Perfect food pairings for South African wines

South Africa's cuisine is as varied and wonderful as the wines and the people of this diverse country. Notably influenced by the French, Italians and Portuguese, the flavours from the Cape fuse African classics with European techniques. Probably the most potent influence of all on Cape cooking was that of the Indonesians, who were wonderful cooks and introduced aromatically spiced dishes to the menu.

Food and wine are a way of life in the Cape and matching dishes to different styles of wine is a great way to explore the flavours of South Africa. Find some exciting food pairings here, matched to red, white, rosé and sweet wines.

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Fancy a glass of Shiraz, a decadent dessert wine or a crisp Sauvignon? Whatever your preference, there's a perfect recipe to accompany it. Select your choice of wine below to find that perfect recipe now.

Red wine

Enjoy a South African Pinotage with red meat dishes like marinated springbok with black pepper brioche or go for a ripe juicy Shiraz with a hearty bobotie.

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White wine

Try a versatile Chenin Blanc as a gorgeous accompaniment to pienang curry or a zingy Sauvignon Blanc with smoked salmon.

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Rosé wine

The perfect accompaniment to light, summer fare and slightly spicy dishes like pink prawns with green mango atjar and fresh figs filled with spicy chickpeas.

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Sweet wine

A glass of something opulent and sticky is the ultimate indulgence with dessert. Try a sweet wine with desserts including traditional milk tart or koeksisters.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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