In an era where so many producers view bubbly as a “cash cow” and a must-have because they host celebratory events and “people demand it”, it is refreshing to come across a man who makes bubbly because he has a passion for it. We have far too many MCC’s on the market in South Africa that are made as an after thought with minimum time on the lees and maximum bank account returns.
Paul Gerber not only has a passion for champagne/sparkling wine, he is busy with his Masters’ Degree in a part of the whole process (gas exchange)! It was a pleasure to spend a day in his company, geeking out on wine at the Le Lude Estate in Franschhoek. We were certainly privileged to get a sneak peek before the launch of these special wines. More
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There are pros and cons to any wine closure; some are based in scientific fact, others are based on consumer perception. We decided to put together a tasting to compare the effect of the 2 closures on the ageing and thus the taste of the wine. In a nutshell: What closure has the wine tasting better after time in the bottle?
To kick proceedings off, we tasted the lovely non vintage rosé MCC from Le Lude: Second fermentation under crown cap vs under cork (secured with an agrafe). The wines were clearly different, with the wine under crown cap showing more fruit, especially strawberry. The wine under cork was richer, broader and showed clear brioche character. Fascinating stuff, when you know that both wines were identical when bottled.
Panel choice: standard crown cap 4 – 7 cork 2nd ferment.
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We have written about our regard for the Naudé White before but the Board of Directors and Ian Naudé at Adoro Wines are not resting on their laurels; they have just released the new range of wines made from old vines.
Events, Food and Wine Alchemy, Alchemy WHite, Alchemy Wines, Aphrodisiac Shack, Atlas, Bakery at Jordan, bestburger, burger, Cape Town\South AFrica, Chipotle, competition, Curedeli, De Warenmarkt, El Burro, George Jardine, Goes Well With, hamburger, Hartenberg, Hartenberg Noble Late Harvest Riesling, hipster, Klein Rivier, low carb, Montagu cheese, Oranjezicht Farm Market, Ryan Boone, Stellenbosch, Villiersdorp, Wild Peacock
The KnowItALL Burger – a classic style burger but with local knowledge
Note the hand crafted mustard and tomato sauce in the background. And of course, the Alchemy White.
It’s official! Our entry has bene selected as a finalist in the competition – come & taste it at Hartenberg Wine Estate on 24 September. More details here.
Accommodation, Events, Food and Wine, Just Wine, Restaurants 5 star, Beau Constantia, Bistro 1682, Buitenverwachting, Chef Garth Almazan, Constantia, Constantia Glen, eagle owl, Eagle's Nest, golf, golf estate, Groot Constantia, hotels, Klein Constantia, Klein Steenberg Rosé, luxury hotel, oxtail, Red Wine Romp, restaurants, room service, Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, Steenberg, Steenberg Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc, Steenberg hotel, Steenberg Semillon, Steenberg Vineyards, Tokai, Wine, winter
The Red Wine Romp held at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg was the perfect occasion to revisit one of our favourite hotels and wine farms. The concept was simple: Celebrate the great red wines of the Constantia area, paired with a veritable winter feast prepared by Chef Garth Almazan and his team and the outstanding service and warm hospitality one always experiences at Catharina’s.
Restaurants Cape Town, gastronomy, Luke Dale-Roberts, Silo Building, small plates, South Africa, tapas-style, The Pot Luck Club, The Test Kitchen, Wine, Woodstock
We first visited the Pot Luck Club a few years ago in its original incarnation adjacent to the Test Kitchen. We have on occasion visited the Pot Luck Club at the new location at the top floor of the old Silo building and have always enjoyed our meal(s).
Our recent visit was no exception; we were yet again impressed by the excellent service, delicious food and the sheer energy of the space. The menu has evolved (entirely expected from an establishment with such a reputation and capabilities) and is now divided into sections listing the primary taste (sweet, salty and so forth). More
Accommodation Accommodation, air conditioning, Bonne Esperance, Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments, guest house, kitchenette, modern, self-catering, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch central, Van Riebeeck Street, walking distance
We regularly visit Stellenbosch and more often than not wine is involved, leaving us with the dilemma of finding accommodation that is unfortunately, due to the popularity of the town, prohibitively expensive. We found Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments on exactly such an occasion: A visit to the popular De Warenmarkt.
We have a severe aversion to guest houses and prefer to self-cater and these guys tick all the boxes: The amenities are modern and everything is in working order, you have enough space and privacy and best of it all: It is affordable (rates start at R700 per person sharing). Did I mention the free wi-fi that actually works? More
Restaurants 3-course menu, BYO, Dining Room, dinner, Gozleme, Karen Dudley, liquor license, restaurants, service, set menu, Sir Lowry Road, South Africa, The Dining Room, The Kitchen, Woodstock
Being encouraged to bring your own wine to a restaurant is already a huge PLUS in our eyes, so when friends invited us to join them at The Dining Room we jumped at the opportunity.
The Dining Room is the brain child of Karen Dudley (The Kitchen in Woodstock) and was primarily a venue for private functions. The Dining Room is now open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a set 3-course meal.
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The MR de Compostella 2013 was announced as the best overall winner of the inaugural Riscura Red Hot Wine Awards. This is a 5-way Bordeaux style blend led by Cabernet Franc sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch area.
The wines were vinified seperately and tasted blind after one year in barrel. The wines that scored less than 90 points were not considered for the final blend. The percentage components of the blend were determined by the scores achieved in the blind tasting. This is the reason for the wine’s name: De Compostella meaning The Compilation of Stars.
Restaurants El Burro, Mexican, Mexican Food, Nic HaarhofF, Renee Haarhoff, Tamboerskloof
Had to go to Wikipedia to learn about Taqueria’s: “Taquería (pronounced: [takeɾ’ia]) is a Spanish word meaning taco shop or place that makes tacos. As tacos are an integral part of traditional Mexican cuisine, shops selling them have proliferated throughout Mexico and other areas with a heavy Mexican culinary and cultural influence…More typical taquerías specialize in tacos, as expected, but in some localities it can be used to refer to restaurants specializing in burritos, where tacos themselves are less of a point of emphasis. Originally, a taquería could only be a street vendor; however, today many taquerías are restaurants that occupy buildings.”