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Win lunch for two people to the value of R500 at Bistro Michel in Blubird Shopping Centre, Athol Oaklands. Chef-patron of this Parisienne-styled restaurant is Michel Mourand, previously of the renowned Auberge Michel. The restaurant offers a Plat du Jour featuring classic dishes such as Chicken Cordon Bleu – these are served from Tuesdays to […]

February 1, 2016
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12 ways restaurants can improve wine service

1. Include something to suit every taste AND every budget Most punters are going to order that Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend but there are those of us who’d like something more rewarding. In a similar vein, the undergraduate student out on a date is going to have different spending power to the investment banker who’s just […]

February 5, 2016
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De Wetshof’s Danie de Wet awarded 1659 Medal of Honour

Danie de Wet was awarded this year’s 1659 Medal of Honour jointly presented by Groot Constantia and Die Burger at a blessing of the harvest ceremony held on 2 February. The award is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the wine industry, Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick receiving it in 2015 and […]

February 4, 2016
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The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
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Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2015

I’ve written before about what great value the Stellenrust Chenin Blanc offers and the 2015 is no exception. Vineyards vary in age but none are younger than 30 years and some up to 42 years. Fermentation occurs spontaneously, 88% in tank and 12% in old oak, and maturation lasts five months. It’s immensely fun to […]

February 4, 2016
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South African chef awarded a Michelin star

The 2016 edition of the Guide Michelin – France was launched earlier this week with Restaurant JAN, situated in Nice and headed up by South African Jan Hendrick van der Westhuizen, picking up its first star. To put the achievement into perspective, the guide features a total of 600 Michelin-star restaurants, 26 rated three stars, […]

February 3, 2016
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Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011

So just how good are the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2014s as shown at the area’s recent Pinot Noir Celebration? Top of the pile for me were Domaine des Dieux Josephine, Newton Johnson Family Vineyards and Storm Moya’s which I rated 92/100 followed by the Storm Vrede on 91/100 (see an overview of proceedings here). This […]

February 3, 2016
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Franki’s Vineyards Grenache 2012

Franki’s Vineyards is a 700ha property situated between Malmesbury and Darling. In addition to plantings of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier amounting to some 22ha, you’ll also find South Africa’s first solar photovoltaic farm. Entrepreneur Anthony Corin leads the company behind the alternative energy initiative and it’s his partner Erica Joubert who makes the wine. The […]

February 2, 2016
by Christian
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Tokara White 2005

The back label of Tokara White 2005, a wooded Sauvignon Blanc, suggested that the wine would cellar well for a further five years from release. It’s now 10 years on from when the wine hit the market and it’s looking fine. Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, the winemaking involved fermentation and maturation for six months in […]

February 2, 2016
by Christian
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