At times some of the readers ask me to recommend wines for aspiring wine drinkers…..

I got to try out the newly released vintage Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and really enjoyed it.  It is easy to drink, delightfully crisp and refreshing.  The aromas are a combination of ripe strawberries, red cherries and Turkish delight.  These combine beautifully with wintery dishes such as baked ham with a berry glaze, chunky fish soups and stews, dim sum and hot Thai noodle dishes with soy sauce and ginger.  In summer, pair the wine with antipasti, mildly dressed salads, crayfish, prawns and salmon, or simply enjoy this delicious wine on its own on a warm summer’s evening.  However, the ultimate pairing for this wine is paella, especially when adding a good helping of saffron – a dish that one can prepare any time of the year no matter the weather or occasion.

I paired the dish with a chicken stew and it went down very well.  Hope you get to try it.  Let me know what you think!


The 2014 Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé retails for about R42 a bottle.

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