etienne, Christo & Yvonne Le Riche producing utterly sublime Cabernets...
Peter Falke Wines is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The PF Blanc de Noir, is an ideal wine with my Snoek Paté.
Delaire Graff Redstone 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Duck Confit Crispy Spring Rolls, lovely casual weekend food – 20.10.2017
Morné Vrey produces another stonker, the fabulous Delaire Graff Redstone 2015. Nadia Graves rustles up some duck cigars in her Dordogne Kitchen.
Simonsig’s Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Added Sulphur MCC 2015 great with Alida’s Ryder’s Farmers Market Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella – 13.10.2017
A delicious Méthode Cap Classique Pinot Noir with winemaking without added sulphur. Perfect as a refresher and also so good with food.
Arco Laarman launches his new wines under his own name. The Cluster Series Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon step on to the platform as new born stars.
Sublime Peter Falke Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a perfect partner for a delicious midweek Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake by Alida Ryder.
Delaire Graff Chardonnay Banghoek Reserve 2016, good with Anina Meyer's Prawn & Coconut Curry.
Superb Cabernet Sauvignon led blend from DeWaal Wines, Tracy Foulkes's Melanzane Parmigiana a great match.
Marvelous Wines Blue 2015 & Hein van Tonder’s Cider Cooked Apple, Onion & Cheddar Galette – 22.07.2017
Stunning blended Cape Red by Adam Mason of Mulderbosch. Delicious with Hein van Tonder's Galette.
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel releases its Vineyard Collection Pinotage Rosé 2017, delicious with my Smoked Salmon Hearts.
Oldenburg Vineyards, situated at the top of the Banghoek Valley, produces a fine range of premium wines. This Syrah is a superb food wine.
Cab is King! And so is Dad! Celebrate a DeWaal Fathers Day with one of their great Cabernets and a special gift for Dads
Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the
Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Tracy Foulkes’s Caramelized Onion Thyme & Taleggio Cheese Tart – 25.04.2017
Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills south-west of Stellenbosch in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Stellenbosch is strong Cabernet country and the big flavours come from the slow ripening of the grapes. Summer heat is ameliorated by cooling breezes off False Bay. The marine climate carries
Ilse van der Merwe's Ultimate chicken liver pâté with brandy & cream Ilse says: "This recipe contains all the great ingredients for a fabulous grown-up pâté: chicken livers, onions, garlic, butter, fresh thyme, cream and brandy. Use a stick blender or food processor to process it to a very smooth pulp, then refrigerate until set.
Ilse van der Merwe's Classic French Coq au VIn Ilse van der Merwe, also known as The Food Fox and Die Kos Vos is a food person through and through. Teacher, writer, recipe developer and so much more. Ingredients serves 4-6, but this recipe can easily be doubled to feed a large crowd
Madame May-Eliane de Lencquesaing of Glenelly EstateCape Wine Auction Ambassador Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch played a major part in the The Cape Wine Auction with May-Eliane de Lencquesaing being one of the Auction Ambassaors. The auction raised over R7 million in its first year for winelands education and this year over R10
The Oldenburg Vineyards, Rondekop to the right I remet Adrian Vanderspuy, the owner of Oldenburg at a tasting of the Estate’s wines recently and he said “you used to drive round Stellenbosch in a sports car in the late 1960s!” I did - and the sports car was a white Triumph TR3 in
Known for its historical and impressive collection of classically-styled reds, Stellenbosch estate Alto is now offering visitors a delicious combination of its reds, teamed up with home-made pâtés. Each of the three wines in the range is combined with a pâté of the day. These are served on artisanal 100% rye bread made in the
My first visit to Quoin Rock was on a perfect weather day and being surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery the Western Cape has on offer, it was special one. The wines I tasted that day, The Nicobar, The Gary Player Red and others were a revelation – as was meeting the winemaker
Stellenbosch 1710 Stellenbosch was founded by, and named for, Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape in 1679. He was certain that excellent wine could be made in the good Stellenbosch soils with abundant water from the Eerste River. Spier, on the banks of the Eerste River was granted to a
A view of the Simonsberg *Simonsig* Madeleine and I first met Frans Malan and his kind, gentle wife Liza when she started working for them in their tasting room on Simonsig Estate in 1977. This was the year that they would walk away with a variety of medals from the Stellenbosch Young Wine
Overgaauw has been in the ownership of a single family since it was originally settled by the ancestors of Abraham van Velden in 1783. Abraham himself set up as a farmer in 1905 on a portion of this land and named it for Elizabeth Overgaauw who married the first van Velden to arrive in South
Jeremy and Mandy Walker's home and winery, Grangehurst, is on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain midway between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coastline with a spectacular view to the west of the Table Mountain Reserve all the way from Cape Point to Signal Hill. To sit there, as I have, on their balcony in
Christoph Dornier, born into a family of engineers, knew from an early age that art would be his life. And he became an artist of international repute. He was attracted to Stellenbosch and in the early 1990's he became one of the first foreign investors in post apartheid South Africa. The mystical aspects of wine,