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< Sunday 14 June 2015 >

Chardonnay weekend: Day 2

Day 2 of our Chardonnay weekend in Paternoster dawned with no trace of the inclement weather predicted by the weather wizards.  Clear, crisp late mornings are ideal for Chardonnay. We started wi


A mixed bunch of trophied wines

I was fortunate to taste the trophy winners of the 2015 Trophy Wine Show last week, at a “Masterclass” smartly (of course) presented by the show’s owner and chair, Michael Fridjhon,


Recipe: Warm potato salad with zesty vinaigrette

Every now and again there’s a side dish that outshines the main. This warm potato salad is one of those sides. Excellent as an accompaniment to braaivleis or a Sunday lunch buffet, this recipe


Asara The Vineyard Collection Merlot 2012 — 12.06.2015

Asara Wine Estate and Hotel is situated in the Polkadraai Hills just west of Stellenbosch and is at the heart of its eponymous wine appellation. Proximity to False Bay gives the vineyards the maritime


Decanter World Wine Awards 2015: Results

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 have just been announced. The competition attracted 15 929 entries and the following South African wines featured: International Trophies DeMorgenzon Maestro White


Ostrich Meatballs baked in Tomato Sauce — Hein van Tonder

Hein van Tonder confided in me once that he was actually an accountant, and then the food bug bit him.  You can read his story below.  He and a photographic partner, Francois Pistorius, recently


Elsie Pells sells…..super glasses

Elsie Pells is a Cape Wine Master who grew up in Knysna and come from a family of inspirational cooks. My passion for tastes, smells and the alchemy of ingredients were laid down at my grandmotherâ