Stock up on wine for the long weekend ahead.

We’re thoroughly enjoying the new Grande Provence Zinfandel 2015  from Grande Provence. A mouthful of ripe strawberries with whiffs of mulled spice, what’s not to like. It’s an opulent red, with a hot-blooded temperament, comparable to those from the vineyards of southern Italy. Known as Primitivo in the ‘heel’ of Italy but made fashionable as Zinfandel in California, this black skinned grape variety thrives in warmer climates. Barrel matured for one year in French and American oak, this is a big wine, and is perfect for drinking with hearty casseroles and game dishes. It also goes down beautifully with liquor filled dark chocolate truffles. Buy online from www.grandeprovence.co.za at a cellar door price of R150 (buy a dozen bottles for free delivery anywhere in SA).

Lanzerac Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, recently added two new wines to its Premium range … a Chenin Blanc and a Syrah. The Lanzerac Chenin Blanc 2016 is all apricot and peach, with a touch of ripe pineapple and is perfect to enjoy on a cool start-of-winter evening. Try it with chicken liver parfait served with apple chutney, or a lovely ripe Brie. R85. If you enjoy a lighter style red, the Lanzerac Syrah 2015 is really worth a try. The first Syrah from this estate in more than ten years, it’s all  white pepper, coriander and fynbos aromas, with  a complex palate of ripe red and black berries with a savoury undertone. It’s perfect with a platter of cured meats, paprika-roasted leg of lamb, grilled ribeye steak and lamb shanks prepared in a Syrah jus. Around R140.