Win a Sunset Cruise

Imagine it – lapping waves at sunset, you with a drink in hand… You can win it! Have you entered? Check out the competition tab on our Facebook page or enter on our website or mobisite

Only for Arniston Bay lovers in the Western Cape, South Africa

Valentine’s winner #2

Congratulations to Lucinda Burricks . She is the lucky Facebook winner of our 2nd  Valentine’s competition. Enjoy the wine Lucinda!

Thanks for all the entries.

Win Arniston Bay wine prizes in our 2nd Valentine’s Competition


Win Arniston Bay wine prizes in our 2nd Valentine’s Competition.

All you have to do is become a Facebook fan and leave a comment / quote on the page.


Valentine’s competition winner #1

Congratulations to Kristen Leigh Brooks on being selected as our first Valentine’s winner. Enjoy the wine Kristen!

Thanks for all the entries. Tomorrow we will run a similar competition and hopefully you can win some Valentine’s wine.

Valentine’s competition – Celebrate the month of love and win wine prizes

February is the month of love and we are giving away Arniston Bay wine prizes for the best love quote / comment on our Facebook page.

All you have to do is become a Facebook fan and leave a comment / quote on the page.


Celebrate the month of love and win wine prizes

February is the month of love and next week we are giving away Arniston Bay wine prizes for the best quote / comment on our Facebook page.

All you have to do is become a Facebook fan and leave a comment / quote on the page.

I’ll keep you posted!

UK competition: Win a case of wine for Christmas

Savour the award-winning Arniston Bay wines this Christmas!

The winners will receive two bottles of the silver medal winner (best in class) Chenin Blanc Chardonnay, two of the Pinotage Rosé and two of the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, so there is something to go with every meal over the festive season.

To enter simply email ( and tell us what your favourite Christmas meal is by 22nd December 2010.

For more info visit

Nina Timm – Food blogger/recipe of the month

We have chosen Nina Timm as our food blogger of the month because of her irresistible Grilled chicken, fig and rocket salad.

Nina is the editor of the immensely popular food blog , my-easy-cooking. Her recipes and writing style is are fantastic, making her  a worthy winner of this prize.

Recommended wine: The fresh and versatile Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay will complement the dish and will be perfect with this salad.

Here’s her amazing Grilled chicken, fig and rocket salad recipe:


4 chicken breasts juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp dark soy fresh ice-berg lettuce fresh rocket 4 figs – quartered pine-nuts toasted a few anchovies 4 small onions – peeled and halved 3-4 small day old bread rolls chilli Oil salt/pepper


Slice the chicken breasts in thinner strips. In a plastic bag, mix the lemon juice, sugar and soy. Add all the chicken pieces and allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Heat up your griddle pan and grill the chicken pieces very quickly on both sides. while doing that, you can add the onions and grill them too.  Season with salt and pepper and keep aside.

Slice the  bread rolls in thin slices and drizzle with  chilli oil. Roast in a hot oven until golden and crispy. To assemble the salad, lay the lettuce and rocket in the bottom of a beautiful salad platter and start building your salad with the various ingredients. Finish off with the toasted pine nuts


The Only Cin- Food blogger / recipe of the month

We have picked Cindy Taylor as our food blogger of the month due to her delicious Spaghetti Carbonara recipe.

Cindy is the editor of the hugely entertaining food blog , The only Cin, and her writing and recipes deserve this prize.

Here is her easy and mouth watering Spaghetti Cabonara   recipe:


  • 1 packet  spaghetti
  • 6 baby marrows, cut into thin strips
  • 1 dash  olive oil, for frying
  • 1 packet  back bacon, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, or 3, finely chopped
  • 4 large free range eggs, beaten
  • 125 ml pecorino cheese, finely grated
  • 1 pinch salt and milled pepper



Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Add baby marrows 2 – 3 minutes before the end of cooking. Drain and set aside.

Heat a glug of oil in a large pan and fry bacon until crispy.

Remove and drain on kitchen paper.

Drain excess fat from pan and fry garlic for a minute.

Add pasta, baby marrows and bacon to pan and toss well.

Remove pan from heat. Quickly stir through the eggs, mixing until they begin to thicken, but not scramble.

Add cheese, season and serve.

** Pecorino is a hard rind cheese similar to parmesan, originally made from sheep’s milk.

Recommended wine:  The Arniston Bay Chardonnay will be the perfect pairing with this pasta dish. 

Cindy Taylor:


Congratulations to the Head over Heels winners

Congratulations to Dirmü Gouws, Boudine Lohlun, Corly de Beer.


They are the winners  of the Head over Heels competition and we hope they enjoy their prizes.

 Thanks to everyone who entered and who contributed to make this a very successful competition.

The prizes: 

  • - The first prize is a gift voucher for one pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. The gift voucher will be sufficient to cover the average cost of a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. 
  • - The second prize is a shopping spree. This comprises a gift voucher worth R4 000 for the mall closest to where the winner resides. 
  • - The third prize comprises champagne hampers (a case of Arniston Bay sparkling champagne, a cool de sac and champagne stopper) and spa treatments (worth R500 each) for the winner and three friends. 

Winner of the beach holiday to SA competition

Congratulations to Sheila Walsh from Nottinghamshire. Sheila is the winner of the UK “Win a beach holiday to SA” competition. Well done and we hope that you enjoy your holiday in our beautiful country.

Food blogger recipe of the month: Chili Risotto with Crispy Calamari

This month’s recipe / food article (blogger) of the month is Alida Ryder for her mouth watering Chili Risotto with Calamari recipe.

Alida creates the most amazing recipes and the way she presents it on her blog is so appetising and looks extremely delicious.

Alida’s blog ( ) is also nominated for a SA Blog award in the Food and Wine category and we wish her the best of luck as she definitely deserves to be a finalist.

Recommended wine:

The Arniston Bay Chardonnay will pair perfectly with this creamy, chilly spicy calamari  dish.

Here is the recipe:

Chili Risotto with Crispy Calamari

Serves 4


- 2 leeks, finely chopped

- 2 tbsn butter

- 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

- 2 cups Risotto rice

- 250ml white wine

- 1-1.5l chicken stock

- 1/2 cup cream

- 2 fresh chillies, finely chopped or use as much crushed chillies as you can handle.

- 1 cup grated parmesan/pecorino

- Salt and pepper to taste

- 500g baby squid and calamari steak cut into strips

- 15ml cajun spice mixed with 4tbsn flour

- oil for deep frying


  • - In a large pot/pan,  fry the leeks in the butter until soft. Add the garlic and fry for another minute or two.
  • - Add the rice and stir, coating the rice with the oil. Add the wine and allow to reduce
  • - Now, add the stock ladle by ladle. Stirring in between and allowing the rice to absorb the stock. The rice shouldn’t be completely dry before you add more, it should always be moist. Take care not to stir too much as you don’t want it to go stodgy.
  • - Meanwhile, coat the squid and calamari with the seasoned flour.  Try to get the squid as dry as possible before coating with the flour, otherwise it will go a bit gloopy.
  • - Heat the oil in a pot/wok and fry the squid and calamari until crisp. Set aside.
  • - Finish the risotto by adding the cream, chillies and cheese.
  • - Serve in bowls topped with a handful of the squid and calamari and some extra chillies and cheese.



Alida Ryder

Win a SA Beach holiday competition is now closed

The Arniston Bay UK competition is now closed. Thanks to all the people who entered.

We will be announcing the winner within the next few days so be sure to hold thumbs and keep checking the website.

Win a Beach Holiday to South Africa

South Africa has won over many fans for the hosting a great World Cup in the middle of our winter. Now you can stand a chance to visit this amazing country in the summer for an unforgettable beach holiday

You will also have a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and head for the tranquillity of Arniston Bay- an unspoilt coastline that’s synonymous with care-free lifestyle- simply by filling your glass with the fresh, crisp wine.

For more details visit 

* This competition is open to UK residents only.

Recipe of the month – Chickpea and cauliflower salad

Robyn MacLarty’s amazing salad recipe got the nod for recipe of the month. She is the our first SA food blogger winner with this stunning dish and post.

This recipe looks so delicious and the way she presents it on her blog ( KOEK! ) makes your mouth water.

Recommended wine: This salad will be perfectly complemented by the Arniston Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010.

Here is Robyn’s recipe:

 Chickpea and cauliflower salad with olive-anchovy dressing

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets Half a loaf of ciabatta (sourdough/bread made with olive oil), crust removed and torn into chunks Extra virgin olive oil, to taste 3 anchovy fillets 1 clove garlic 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 cup black olives, drained and finely chopped Juice and zest of 1 lemon 2 handfuls rocket

1. Lightly steam the cauliflower until just cooked (but still very firm), then plunge into icy water to prevent further cooking. 2. Arrange the bread chunks on a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast until golden. 3. In a pestle and mortar, mash the anchovy and garlic until you have a paste. Add the lemon juice, zest and a good glug olive oil, and whisk to create a dressing. Season to taste. 4. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, chickpeas, olives and dressing, and stir so everything’s nicely coated. 5. Arrange the rocket on a platter and top with the cauliflower and chickpeas. Sprinkle with the croutons, drizzle over any remaining dressing and serve.

Robyn MacLarty:



SA food bloggers promotion


 We are giving away monthly wine prizes to South African food bloggers.

The best recipe or food blog post of the month will win wine prizes from Arniston Bay Wines.

How do you enter?

-          Post the URL  link of your recipe on our Facebook page

-          Use Twitter  – send URL links to @arnistonbay  

-          All entries on South African Food Blogger Showcase’s Facebook group are automatically reviewed

I’ll keep you posted

UK embraces football fever


Britain, along with just about every other living soul, has football fever, judging by the extent of media coverage on this World Cup. Arniston Bay wines is running a competition which allows you to enjoy your own South African thrill.

This competition is run by Fabulous magazine and lucky readers will win a six bottle case of Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay, a deliciously light and fruity wine characterised by the ripe fruit flavours of pineapple and melon.

Inspired by the clear blue skies and white sand of its namesake, Arniston Bay is a range of uncomplicated, easy-drinking wines for every occasion.

For more info visit

Arniston Bay is also offering you the chance to win a grand prize of a South African beach holiday! To enter, visit and answer the questions provided. This competition is open to UK residents only.

Can women ever have too many shoes?


Even though all women are affected with MCD – Manolo Compulsive Disorder – most don’t take things to Imelda Marcos extremes. But who’s to say that, with the resources, time and shelf space, they wouldn’t?

According to a UK study, British women possess £637 million (R8 billion) worth of high heels that they have never worn. ‘A woman’s predilection towards buying shoes is only occasionally a practical one,’ explains Sue Constable, a shoe heritage officer at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which holds a collection of more than 12,000 pairs. And if you’ve ever dispatched half your pay cheque on a pair of yellow neon mules with vertiginous heels, you will know exactly what she means.

But don’t worry: ‘Buying shoes fulfils another need,’ continues Constable. ‘The need to escape, to fantasise; the Cinderella factor.’ In other words, it’s enough to feel that those heels could whisk you safely down a red carpet, even if they’re more likely to end up sitting in their box.

‘For every practical purchase there is an aspirational purchase, and that is enormously beneficial for mental health and well-being,’ says Cary Cooper, a professor of psychology and health at the University of Lancaster. So, before your partner throws up his smelly trainers in protest, let him in on the cure for your addiction – increased cupboard space.


And now that you stand the chance of winning a pair of designer shoes, you’ll have even more reason to enjoy Arniston Bay wines. Send us the reason why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines (the wine bottle must also have a starring role in your entry), and we’ll add another pair of enviable shoes to your collection.

Enter online by clicking here

The competition closes on 31 July 2010. Terms and conditions apply. 


Show us why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines

-      Please note: To be eligible to enter, a bottle of Arniston Bay wine must be visible in your entry, regardless of whether it’s a photograph, video, etc


First prize: Win a pair of designer shoes (Jimmy Choos, of course!) Second prize: Win a shopping spree Third prize: Champagne hampers and salon treatments for you and 3 friends

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