Skinny Wines to Keep You Snatched this Summer


All I want this festive season is to eat, drink and be merry without worrying about piling on the kilos.  It looks like I will be getting my wish with the Four Cousins Skinny Wines….


Full-flavour wines with lower kilojoules, Skinny is a delicious low alcohol alternative made by the South African favourite fun-loving Four Cousins brand.   Just like your order of a skinny café latte, gone are the days of feeling guilty about the joy in your drink.  If you’re all get-up-and-go; always on the move; and, known to your friends as Joe-and-Jane Active – then Skinny is the wine for you.


Gone are the days of wondering whether you’re over the limit – Skinny wines have an alcohol content of only 9,5%. Gone too are the days of boring. Skinny’s colourful label makes it easy to pick out at your nearest wine shop; and, an enviable poolside accessory this summer too.


Low alcohol, low kilojoules, great taste: what’s not to like? But don’t just take our word for it: Skinny is endorsed by Weigh-Less.


There’s a Skinny for whatever your mood or food.


Four Cousins Skinny White is made entirely from Semillon grapes, harvested in the early morning to lock in its lip-smacking crispness. Once poured, the wine reveals aromas of kiwi and jasmine with hints of spice and pear-drop.


Four Cousins Skinny Rosé is a delicious semi-sweet wine made from Muscadel grapes. In the course of that first sample, muscat aromas unfold to ripe cranberry on the lingering palate.

Both the Skinny White and Skinny Rosé are particularly great when served chilled with lightly spiced dishes, seafood like sushi or fresh fish, summer salads, white meat like duck and chicken as well as vegetarian dishes.

For lovers of red wine, there’s Four Cousins Skinny Red. The easy-drinking Merlot is packed with characteristics that make the variety so popular – soft and velvety; exuding aromas and flavours of plums and red berries. It’s delicious whenever, but especially with venison, smoked meats, flavourful cheeses and duck.


Find Skinny everywhere, including the new @ Four Cousins Visitor Centre in Robertson.  The stylish complex on a shady riverbank is a landmark of the town and includes an expansive tasting room, restaurant and beer brewery.

These superb summer wines are available directly from the centre at R37 per bottle, or select retail outlets nationwide.  Try them and let us know what you think.

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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