How to Have a South African Braai

South African braai is very similar to American barbecue or grilling, but with its own special touches. It typically includes a variety of meats prepared over an open wood fire—never propane. Chops, steaks, loins, poultry, boerewors (sausages) and sosaties (skewers of cooked meat) are staples, while fish and vegetables will often make an appearance as well. Of course, lots of great wine to wash it all down is essential.


Given the wide assortment of proteins that star at a braai, as well as the optional array of sides, wine-pairing options are near infinite. To channel the proper South African vibe, offer an assortment of lekker wines across a variety of styles. Start with chilled Methode Cap Classique sparklers and crisp Chenin Blanc for afternoon refreshment, followed by bold reds like…

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