Guest blog by Monica Murphy

Bring some warm South African sunshine into your life this Christmas by matching your festive fare with the best that country has to offer.  Premium South African wines have never been at such a pinnacle of quality, pitched in style between the sunny exuberance of the New World and the elegant structure of European classics. They also represent true value for money in spite of the Mandarins in Finance!

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Give the party a guaranteed boost from the start with the traditionally fermented Pongracz bubbles. With plenty of biscuity aromas and packed with fruit, this sparkler is the perfect aperitif, sure to put an edge on the appetite.

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Whatever path you have taken for the starters and the main event there is sure to be a worthy partner in one of the wide range of varietals from the two premium brands Nederberg or Fleur du Cap. Be it Chardonnay with lobster, Sauvignon Blanc with Oysters or Chenin Blanc with Goat’s cheese salad a white wine sets the tone for the meal.oysters, south african wine, christmas, wine pairing

Choose Pinotage with Goose, Syrah- shiraz with turkey or plump Merlot with Duck. For beef a good Cabernet can never go wrong. For vegetarians a Bordeaux style blend can add interest. aouth african wine, cheese, wine pairing, christmas

Continue with the chosen red for the cheese course although more and more we find white wines a more interesting partner for many cheeses especially hard strong mountain cheeses like Comte or our own Louth product, Glebe Brethen.

Pudding is contentious! A good option to accompany it is Amarula Cream. It can make an alternative to brandy butter and cream. For lighter fruit desserts, Pavlova, nutty dishes the Fleur du Cap Late Harvest dessert wine  makes a luxurious finish to the meal. For parties there is great value but equally great taste in the Drostdy-Hof or Two Oceans ranges. For warming the cockles of your heart after the Stephens Day foray into the open air try the big vinous Durbanville Hills Pinotage.