Stellenbosch Hills Winery releases the latest vintages of its Chenin Blanc 2021 and Merlot 2018, so good with Ilse van der Merwe’s Paprika Mushroom Soup…

Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2021 Stellenbosch Hills Winery is at the very heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The Winery has just released the latest vintages of its Chenin Blanc 2021 and the Merlot 2018. Chenin Blanc ripening on an old vine Chenin Blanc being the most planted wine grape in South Africa, it goes

Ilse van der Merwe’s Paprika Mushroom Soup created to accompany the new vintage releases from Stellenbosch Hills…

Ilse van der Merwe Paprika Mushroom Soup This creamy, hearty mushroom soup made in a Hungarian style is the perfect way to welcome autumn. Made with earthy paprika, fresh cream, white wine and lots of herbs, it is a versatile dish and pairs beautifully with both Stellenbosch Hills’ Chenin Blanc and Merlot. Stellenbosch Hills Chenin

Spijker, a fine Malbec worthy of your attention, and so good with Ilse van der Merwe’s Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder….

Spijker, a Malbec of the vintage 2019 I have not really given this wine the attention it deserves. First of all, Malbec. Malbec used to be one of the Top 5 Wine Grapes in Bordeaux. It was in 1956, that a severe frost virtually wiped out the Bordeaux plantings. This left Cahors as the appellation

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.

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,

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