We drink wine all year round. But given that we’re celebrating women this month, we selected three extra special “lady” friends to drink with…
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First, a drink with Sophie
The lady you can count on
Ah, the Iona Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc – how we love you, even though you’re one helluva famous lady who doesn’t exist. Now that’s a feat! This wine is possibly one of South Africa’s most well-loved Sauvignon Blancs. Sophie’s the girl you have known all your life and can really trust. She’s reliable, consistent and vibrant courtesy of some zesty lime, pear and fresh cut apple flavours. She brings playfulness to lunch and is always light and fresh – no matter how hard the day she had.
Pairs well with: She loves a good salad, especially with some roasted baby tomatoes and rich feta, and she won’t say no seafood either.
Fun fact: Sophie te’Blanche is actually the nickname given by those who worked on the vineyards who couldn’t pronounce Sauvignon Blanc and is the inspiration behind this loved wine, produced from grapes grown by dedicated farmers in Elgin and the Cape south coast.
Price: Available at most outlets, but you’ll probably get the most bang for your buck from Markro at around R80.
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Then, a drink with Catherine Marshall
The lady you want to be
Oh, she’s a hit with any audience alright and definitely has you sit up straight when the sommelier or dinner party host invites her to the table. It’s hard saying no to a Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir on Clay Soils. She’s balanced and composed with a fruity touch of berries but seductive and silky too lingering on your palate long after she’s said goodnight. With grapes selected from two cool sites in the Elgin Valley and grown mostly in clay soils with high iron content, this wine has a blocky, textured tannin structure and earthy savoury notes.
Pairs well with: A real South African, Catherine love a good meat dish from duck to lamb to beef.
Fun fact: Catherine Marshall is the first wine in South Africa to be named after its actual female wine-maker.
Price: From around R195 (depending on the year).
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And lastly, a drink with Madame Lily Bollinger
The woman you wish you met
Now this was a woman after our own heart. Lilly Bollinger, who married into the Bollinger dynasty and went on to run it from 1941 to 1972, agreed to a rosé under one condition: it had to be extraordinary. See why we love her? And that’s how La Grande Année Rosé was born. A blend like no other, this is like a creamy fruit mousse ranging from peach to grapefruit with a sweet shortbread biscuit after taste. Simply delicious!
Pairs well with: LIFE! Everything. But if you must eat, pair these bubbles with crayfish, lobster or salmon. She’s also a fantastic match for Japanese cuisine and some of the milder Asian dishes. And, of course, what kind of bubble would she be if she didn’t pair well with a tart? Fruit tart that is!
Fun fact: When asked when to drink champagne, Lily famously replied: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Price: Definitely for special occasions retailing around R1,300 at Norman Good Fellows. Heads up – it\s not as regularly available as some bubbles snobs might like!
Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.