Wine & Dine

Winter specials in the winelands

With the weather being pretty miserable of late (and SUPER cold), it’s not surprising that I’m eating everything and anything in a bid to keep warm and I’ve been searching for some yummy foodie specials.
Here’s my pick of some warming winter specials from the amazing Cape winelands that are guaranteed to perk up your insides.


| Indulge your senses with Lust Bistro & Bakery’s hearty winter menu that is bursting with country flavour. Keep your winter blues at bay with their delicious selection, from their heavenly char siu pork belly to the delectable spiced duck breast.

The Lust Bistro & Bakery’s hearty winter menu is bursting with country flavour and is such a lovely spot to enjoy yummy food in. For a winter feast, priced at only R185, enjoy the tantalizing monthly Sunday buffet available on the first Sunday of every month from 12pm to 3pm, with a variety of exquisite dishes from the kitchen and wood-fired oven.

For more information and to make a reservation contact 021 874 1456 or visit


If a slow-cooked Sunday lunch makes you happy as a pig in mud, then join the next Pop Up Lunch of the Bottelary Hills Wine Route when celebrity chef Bertus Basson will pay homage to pork and all its palatable pleasures on 14 August.

It will be all things smoked, seared and sizzling when Bertus, a braai maestro of note, will get ‘piggy with it’ and haul out his custom-built, wood-fuelled spit braais for a pork-inspired three course lunch.

The pork-inspired Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch at Groenland Estate and costs R350 per person, which includes the wine tasting, the three course meal, and a glass of wine per course. Pre-bookings are essential as seating is limited. Book your seats on or Tel: (021) 886 8275 or


We all know how good chocolate is for you so you owe it to yourself to indulge in a guided pairing of artisanal hand-crafted chocolate and award-winning wine.

Boschendal is fast establishing itself as a cherished foodie destination and source of wholesome produce – I love visiting the winery because there is so much to do and see and now that they’ve added chocolate to the mix, I might just live there.

Book this gourmet experience with award-winning wine and finest chocolate at R75.00 per person. Tours take place from 10h00 – 16h30 daily, booking is essential.


If you want more than just a chocolate and wine pairing, try Spier’s gourmet food pairings which feature their Creative Block 2, 3 and 5 as well as Spier’s Late Bottled Vintage 2007. Here’s what they offer:

Creative Block 2 (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon)
Paired with goat cheese and cauliflower with roasted almonds
Semillon spotlights this dish’s creamy texture, placing the almonds on centre stage. Not to be outdone, the crisp Sauvignon Blanc cleanses the palate with a lingering nutty curtain call.
Creative Block 3 (Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier)
Paired with venison and apricot curry
This blend has both fruitiness and finesse in equal measure. With Shiraz leading the charge, it’s more than able to hold its own against the curry’s spice and coriander. Mourvèdre steps in to elevate the meaty venison, while the Viognier’s perfume echoes the apricot’s sweetness.
Creative Block 5 (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot)
Paired with gorgonzola and roasted sesame seeds
This Bordeaux-style blend offers multi-layered flavours, with each grape bringing their unique characteristics to the wine. Tobacco and toasty aromas turbo-charge the roasted sesame seeds, while the wine’s smoothly structured tannins seduce the gorgonzola’s tart creaminess.
Spier’s Late Bottled Vintage 2007
Paired with chocolate meringue cake
High alcohol levels slice through the cake’s richness, while the wine’s black fruit aromas mirror its dark sweetness.

It costs R135 for two people sharing and you will need to book (+27.218091143/7)

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