Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This Week’s MENU. Old Mutual Trophy Feedback, Big Breakfast at Liquorice and Lime, Lunch at The Vine Bistro, Glenelly, Wade Bales Meet the Makers Constantia Festival, Buitenverwachting Maximus 2014, Guava Fool

Winter waves, Sea Point

The waves are a signal. The weather is rapidly getting cooler, extra blankets on the bed. Winter is here. Much needed rain has been promised but has not arrived, just a few grace notes from the sky; too little to measure in the rain gauge. We hope the promise is not false, our water situation is dire. The temperature drops dramatically when the sun goes down and we are lighting fires in our little cast iron stove on some nights; not needed on others but the tinge of autumn is on the hills. John is even thinking about wearing long trousers in the daytime, while Lynne is wrapped up in polar fleece. The hibernation gene rears its head in some. The city has woken up to the fact that we only have 20% left in the dams. As the last 10% is sloppy mud, we are in trouble. Some prophesy a winter of such abundant rain that we will have floods. Farmers are not so sure; they see signs of another dry winter and the prospect of slim harvests next year. We live with hope, but not for a deluge

Old Mutual Trophy Feedback     
Held again at Grande Roche on Friday, this valuable feedback session where the judges, local and international, give their impressions of the wines they have tasted and have finished judging earlier that morning. The Feedback session is open to all entrants and the wine industry as a whole. We find this a very good barometer of where the industry is at present. We hear where there have been improvements, what has impressed or underperformed and if there are any new trends. More about the feedback......

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judging panel comprises three international and six local judges covering a broad range of expertise and working with a 100-point scoring system. The panel has been chaired by leading wine authority Michael Fridjhon since the inception of the show in 2002. The participation of a team of associate panelists, drawn from the pool of rising South African wine-making, wine marketing and wine-writing talent, ensures that the next generation of the country’s wine judges gains experience in this most rigorous of environments. See the biographies.....

Big Breakfast at Liquorice and Lime     
This small restaurant at the very top of Kloof Street in Oranjezicht was our next destination on Sunday morning. John could not accompany Lynne and our friends as he was guiding a wine tour for some Americans in Stellenbosch and he missed something. Not only are there some novel choices on the menu, the portions are some of the largest we have ever been served. Read on....

Lunch at The Vine Bistro, Glenelly     
John thought you might like to see pictures of the lunch at Glenelly on Sunday where he took his tour clients. They have a three course set menu on Sundays. You can do a wine tasting and see the famous glass museum. What a lovely setting to have lunch

Wade Bales’ Meet the Makers Constantia Festival     
Wade Bales thought that they would sell 500 tickets to this local festival; they sold 750, making it a very popular event. It was held in the grounds of his Wine Society premises in Constantia. A marquee had been erected as the weather was looking a bit iffy, but it was not needed. Five wine producers, one beer and four spirit producers had stands. Wade also showed his own wines and there were a few food producers to buy for lunch from: an Indian/Mexican food truck (curried quesadillas!), a cheese stand, bread, a chocolatier and a charcuterie stand. More here......

MENU’s Wine of the week. Buitenverwachting Maximus 2014 
Wooded Sauvignon Blanc - a category which impressed the judges at the Old Mutual Trophy judging. A chameleon wine with lots of complexity, depth and character. At first so rich and full that you do not see the wood, then you notice vanilla and some smoke. Initially floral on the palate with jasmine, melon, apricots then ripe figs and nuts, then crisp limes and orange zest and right on the finish the Constantia green capsicum appears. Such a good food wine. We had this with spicy goulash, which did not occlude the wine at all. Even with a syrupy dessert it also shone. 15 months on wood. R250 from Wade Bales. Wine Spectator scored the 2009 Maximus 93 Points. Platter gave the 2013 4½ stars. We love the 2014

This week's MENU recipe is Guava Fool    
It’s Guava season and this is so quick and easy to make. We hope you find it as delicious as we do

1 Kg ripe guavas, peeled and chopped - juice of half a lemon – 75g caster sugar - 300ml water -
250 ml thick Ayrshire cream or real vanilla custard

Put everything into an enamel pan (don’t use metal - guavas are too acidic) and poach until the guavas are soft, this only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and, if it is not sweet enough, add a little more sugar. Mash and push through a sieve to remove all the pips; cool in the fridge, then stir in the cream. (At this point you can freeze the mixture for guava ice cream). Put into a pretty glass bowl and decorate the top with two amaretto biscuits and a few pieces of glacé fruit or maraschino cherries

10th May 2017
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