Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Presentation of the ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’ to Premier Helen Zille

Leeuwenhof, Official Residence of the Premier of the Western Cape
 The guests enjoy a glass of wine before the presentation
 Izak Smit of SAWIS introduced the Premier, Ms Helen Zille
 who spoke about her experience with wine and of some of the eminent guests who have been entertained with South African wines at Leeuwenhof
  A bottle of Van Rijn brandy, presented by Marlene Bester of Distell
 Pieter de Bod of the KWV presents Ms Zille with a bottle of KWV 20 year old brandy
 Hempies du Toit presented magnums of Alto and Annandale wines
 Hein Koegelenberg presented a bottle of Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance
 Anthony Hamilton Russell also presented Ms Zille with a bottle of Vin de Constance
 History was made in another way -  Hempies du Toit wore a jacket and tie!
 After the presentation - Canapés in the dining room
 The Menu
 The L shaped dining room with Cape scenes painted by prominent Cape artists
Ms Zille asked Twelve Apostles sommelier Greg Mutambe to suggest suitable wines to match the canapés
 and they were joined by chef Marc Wassung who spoke about the food
 The first plate of canapés: Hot Baked Salmon with a hint of Smoked and Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Sauce Béarnaise - Brinjal and Goat's Cheese Stack with Herb Pastry - Crostini topped with Baked King Oyster Mushroom and Thyme
 Ms Zille spoke about the new liquor legislation, the Province's severe addiction problems and the need for control
 The second course: Curried Prawn - Springbok Loin served with White Bean Puree and Shiraz Reduction - Crispy Duck served with Thick Cut Potato Chips cooked in Duck fat and Rosemary
 Jos Baker shows Ms Zille her book "Preserving a House", about her historic 300 year old cottage
  © John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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