South Africa

Escape to Arniston Bay

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the tranquil and relaxing Arniston is the perfect destination.

Arniston is a small fishing village that hugs a hillside on the southern tip of Africa. Humble, thatched cottages dot the shoreline, and rare shells like the Nautilus lie in the surf.

Arniston inherited its name from the transport ship H.M.S. Arniston which ran aground here in 1815. Only six of the 378 people on board survived. Many of the homes here boast a beam or two from the Arniston.

Arniston is the only town in South Africa with two official names. The village is also called Waenhuiskrans, named after a cave in the area which was big enough to house several ox-wagons in, and which could be explored at low tide.

Arniston Bay wines embody this relaxing and tranquil region of our lovely coastline.

Source: places

Market Day Wine Sale

It’s that time again, the time for delicious wine at a mere fraction of the price.

The company of winepeopleTM’s famous Market Day Sale is happening at Welmoed Wine Estate from the 29th of August to the 4th  of September 2012.

Remember it is first come first serve, so be that early bird and catch the wine-worm!

Directions to Welmoed Wine Estate.

Here is the list of wines to look forward to. Purchases are only by the case.

Market Day Wine Sale

It’s almost that time again, the time for delicious wine at a mere fraction of the price.

The company of winepeopleTM’s famous Market Day Sale is happening at Welmoed Wine Estate from the 28th of May to the 3rd  of June 2012.

Remember it is first come first serve, so be that early bird and catch the wine-worm!

Directions to Welmoed Wine Estate.

Here is the list of wines to look forward to. Purchases are only by the case.

Market Day Wine Sale

It’s almost that time again, the time for delicious wine at a mere fraction of the price.

The company of winepeopleTM ‘s famous Market Day Sale is happening at Welmoed Wine Estate from the 27th of February to the 4th of March.

 

Remember it is first come first serve, so be that early bird and catch the wine-worm!

 

Directions to Welmoed Wine Estate.

 

Here is the list of wines to look forward to. Purchases are only by the case.

Drink responsibly – Useful tips from ARA

December is commonly associated with summer, holidays and an abundance of festivities all leading to an increase in opportunities to socialise. It’s also often the time that people tend to throw caution to the wind and indulge themselves.

From cocktails overlooking the beach to a couple of beers at the braai, alcohol consumption during the December season generally increases. While everyone deserves the opportunity to occasionally let their hair down, that doesn’t mean having to endure the often negative consequences.of overindulging.

So when partaking in the celebrations take note of the following useful tips from the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA).

Tips when drinking with friends and family:

• Pace your drinking consumption, it’s not a competition • Avoid drinking with partners who are prone to aggressive behavior • Always eat before drinking alcohol and try to eat while drinking – choose foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates, i.e. burger and chips • Don’t swim when you’ve had alcohol • Drinking on the beach is against the law and can be very dangerous, as can drinking at the river or the dam for those who live inland

Take note of the following tips when drinking in a bar or restaurant:

• Avoid lifts from strangers, especially when intoxicated • Make sure you know who pours your drink • Don’t accept drinks from strangers • Club together with your friends to hire a car or mini-bus with a driver – rather than pay bail money for a night of fun • Always keep the number of a taxi company on your cellphone and ensure that you have enough money set aside in your wallet for this, should you know you are not in a position to drive home. • Make sure that someone always knows where you are

Arnsiton Bay Wines support all the efforts and campaigns from ARA (Association for Responsible Alcohol Use). Ensure this December is filled with only wonderful memories and no regrets.

 

 

Source: wine.co.za

Share the South African Sunshine

South African wine website, wine.co.za has launched a great initiative. The campaign is calling on every South African living abroad to share a drop of sunshine with a local on 16 December.

We would love every South African out there to open up a bottle of South African wine, and show your mates just how good our wine is – taste some sunshine, sunshine!

We have chosen the 16th December as it is a very special day for us South Africans, and it is right in the middle of the northern hemispheres winter… just when they need a little bit of sunshine in their lives – so spread a little bit of our sunshine, sunshine!

Get a great bottle of South African wine and sit down quietly and taste it with your mates. Let them taste some of our sunshine. And of course, you don’t have to stop there…you could even open up a second bottle and then not so quietly share some of our sunshine.

And for those ex-pats out there in the land of OZ, or down the south of America, they might not need the sunshine, but you have to agree… they do need to taste some good wine for a change, so get them to taste what makes us shine.

Then, please take some pictures and videos, and show us all what you did by posting them on the social networks (#tastewinesunshine) and at wine.co.za

And please tell us at wine.co.za so that we can organise this again next year.

So sunshine, what great South African wine are you going to taste this year !

South Africans in the UK can share some of the amazing and extremely popular Arniston Bay Wines which has become a dominate wine brand in the UK market.

Tori Amos loves SA red wine

American singer Tori Amos is a fervent women’s rights activist known for ruffling feathers with her candid lyrics and views.

South African concert organisers have described her as “unpretentious” and having almost no backstage requirements – apart from wanting to sample local red wine.

The 48-year-old red-haired diva – who in 1996 sparked a media storm with an album cover featuring her breast-feeding a piglet – has requested water and “good red wine” during her time in Johannesburg and Cape Town this week.

Amos, whose hit singles include Cornflake Girl and Crucify, said before she arrived in the country that she was eager to stock up on South African wine for her cellar at home in Cornwall, England.

Read more…

Arniston Bay Launches ‘The Coast’ Wines At Sizzling Summer Prices

Just in time for summer, Arniston Bay has launched ‘The Coast’ range of wines for the first time in South Africa. Already popular in the UK market for their exceptional value, the range is available in White, Red and Rosé, at the amazing price of just R19,99 a bottle.

 

From every day occasions to picnics or poolside celebrations, it’s the perfect time to go out and get yourself a bottle of Arniston Bay’s The Coast wines. If you’re a white wine fan you can look forward to a crisp, uncomplicated blend filled with tropical fruit flavours, while lovers of rosé will enjoy easy-drinking strawberry flavours, and last but not least, red wine devotees will savour this mellow red that’s simply bursting with ripe berry fruit.

 

Winemaker Abraham de Villiers explains, “Arniston Bay wines are enormously popular around the globe and deliver exceptional value. But you don’t have to take my word for it – three of our wines will also feature in the 2012 Best Value Guide.”

 

He continues, “I believe that wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for price either. That’s why quality is so important to my entire winemaking team, and this year alone Arniston Bay wines were recognised with a dozen medals from the likes of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the International Wine & Spirit Competition and the Veritas Awards.”

 

Available exclusively at Pick-n-Pay shops throughout the Western Cape for just R19,99 a bottle, Arniston Bay ‘The Coast’ wines offer refreshing Summer Fun in a glass at a sizzling price that just can’t be beat. Look out for our Arniston Bay Facebook promotion where you could win fun summertime prizes or even the Grand Prize – a relaxing boat cruise! Plus, if you like Arniston Bay The Shore wines, look out for our other popular wines – like the Arniston Bay Chenin Chardonnay, or the Arniston Bay Sauvignon Blanc – also available at Pick-n-Pay.

 

Arniston Bay confirms its value wine status

Accessible and easy drinking , Arniston Bay wines have become the favourite among contemporary wine lovers. Arniston Bay provides a range of lifestyle wines for every occasion, whether socializing with friends or just enjoying a laid-back afternoon on your own.

These wines confirmed this status of ‘accessible and easy drinking’  by having three wines in the South African Best Value Wine Guide 2012.

These three wines will feature in this guide:

Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2011

Arniston Bay The Shore  Non-Vintage

Arniston Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

For more info on this guide visit winemag.co.za

Arniston Bay Wines Get Serious at the 2011 Veritas Awards

Arniston Bay, the easy-drinking lifestyle wine inspired by the relaxed spirit synonymous with the fishing village of Arniston, showed its serious side this weekend after being awarded a bronze medal at the 21st annual Veritas Awards ceremony.

The Veritas Awards is South Africa’s biggest wine competition, and is widely regarded as its most highly esteemed indicator of quality, market-ready wines.

The Veritas Bronze medal was awarded to the Arniston Bay Bushvine Selection Pinotage 2009. Sourced from a Western Cape vineyard block of 20-year old bush vines, the grapes were selected for optimal quality to produce this full-bodied wine.

“Just like Arniston Bay wine, my winemaking style is relaxed – but I always try to over deliver on quality. My goal is to create as many award-winning wines as I can at reasonable prices and for me, the Bushvine Selection Pinotage does just that so it’s fantastic to see it being recognised.” says the beaming winemaker, Abraham de Villiers.

With its deep purple colour and sensual flavours – from smoky layers of ripe black fruit and hint of truffle – the wine was matured for 18-months in French oak barrels and makes an ideal partner for rich, red meat dishes or spicy curries.

The Arniston Bay Bushvine Selection Pinotage 2009 is priced from just R39 per bottle when purchased directly at cellar door, and is also available online at www.wine.co.za, or at selected wine outlets nationwide.

Arniston Bay’s Bushvine in the medals

The Veritas Awards are deemed to be the Oscars of South African Wine competitions and Arniston Bay was in the medals this year.

One of our best wines,  the Arniston Bay Bushvine Selection Pinotage 2009 was awarded a bronze medal at the this year’s Veritas awards

For more information you can visit www.veritas.co.za

Cash in on Unbelievable Value at the Arniston Bay Spring Sale, 1-4 September!

It’s official – it’s time to Spring Clean those cupboards and stock them with sunshine. Spring Day is just around the corner! To celebrate, we’re throwing caution to the wind with our annual wine sale, offering unbelievable value to locals on Arniston Bay wines, which enjoy a near-cult following in the UK.

Dates: Thursday 1-4 September 2011

Venue: Welmoed Cellar door.

Directions to Welmoed

The following wines will be on sale:

Click here for more info about the wines and the sale

Market Day Wine Sale

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We’re having another Market Day wine sale at our Welmoed cellar door in Stellenbosch.

Dates: 2 June -5 June 2011

Venue: Welmoed Cellar door. Directions to Welmoed

The following wines will be on sale:

If you’d like more details regarding the sale, please contact the Zoliswa at our cellar door on 021 881 8062

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Escape to Arniston Bay

  

At Arniston mother nature has ensured that you can ‘get away from it all’. Whether you enjoy sun tanning on unspoilt white beaches, watching whales breaching in the bay or more active pursuits such as hiking or exploring the countryside, Arniston has something to offer everyone.

Arniston Bay Wines are inspired by the sunny skies and pristine beaches of this quaint fishing village. This unpretentious wine is ideal for those carefree, alfresco dining or easy drinking wine occasions – anywhere, anytime.

The range has a multitude of offerings ranging from easy-drinking entry level wines to more sophisticated wines for discerning palates.

Accessible and unconventional, Arniston Bay wines have become the favourite among contemporary wine lovers. Arniston Bay provides a range of lifestyle wines for every occasion, whether socializing with friends or just enjoying a laid-back afternoon on your own.

Arniston: One of the world’s best-kept hideaway secrets

Time magazine listed the remote fishing village of Arniston  as one of the world’s best-kept hideaway secrets.

Arniston’s whitewashed cottages with thatched roofs have attracted generations of artists and photographers who liked the idea of isolation, but also being less than a two-hour drive from Cape Town, one of South Africa’s most charming cities.

The village of Arniston gets its name from a British ship that sank in 1815. Of the 378 passengers, only six survived. Remains of the ship were located in January 1982. In terms of visual splendour, Arniston Bay wines have one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Situated at the southernmost tip of South Africa, Arniston is a strip of breathtaking, unspoilt coastline where clear blue sea meets hot white sand under unbroken sunshine. The picturesque location is the inspiration behind the Arniston Bay range of wines which encapsulate the simple, unpretentious, carefree relaxed spirit of the bay itself.

The Arniston Bay wine range

Join us for a glass of wine

Join us for a glass of wine at the DF Malan Food and Wine festival in Bellville.

Click here for more info.

Escape to Arniston Bay

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life,  the tranquil and relaxing Arniston is the perfect destination.

Arniston is a small fishing village that hugs a hillside on the southern tip of Africa. Humble, thatched cottages dot the shoreline, and rare shells like the Nautilus lie in the surf.

Arniston inherited its name from the transport ship H.M.S. Arniston which ran aground here in 1815. Only six of the 378 people on board survived. Many of the homes here boast a beam or two from the Arniston.

Arniston is the only town in South Africa with two official names. The village is also called Waenhuiskrans, named after a cave in the area which was big enough to house several ox-wagons in, and which could be explored at low tide.

Arniston Bay wines is inspired by this relaxing and tranquil region of our lovely coastline.

Source: places.co.za

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.

Cheers!

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.

Cheers!

First grapes of the new harvest arrive

It’s getting exciting now as the first grapes of the new harvest arrive. We at Arniston Bay are looking forward to another year of great wines.

Here is a clip showing the arrival of some of the first grapes of the season.

Spring in the Cape Vineyards

Great clip: Spring in the Cape Vineyards

Great alternative to drinking and driving

goodfellasGood Fellas is a hassle free alternative to drinking and driving and it is the preferred choice of thousands of responsible South Africans.

They started in 2004 in Port Elizabeth and have expanded to all the mayor South African cities. With the festive season in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities to use a service like this. This service is available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

For more info visit www.gfellas.co.za or Contact the National Call Centre on (0) 861 433 552 .

We support this initiative and urge consumers to make use of this service.

Arniston Bay’s new positioning builds on brand growth

Best-selling South African wine, Arniston Bay, is unveiling a new look as part of the development strategy to change the overall positioning of the brand, and the revised packaging will complement the optimised wine styles and further improve the consumer offering. The enhanced wines are a collection of approachable, fruit-driven styles with good varietal character, length and elegance.

In order to build on the brand’s growing momentum and sales success experienced in international markets, the intention of the new packaging is to recruit new consumers, ensure consumer loyalty and further increase brand awareness for sustainable growth.

Intensive research and profiling was conducted in the past few months, and the new packaging incorporates these consumer insights to ensure that the brand is more eye-catching, has improved stand-out on shelf, and has strong visual imagery to enhance appeal to target consumers. Quantitative research, which was conducted internationally with our core consumers, showed a significant increase in consumer purchase intent with the new packaging.

The laid-back, carefree personality of the brand is reflected with a new icon – a uniform device that will be used across all tiers – featuring a petrel flying freely over the coastline, accompanied by the words “where time dances idly in the waves”.

The new design includes a revised consumer-friendly back label with enhanced varietal and brand recognition – based on consumer feedback that the wine shelves in-store are too intimidating – and improved alcohol responsibility messages.

The new packaging will be seen across all brand communication such as advertising and point-of-sale material. Executive director of sales and marketing, Chris O’Shea, said: “We are confident that the revised positioning, along with the new packaging and enhanced wine styles, will further build on the solid consumer-based brand proposition and be successful in recruiting new Arniston Bay drinkers.”

 

Arniston Bay optimises wine styles for improved quality

Best-selling South African wine, Arniston Bay, has optimised its wine styles and revised the packaging to complement the new look, as part of the development strategy to change the overall positioning of the brand

Arniston Bay winemaker, Abraham de Villiers, in conjunction with two international Masters of Wine, changed the wines so that they are better suited for the target consumers’ palate. The enhanced consumer offering comprises a collection of approachable, fruit-driven wines with good varietal character, length and elegance that over deliver at the price point.

The white wines are fresh, and the fruit characters have been enhanced for optimum flavour profiles. Small percentages of expressive cultivars such as Muscat have been added to popular blends such as the Chenin Blanc Chardonnay for an even better taste. The red wines have a dominant fruit character with an expressive nose and soft, juicy tannins on the palate as a result of experimenting with different fining agents. The optimised wines also faired exceptionally well in a blind tasting against a competitive set.

Abraham de Villiers

Intensive research and profiling was conducted in the past few months with core consumers, and the new packaging and wines incorporates these consumer insights to ensure that the brand is more eye-catching, more distinct on the shelf and improves brand awareness. The research indicated a significant increase on claimed consumer purchase intent based on the brand’s revised positioning.

In order to build on the brand’s growing momentum and sales success experienced in international markets, the intention of the new strategic positioning, coupled with the optimised wine styles, is to recruit more consumers, ensure consumer loyalty and further increase brand awareness for sustainable growth.

The laid-back, carefree personality of the brand is reflected with a brand new icon – a uniform device that will be used across all tiers – featuring a petrel flying freely over the coastline, accompanied by the words “where time dances idly in the waves”.

From: wine.co.za

South African wines increase UK on-premise listings

South African wines continued its growth in the UK market as new research suggests that more SA wines are listed on UK wine lists.

According to new research by Wine Business Solutions, South African wines increased their share of listing on UK wine lists by around 16% during the last year. South Africa now holds a 5.1% share of total listings. It did this at the same time as increasing the average price per bottle listed by 6% to £22.49 per bottle. Chenin Blanc was a major driver. The number of listings of SA Chenin were up 16% on a year ago. Chenin, with 5% of all white wine listings, is the fourth most listed white varietal in the UK after Chardonnay (25%), Sauvignon Blanc (22%) and Pinot Grigo (10%).

The Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay is one of the flagship South African white wines in the UK market. The fusions between classic Chardonnay and the uniquely South African Chenin Blanc  makes this an amazing and interesting blend. 

This wine received the Silver Best in Class award at the 41st International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Source: wine.co.za

Revelations about ‘reserve’ wines

It is not unusual to find wine labels indicating  exceptional quality by adding the word ‘reserve’ to the brand. But what does reserve wine mean? And are there any legalities around using this term?

In some countries,  the term has no legal meaning whatsoever.  This is not the case, however, in some other countries, notably Italy, Spain, Portugal and France.

In France the term “Réserve” is used specifically in the Champagne region.  These are wines held over from a given year for future blending, typically into the non-vintage cuvée. In this case, the word itself does not appear on the bottle.

In both Spain and Portugal, the term used is “Reserva.”  It indicates, in both countries, that the wine was produced from grapes from a supposedly good vintage.  In order to merit the term in Portugal, the wine must further have an alcohol level at least one-half of a percent above the regional minimum.

The winemaking methods and grapes used for the Arniston Bay Reserve Shiraz are different to the other Shiraz wines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks until dry. 70% of blend spent 12 months in French oak barrels 30% of blend spent 12 months in American oak barrels. 30% first fill barrels.

This is an extra ordinary wine with good colour concentration and a rich fruit character. This wine has nice soft bubblegum notes and velvety tannins with a good weight and length.

Source: nysaes.cornell.edu

Arniston Bay best in Class at IWSC

Best-selling South African brand, Arniston Bay, received the Silver Best in Class award at the 41st International Wine and Spirit Competition for its popular Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2010 blend, while the Arniston Bay Lighthouse Collection Rosé 2010 and Marine Collection Chardonnay 2010 were both awarded bronze medals.Winning these awards is a testament to the superb quality of the wines in the Arniston Bay portfolio.

The judges lavished praise on the Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2010, which received the highest mark in its respective category, and described the wine as follows in their tasting notes: “Bright, pale yellow wine offering aromas of freshly cut grass, ample, gentle and quite warm. Palate entry is utterly delicious, with fruity and nutty overtones, very upfront. Just off dry flavours, creamy, round and balanced, though finishing a little short but perfectly accomplished and uncomplicated style.”

The wines undergo a rigorous judging process, involving a blind tasting and detailed technical analysis, for this competition. The IWSC sets the international benchmark for quality, therefore making it one of the most prestigious honours awarded in the wine industry.

This award follows the recent changes Arniston Bay implemented to change the overall positioning of the brand, by means of revised packaging (which is already being rolled out in certain countries) and optimised wine styles, and thereby improve the consumer offering and build on the brand’s growing momentum.

Arniston Bay winemaker, Abraham de Villiers, in conjunction with two international Masters of Wine, improved the wines based on several benchmark tastings and consumer research to ensure that they are better suited for the target consumers’ palate.

The enhanced consumer offering comprises a collection of approachable, fruit-driven wines with good varietal character, length and elegance that over deliver at the price point.

Market Day wine sale

 

We’ll be having our popular Market Day sale, so be sure to stock up for the festive season.

Dates: Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 November

Directions to Welmoed

Wine will be sold by case lots only. Here’s a list of what will be on offer:

SA wine quiz

South Africa produces wine   for every palate (from the easy-drinking quaffers to premium wines) and pocket.

Arniston Bay wines have been described as over delivering in their respective price classes and are outstanding quality wines.

Test your knowledge and take this fun, interesting quiz about South African wine.

Take the SA wine QUIZ

New generation South African white blends full of promise

South African white wines are scintillating wine lovers all over the world and it seems that the white blends are the main drawing card.

Wine critic, Jamie Goode, writes that wine counties usually have an unique selling point (USP) or wine varietal which serves as the flagship cultivar for the country’s wines.  Argentinean Malbec, Australian Shiraz and New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc are great examples of this USP for countries.

South African Chenin Blanc is the closest to a unique white wine varietal but it has not yet succeed in becoming the USP wine of South Africa.  

Goode said: “There are some fantastic Chenins, but these haven’t perhaps yet achieved the critical mass of great wines to allow Chenin and South Africa to be linked together in the same way that Sauvignon Blanc is associated with New Zealand. However, the new generation of white blends seem full of promise, and it’s an area where South Africa is excelling, making some thrillingly distinctive wines” read more…

Arniston Bay has a few excellent white blends and these wines are leading the way for South African wines in some global markets. The Arnsiton Bay Chardonnay Chenin Blanc is one of the most popular South African white wines in the UK market and this uniquely blended wine is also making headways into other European markets.

Source: winesofsa.com

The Cooksister loved our cellar door experience

Legendary South African food blogger, Jeanne Horak-Druiff recently visited the restaurant at our Cellar door, the Duck Pond, and was immensely impressed with the food and wine.

Jeanne’s blogsite (cooksister.com ) has won the coveted best SA food blog award four times in the past six years and she is deemed to be one of South Africa’s favourite food bloggers.

She loved the curried lamb potjie and the 1.5 litre eco-friendly wine pouches from Arniston Bay was also a hit.

Here is what she had to say about Arniston Bay on her blog site:

“While we were chatting about the wines (the 2009 Welmoed Chardonnay that we had with our meal was a perfect lunchtime wine), our lovely waitress mentioned in passing that they had started selling some Arniston Bay wines in a new eco-friendly 1.5 litre packaging and very kindly brought one to our table to show.  I love it!  From the ergonomically-designed grip with the thumb holes, to the fact that the vacuum pack just grows flatter and flatter as it empties and ends up totally flat and takes up far less space in landfills, to the handy 1.5 litre size.  I mean, who wants to drink 3 litres or 5 litres of the same wine (which is usually the case with vac packed wines)?”

Source: cooksister.com

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:

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Source: my-easy-cooking.com

Escape to Arniston Bay

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life,  the tranquil and relaxing Arniston is the perfect destination.

Arniston is a small fishing village that hugs a hillside on the southern tip of Africa. Humble, thatched cottages dot the shoreline, and rare shells like the Nautilus lie in the surf.

Arniston inherited its name from the transport ship H.M.S. Arniston which ran aground here in 1815. Only six of the 378 people on board survived. Many of the homes here boast a beam or two from the Arniston.

Arniston is the only town in South Africa with two official names. The village is also called Waenhuiskrans, named after a cave in the area which was big enough to house several ox-wagons in, and which could be explored at low tide.

Arniston Bay wines embody this relaxing and tranquil region of our lovely coastline.

Source: places.co.za

Superb quality wines for pocket-friendly prices

A number of the company of wine people’s products were selected for WINE magazine’s annual Best Value Guide 2011, proving that there’s something for everyone’s pocket and palate in our stable. 

Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Arniston Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010, Arniston Bay Shiraz 2009, Versus Naturally Sweet Rose 2010, Versus Simply Rocking Red 2009 and Versus Simply Wicked White 2010 were awarded for over-delivering in terms of the quality price ratio. Some of these wines, such as the Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc, have previously garnered prizes in this competition, confirming the consistent quality of the company’s wines. 

The only requirement for wines entered into this competition is that the wines must cost less than R60 per 750ml, regardless of the packaging format. 

Brand and Business Development Manager (SA and SADC), Corne Oosthuizen, said: “The Company of Wine People is known to deliver wines that over deliver on quality at the respective price points. We have had numerous entries in the Best Value Guide over the past few years and 2011 is no exception

About the winning wines: 

Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Fresh, easy-drinking wine with a pale straw colour. Hint of sweetness then a cascade of gooseberries and lemongrass on nose. Well balanced palate with delicious passion fruit and other tropical aromas. Expressive varietal characters with a satisfying finish.

Arniston Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

Powerful, perfumed nose of sweet fruit with green pepper and grassiness. The palate is concentrated with a herbal, grassy character and thick-textured fruit. A powerful wine of real personality. 

Arniston Bay Shiraz 2009

With an intense purple colour, this wine reveals scents of wild strawberry, mocha, and caramel with touches of sage and rosemary. The flavours burst through with intense blueberry and strawberry jam notes, wrapped around rich French oak and finishing with touches of chocolate and sweetened cranberries.

 Versus Naturally Sweet Rose 2010

Easy-drinking wine with ripe cassis and strawberry fruit aromas, plus hints of sweet Muscat for a crisp, clean finish. 

 Versus Simply Rocking Red 2009

A sweet, ripe red fruit nose with hints of cassis, coffee and chocolate on the palate.

Versus Simply Wicked White 2010

Fresh lime and guava aromas on the nose, with a ripe tropical fruit palate, and a long, creamy finish.

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:

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Directions

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:

Source: theonlycin.wordpress.com

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. 

Market Day wine sale

 

We will be having a Market Day wine sale at our Welmoed cellar door in Stellenbosch.

Dates: Thursday 30 September to Saturday 3 October 2010

Venue: Welmoed Cellar door.

Directions to Welmoed

The following wines will be on sale:

If you have any queries regarding the Market Day sale, please contact our cellar door directly on 021 881 8062.

Braai bliss on the beach

 A recent article in Wine magazine states that there’s nothing quite as tasty and fresh as linefish braaied over hot coals.

Not only were they spot-on with this statement, but they were also spot-on with their recommend wine to accompany this dish.

“The Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay, a fresh white blend to be enjoyed with seafood, salads and antipasti encapsulates the laid-back Arniston lifestyle,” the article stated.

Here’s how they created this mouth-watering dish:

Use a hinged grid to prevent the fish from breaking or falling out.

Squeeze lemon juice over the fish while braaing it or use your choice of basting mixture, eg lemon butter or olive oil.

The fish is cooked when it’s opaque but not dry. You can test it with a small paring knife – the flesh should part with no resistance. A lean game fish like yellowtail is best cooked fast over high heat.

Place the fish flesh side down 3-4cm from the coals until it starts to brown, then turn it over and brown the skin – this way you retain the juices. If you braai it skin side down first, then turn it over to brown the flesh, all the juices will run out, and the fish will lose some its flavour and become dry.

To remove the fish from the grid easily and without breaking it, turn it so that the flesh side of the fish is facing downwards. Open the grid and then place a serving platter or chopping board upside down over the skin side. Close the grid over the platter, invert the grid and then remove the platter with the fish on it.

From: winemag.co.za

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 (simply-delicious.co.za ) 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

Ingredients

- 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

Directions

  • - 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.

 

Source: simply-delicious.co.za

Alida Ryder

SA Blog Award finalist

This blog has been nominated for SA Blog Awards in two categories, namely Best food and wine blog and the best company blog.

Thanks to everyone who nominated this blog. If you haven’t already voted, please do vote for us. It’s easy. Click on the banner on the right of the page. Scroll down.  Fill in your email (confirm) and you’re done.

Thanks!

SA Blog Awards 2010 – Please nominate this blog

If you like what I’ve done on the Arniston Bay  blog  please nominate us for the SA Blog awards.

It’s easy. Click on the banner on the right of the page.  Fill in your email (confirm) and you done.

Thank you!

Revive yourself with Arniston Bay

Arniston Bay is always been associated with the unwinding in tranquillity and we are set to continue this chill vibe at the forthcoming Women’s Show.

Shows and exhibitions can take its toll and really tire you out and that is why laid back brand , Arniston Bay  Wines,  decided to be the ‘Unwind Haven’  for visitors at this year’s Jo’burg Women’s Show.

This year’s Women’s Show promises to be an exciting event with numerous interesting talks, make up tips and exhibitions focusing on the celebration of being a women. The Show  will run from 27-29 August at the Coca Cola dome.

Come and join us for an unwinding glass of wine and stand a chance to win pampering foot hampers to revive tired tootsies.

For more info please visit: thewomensshow.co.za

Join us for a glass of wine at the Mercury Wine Week

 

This week is one of South Africa’s premier wine events as the 32nd Mercury Wine Week is hosted at Suncoast in Durban from 25-26 August.

This event is seen as one of Durban’s most popular social gatherings and organisers expect more than  5000 visitors this year.

This is always a great event and please join us for a glass wine at the Arniston Bay  stall.

Looking forward to see you there

For more info visit: themercurywineweek.co.za

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 arniston-bay.com 

* This competition is open to UK residents only.

Add some colour to life- Try this grilled sosatie

 colourful grilled kebab

Sometimes you need some colour in life. The winter can be so gloomy and colourless and that is  why I decided it’s time for a colourful sosatie. 

This is a great recipe and it serves 4 comfortably. 

Recommended wine: The Arniston Bay Shiraz will definitely complement this meal 

Grilled Lamb Sosatie Recipe 

Ingredients  

2 medium green bell peppers, cut into 2cm pieces Salt and pepper 700g boneless lamb leg, trimmed and cut into 2.5 cm cubes 1 medium onion, cut into 2cm pieces 4 slices bacon, each cut into 4 pieces 1/2 cup olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 large lemon) 2 tablespoons brandy 1 teaspoon tomato sauce 1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper Vegetable oil for brushing the kebabs 

Method In a medium saucepan place peppers in boiling water. Return water to a boil. Remove peppers from water; drain. 

Sprinkle salt and pepper on lamb cubes. On eight 25cm skewers alternately thread meat, pepper, and onion pieces. Thread bacon pieces on both ends of each skewer. Set aside. 

In a blender or food processor purée oil, onion, lemon juice, brandy, tomato sauce, garlic, mustard, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper until smooth. 

Lightly oil sosaties and place in center of cooking grate. Grill 7 to 9 minutes for rare (140°F/60°C), 10 to 13 minutes for medium (160°F/71°C), or 14 to 17 minutes for medium-well (170°F/77°C), turning once halfway through grilling time. Brush sosaties with purée occasionally during last half of grilling time. 

Note: If using wooden skewers, soak in water thirty minutes before using so ends won’t burn during grilling time. 

Source: barbecue-party.com

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:

 

Source: maclarty.blogspot.com

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

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