Summer Time Steak Grills and Wine Pairing

Whether it is with family members at home or trying to impress your work colleagues, having the perfect combination of wine and a brilliant recipe for steak on the grill, is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression and memory. For most, a great stake is only available at a steakhouse, but there are actually many recipes that allow you to bring out the best of each cut at home on your grill. Choosing the perfect wine to further complement the cut you’ve selected is what turns a great steak into a memorable meal.

The Safest: Cabernet Sauvignon


Beefsteak already provides so much flavour, which isn’t only unique but somewhat powerful as well. Therefore, a full-bodied wine won’t disappoint if it’s combined with just about any cut of beef. However, since the wine offers a lot of flavours itself, you have the opportunity to add a touch to your steak as well.
If you pair the meat with a Cabernet Sauvignon, add some additional flavour to the meat, which can either be a stronger spice with herbs, an interesting marinade or you can go all out with an interesting source with some pepper. With this wine, feel free to choose a hearty piece of beef with a fair amount of fat as the higher alcohol levels of the wine compliment it.

Getting Creative: Zinfandel

Even though a zinfandel doesn’t provide the same full-bodied features of a Cabernet Sauvignon, it still comes with a heart explosion of flavours that offers a rich ting to the pallet, especially with the bold spiciness of the grapes. This wine pairs well with just about any cut, but you’d want to choose one with a bit of fat, once again allowing the wine to compliment it with richer flavours.

Therefore, you’d want to avoid the zinfandel when settling on a fillet as it doesn’t include any fat and the rich flavour of the wine might seem a little overpowering. Instead, choosing a T-bone, rump, rib-eye and even porterhouse would be a much better combination.

Zinfandel is a great wine to prepare the meat as well, especially with cuts that aren’t as high quality as the prime cuts. Marinade the meat in the wine for about 2 to 4 hours before starting the grill, allowing the flavours to soak into the meat for a truly memorable steak.

Trying the New: Malbec

Malbec is the cheaper option of the wines mentioned above but offers a brilliant pair with just about all forms of beef. It’s dark, rich and brilliant for steaks on the grill, especially since with a cut offering some fat. However, even with fillet, it has proven to be a friendly companion that allows the natural flavours of the meat to be the star of the meal.

With a Malbec, it’s best to choose a cut with great flavour, including rib-eye and fillet. These might be the most expensive cuts, but you’ll luckily get to save on the wine as it’s only now becoming a hit for steak lovers.

Most Awesome Wine and Salad Pairings!

Every new year’s resolution needs a kick-start and if yours for next year is living healthier then this could be all the motivation you need as we pair up the best salads with some of the yummiest wines. Well with the perfect pairings you might not want to wait till next year to make every day a wine and salad occasion.

Green House Salad

When pairing salads and wines the biggest challenge is the dressing, most dressing used in salads are vinegar-based, which makes it high in acid. The main rule is to remember acid with acid so in pairing wine that is low in acidity would not provide the best option and in this case, Albarino wine is a great option since it is high-acid and will match vinaigrette-style salad dressings.

Nicoise Salad

Anchovies, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, and lots of green beans are all part of this French salad best matched with a dry rose wine. The salad is made with a blend of greens while it also contains fatty tuna, therefore one of the dry rose wines to try are those produced by Languedoc.

Caesar Salad

A wine with a fuller body has the best chance of standing up to the creamy dressing of this amazing salad. What will empower the dressing is an oaky Chardonnay especially a lightly oaked Chardonnay from Australia or Washington.

Waldorf Salad

Lots of flavours blend to provide a salad to remember yet the flavour highlights include apples, grapes, a light mayonnaise dressing and walnuts that offers creamy goodness to any salad lover. The wine to pair with this wonderful salad burst of flavour is the aromatic grape Gewürztraminer with a profile of lychee, honeyed fruit and residual sugar and best to try is the Alsace.

Crunchy Noodle Salad

Key ingredients in the much preferred crunchy noodle salad are sesame, ginger and honey perfectly pairing with Riesling, these residual sugars complement all the tangy and sweet flavours in the salad. The best wine is that produced in Germany such as the Mosel.

Goat Cheese Salad

It is often said that what grows in harmony, belongs together and this is most certainly true in goat cheese salad. The crisp acidity and the zesty flavours are perfectly offered in Sauvignon Blanc and the best wines to shop for are the Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre from the Loire Valley.

Cobb Salad

Avocado, hard-boiled eggs, chicken and bacon are everything you imagine when you hear the word cobb salad and the best wines to pair this delicious salad with light roses and whites. It is the lighter wines you should try such as the Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from the Loire Valley.

The great news is that if you want to live a healthy salad life then you could also have your dessert and drink it! Sugars and acids all present in fruit-salads are masterfully paired with the taste of Moscato d’Asti which well matches the acids as well as the sugars.

2018 Wine Trends

As wine experts examine the trends in 2018 from around the world they include everything from Keg Wine to the best wine bars and, also, pays attention to the newfound appreciation for sherry, so should you long to expand your palette here are this year’s biggest wine trends.

English Wines

English Wines remains part of a growing trend, even more so with Brexit, the high quality of sparkling wines is also fully recognised in 2018. So, in this home-grown industry, the big thing is the single site still wines.

Etna

From the Mount Etna slopes comes an Italian wine that is seen by many as the fines in Europe. Consumers recognise the quality wine, even more, this year according to Rudd & Berry Bros., and it is indeed a year to enjoy high altitude, volcanic white wines as well as red from Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. A strong performance is also predicted for wines from Italy such as the fine wines enjoyed a 10% increase in sales compared to the previous year. There are also indications that traditions wines from the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions will be popular.

Keg Wine

One of the most exciting things is that 2018 is the year for the next wine dispensing trend, while previous trends included wine in a can and a bag in a box, this year it is all about Keg wine. Wine lovers prefer a wine serving mechanism that is easy to pour and taint free and the less wastage the happier the wine enthusiasts are.

Brighter, Lighter Reds

The move away full-bodied reds and over-extracted wines continue toward brighter and lighter wine styles, which includes Sangiovese and Langhe Nebbiolo from Italy, with the primary focus on red wine with fruit characters. An increase of 70% in sales comes from quality wines such as the Beaujolais Curs in France.

The Loire Red Wines

Some of the finest white wines in the world are produced by France’s Loire region, these include the Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre. The will be joined by the reds from the Loire, which have been patiently waiting for the spotlight for far too long and this year they are bound to be the tastiest favourites.

Sherry

Sherry is part of every trend it is popular every year and it will be no different in 2018, what is bound to become the sherry of choice is the Palo Cortado and the Oloroso. Both carefully aged, Almacenistas oversees the maturation of sherry over many years before it can be sold to the Bodegas. The ageing of sherry is nothing short of a artistry at work and the older and rarer sherry becomes the more their sales increase and last year already saw a 68% increase year on year.

South Africa

South Africa’s new wave of younger winemakers continues to make waves in the industry as people from around the world continues to search for quality and value in wine. The wines to look out for are from Mullineux, Eben, Sadie, Craven and that is naming only a few of the exciting wines produced by South Africa.

Chantel Dartnall Named Best Chef in the World

The yearly Best Chef Awards ceremony is held every year in Poland, and last year it was the South African chef that was named the world’s best. Chantel Dartnall is also the owner of a world-class restaurant in Tshwane called Mosaic.

Chef Darnell has also won the South African Chef of the Year contest while her restaurant is often mentioned amongst the top eateries of the world. Her training took place at several Michelin restaurants in the UK, and from her experience, she creates unique menus and dishes perfect for individuals that love fine dining. The restaurant called Mosaic has earned many international food awards, which includes the Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants award.

World-Class Cuisine in South Africa


Dartnall is one of three females’ part of the top 50 chefs in the world, the only South African in the overall Best 100 Chefs in the world and she is honoured to be recognised for her world-class cuisine. Mosaic Restaurant also has one of the most talented when it comes to its cellar, as the Cellar Master, Moses Magwaza won the 2017 Eat Out Wine Service Award.

Shared Recipes by Chantel Dartnall

Dartnall wants to share her passion for cuisine with the world and has placed several free recipes on the restaurant’s website. Here are just some of the dishes you could now enjoy at home:
• Sea Mist: Langoustine Bisque and Seared Scallops
• Pomelo Salad Served with Crab Mousse
• Apple, Cinnamon and Ginger Tea

Fine Dining a perfect Visual & Taste Combination

Mosaic opened in 2006 won its first award in 2014, since the RASA Rosetta Awards it has been named as the best by many magazines and the interior reveals Darnall’s passion for Parisian Belle Epoque restaurants.

By employing local men and women, Mosaic Restaurant is focussed on uplifting the community, training them and giving them confidence. Before being part of the Mosaic team, none of the front of house or kitchen staff had any training or work experience in the restaurant industry, and now they part of a world-class eatery.

Situated in the Orient Boutique Hotel, visitors can look forward to food as unexpected as spectacular as a Moorish-inspired palace that allows guest to escape to a time when nothing could distract from the beauty and wonder of nature.

One of the things visitors most appreciate of the restaurant apart from the outstanding service is the passion and design that goes into every dish. Several wine-tasting events take place yearly, and a monthly newsletter keeps all Mosaic food slaves up to date with the new items added to the menu.

The wine cellar is stocked with the best wines from around the world as well as some exclusive bottles from South Africa’s best wine farms. Mosaic is based in the Orient Hotel, it is a hotel, unlike any other and one that offers Arabian Nights in the warm Gauteng countryside.