Good Food & Wine Show 2017 at CTICC

The Good Food and Wine Show has been an institution on the foodie calendar for ever, but it has been a few years since I attended the show.
I was keen to see if any changes had been made and what strides the new owners have made.
I must say it was totally jam packed on Saturday afternoon - I am sure the bad weather outside (hooray!) helped this - so the numbers certainly looked good!

I applaud the theme of Food Waste, as I have always been appalled at the incredible waste at restaurants, when we have so many people starving right on our doorsteps.

The wine area is sponsored by the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, who now also have Airlink and Tsogo Sun on board as sponsors.  They had a nice-looking Wine & Food pairing station, seating a good 30 people, which was very busy as we wandered past. They had some rock star sommeliers to present food & wine pairing sessions, from Tinashe Nyamoduko from famous The Test Kitchen to Greg Mutambe from The 12 Apostles Hotel and they even shipped in The Saxon in Joburg's sommelier - Lloyd Jusa.
Franschhoek had their successful Tram on show, and as usual Raka Wines were busy busy.

We were fortunate to see our lovely South African star chef, Jan-Hendrik vd Westhuizen, doing a Chefs' Open Theatre session, and he was simply charming.  At his Michelin-starred restaurant in Nice, France, JAN, they are very aware of food waste and clear their kitchen totally after each shift - and stock up the fridge fresh every day.
Jan seemed a little homesick, giving us Saffers advice on not being too negative about life here, as life elsewhere is actually really tough and we need to celebrate what we have and value it.
He also revealed that in fact he will be returning to South Africa at some point! Not sure when, but he will be back...  at the right time at the right venue. My bet is somewhere up the west coast!

I really think that Cape Town could do with an authentic South African restaurant, so come home soon, Jan!

03 June 2017
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017 awards lunch at Belmond Mount Nelson
The first half of the award season is upon us!  The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is now 16 years old and some of the top Trophy Winners are relatively young wineries - Tokara, DeMorgenzon and Leeuwenkuil.
Tokara took the Best Overall Producer at the show and DeMorgenzon, after entering only 2 wines - their Reserve Chenin and Reserve Chardonnay - walked off with tons of awards, including the International Judges' award!
Mark Norrish from Ultra Liquors with his incredible knack for finding super wines at great prices, was awarded the Best Value Gold Medallist & the Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show - for his Bordeaux Blend Red - A Secret Cellar wine, selling at R35!

The awards lunch was simply sublime and the service at the Mount Nelson was really sharp and attentive.
Well done to all the winners!

30 May 2017
Chenin Magic under the moonlight
The Chenin Association is really raising the bar and on Tues 11 April, almost every member of the association showcased their stunning Chenins at the Magic Chenin & Jazz evening at the Grand Beach cafe just outside the Waterfront.  The moon was full, the sea was still, the Chenins were delicious, varied and aplenty.  From bubble Sparklehorse MCC from Ken Forrester, to a range of single-vineyards bottles at Mulderbosch, to wooded and unwooded to Family Reserve from Kleine Zalze to the high altitude chenins from Cederberg and Tierhoek. Of course the Rudera Robusto, the various Breedekloof variations to the stickies from Joostenburg and Beaumont. Simply delicious. What a pity there were not more people there to enjoy this magnificent bounty.

Look out for this event next year and book early - it is now fixed on the calendar at the full moon before Easter - says the King of Chenin - Ken Forrester!

12 April 2017
Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017 in action

This year's Stellenbosch Wine Festival looked more like a music festival than a wine fest - with the biggest stage I have ever seen!  Plenty of wine stands, foodie delights and I was very pleased to discover that Stellenrust has in fact made (possibly) the first ''Prosecco" styled bubbly in South Africa - and then with a Chenin of course. It is delicious, fresh, yeasty, and incredibly well priced. I look forward to drinking copious amounts of it and selling it through our online shop.

26 February 2017
Stellenbosch Harvest Parade 2017

Stellenbosch Harvest paints City of Oaks red Colourful community celebrates winemaking camaraderie The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch were invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned ‘chariots’ on Saturday, January 28, when the annual Harvest Parade ushered in the grape harvest season with convivial cheer.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht: Place of Beauty

A few sights in and around Zevenwacht.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Restaurant

In a setting of unsurpassed tranquillity is the Historic Manor house which has been converted into our delightful country style restaurant.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Picnics

Our picnic baskets are served in an idyllic setting on tree-shaded lawns sloping down to the lake.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Tastings

Savour the pleasure of sampling wines on their home ground, within sight of the vines on which they grew and of the cellar in which they were produced and matured.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Conferences

Seating sixty-four delegates, the Auditorium is lavishly equipped with the most advanced technological facilities.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Inn

Located in the centre of Zevenwacht, this hotel offers luxuriously decorated rooms with a private terrace, overlooking the Table Bay and False Bay. It features an outdoor pool and a sauna.

07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Vineyard Cottages
Additional to Zevenwacht conference and hospitality venues, are seven beautifully appointed cottages, each with three bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, sharing a charming lounge.
07 February 2017
Zevenwacht Chalet

 Enjoy the view from a self-catering chalet with four en-suite bedrooms, set high on the slopes and surrounded by vineyards.

07 February 2017
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles coming to SA?
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has been operating successfully for 23 years, and every year the competition is run and judged in a different part of the wine world, with the 2016 edition done in Plovdiv in Bulgaria and 2017 in Spain. South Africa has been fairly slow in entering the competition, but did really well with 108 medals achieved out of only 260 wines entered this year.
07 December 2016
Meridian Trade Show - 19th September 2011
Meridian has outdone themselves at this year's trade show on the 19th of September. The venue at Vaudeville in had a burlesque theme, with sexy dancers and acrobats performing throughout the evening.
20 September 2011
John Platter launch Nov 2010
The 2011 green 31st edition of the John Platter guide was launched this evening (16th Nov 2010) at the Capelands Restaurant on the windy Sir Lowry's Pass road. A record 58 wines made the 5-star cut, including 10 first time 5 star winners. Nederburg was named Winery of the Year - a great accomplishment for Rasvan Macici who also celebrates 10 years at Nederburg this month.
16 November 2010

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