Jenny Morris's summery Christmas starter features smoked salmon served with creamy panacotta, with dill, lemon juice and chopped chives adding freshness – not to mention a hint of wasabi to keep things interesting.
Courtesy of the Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris, the garlicky, herby Mediterranean flavours of this salad call for a dry rosé with ripe berry flavours and a bit more tannic backbone than white wine, not to mention slightly softer acidity.
Famous for her shrewd observations on life in the Cape during the First British Occupation, Lady Anne Barnard was an ardent supporter of South African wine.
"Free samples, long lunches, gourmet dinners, travels through wine country - the perks aren't bad! I've considered other careers.
I've certainly tried to find other subjects to write about. But nothing else embraces food, travel, history, culture, philosophy,
art, farming, science, technology, people and politics in the same intoxicating way. Wine writer. It's who I am. It's what I do."