Some of my favourite Chardonnays

There is always a time—even  when you start going in to the red wines of winter when you want something white and refreshing, especially when you are eating fish or light creamy pasta dishes. The most grown white grape in SA is Chenin (18.2% of total vineyards)...

Brilliant French beef and red wine casserole

When Cape winter settles in one's thoughts turn to delicious red wine casseroles and of course red wine. One brand we have been drinking quite a lot of, well priced quaffers , just the thing to throw down with no conscience are those from Brandvlei Cellars in...

De Wetshof releases the 30th vintage of Finesse Chardonnay

When you think about Chardonnay in SA there are 3—OK 4—names that immediately spring to mind. These are people who are making world attention grabbing Chardonnays. One of them is definitely De Wetshof in Robertson whose bi annual Celebration of Chardonnay attracts...

Something is cooking at Franschhoek Distillery

There is something cooking in the beautiful town of Franschhoek and for a change it isn’t food from one of those fabulous restaurants. No—at the end of the Main Road behind the Monument is to be found the fruit orchards of the Lermer family on the farm La Verdure....

Survivor Pinotage scores in UK Top 100 Awesome Wines

Isn’t it nice to know that in the rest of the world the business of wine goes on unimpeded? Not only that, but we will soon be able to lay our hands on quality wines including those from one of my favourite wine labels. Survivor Pinotage 2017, an ABSA Top 10 Pinotage...

Now is the time to think alcohol free—with imagination

I never thought I would be writing about wine that was alcohol free but desperate times call for desperate measures and things are getting pretty desperate out there right now. Moving right along ---there are various versions available at select supermarkets ...

Irrepressible Tokara launches 2018 Chardonnay

Winemaker Stuart Botha Tokara vineyards bathed in light It does seem peculiar to be talking about wine under these extraordinary circumstances BUT this too will pass and then we will want to know what has been happening--- it will be like a dream that has passed. In...

Magnificent Merlot from Grande Provence

Thys Smit Jonkershuis at Grande Provence The launch of a single vineyard Merlot at Franschhoek's Grande Provence from the accomplished hands of winemaker Thys Smit was celebrated at Jonkershuis with a slap up lunch by chef Marvin Robyn .  The Merlot was always a key...

Unsinkable Luke Dale Roberts launches gourmet takeaways.

South Africa, Cape Town, 11 May 2020; Now open for orders via www.lukedaleroberts.com , Chef Luke Dale Roberts has launched delivery of gourmet lockdown food hampers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The LDR Gourmet Lockdown Hampers offering is already available in Cape...

Gert Lubbe – a legend passes

Legendary Gert Lubbe the owner of the iconic Montagu Country Hotel has died after a short but devastating illness. Gert was the moving force behind the formation of the famous Route 62 which runs through the town of Montagu and beyond. A man big in stature and in...

The 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winners Announced

As far as Pinotage is concerned, being one of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners is the highest accolade any local Pinotage producer hopes to achieve. The Top 10 winners not only represent the cream of the crop of South African Pinotage, but also serve as a reminder of...

ANDREA FREEBOROUGH NEW HEAD WINE MAKER AT DISTELL

By far the biggest wine company in SA, Distell, home to Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Alto, Fleur du Cap and others has announced that their new head winemaker will be Andrea Freeborough, currently at Nederburg. In her new role Andrea will be managing all aspects of...

GROOT CONSTANTIA CLEANS UP

Groot Constantia is no stranger to the international stage, with the fabulous wines of Boela Gerber always getting the recognition they deserve with his 2009 Chardonnay winning the best white in show at La Revue de Vin de France and many others. The 2016 vintage...

CHEF JASON KOSMAS HEADS UP THE POT LUCK CLUB

THERE’S a new face at the award-winning The Pot Luck Club in Cape Town! 28-year-old Head Chef Jason Kosmas took over the kitchen in February 2019 and is already making his mark in a quietly confident way.  Previously he was Head Chef at Chefs Warehouse, Bree...

Durbanville opens its doors to The Hussar Grill

Durbanville patrons have a new and much-welcomed addition to their growing culinary scene. Situated in the Village Square on Oxford Street, the 145-seater restaurant will purvey the warm ambience, perfectly grilled steaks and award-winning wine list for which The...

NOT GREG’S TABLE BUT A WORTHY DISH INDEED.

The recent launch of yet another fab wine from Steenberg, The Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc, delicious and easy to drink, trading on the classic fruit for which they are so well known, has inspired Executive Chef at Steenberg, Kerry Kilpin, to create this gorgeous...

FABULOUS GROOTE POST PINOT NOIR WITH—GUESS WHAT? 

GREG’S TABLE The other day we were going to grill some burgers, roast some sweet potatoes in butter, and make a tomato salad to help it all along. This great bottle of Groote Post Pinot kept winking at me from the rack—“drink me” it said, just like in Alice in...

CHINESE STYLE AUBERGINES—STICKY AND SPICY—YUM YUM!!

GREG'S TABLE Out on the deck this was the perfect dish as the wind was pumping—Aubergines done Chinese style. They are sliced and allowed to give off plenty of water under a coating of salt before being dried and wiped clean. Coated in corn flour, they are fried till...

RARE WINE RELICS ON EXHIBIT AT GROOT CONSTANTIA

A selection of historical wine artifacts are on exhibit at Groot Constantia until 21 June and visitors are being offered a rare chance to view these relics, which unveil the history of the wine that Napoleon drank while on exile on St Helena Island. This unique...

CHEESE SOUFFLE AND PETIT CHENIN

GREG’S TABLE Yesterday it was one of my favourites—classic cheese soufflé—and I was most chuffed that for the first time ever I had made these in advance and FROZEN them! That’s right –and they turned out perfectly as you can see. They rose beautifully and still had...