Saturday, September 01, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Cape Winemakers Guild tastings, A weekend in the Overberg, Tasting at Newton Johnson, A day at Benguela Cove, Vinimark Wine Fair, Dinner at Coco Safar, Overnight stay at Jordan, Simonsig Vintage, Raka Rosé 2017

A sunset view of Table Mountain from the vineyards at Simonsig, Stellenbosch

A bumper issue, and regrettably late. We were all set to send out MENU when the lights went out. A switch in the Council’s junction box had blown and the part of our three phase connection which powers our computers stopped working. Thankfully, we are once again empowered and here we are. We cannot remember when last we had so many stories to tell and we have been so busy that we have had to miss out on publishing a recipe this week; there hasn’t been any time to cook! – and, once again, we have had to hold a couple of articles over to next week. Thank you for your patience and we hope you’ll enjoy the stories

Cape Winemakers Guild tutored and public tastings    
This year's Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will be held at Spier Wine Estate on Saturday 29th September, beginning at 09h00.  It is open to the public as well as the wine industry. Further registration information and details on their Telephonic and Proxy bidding options are available from the Cape Winemakers Guild Office via email at or call +27 21 852 0408. Registration for the Auction and sales of VIP Lounge tickets will close on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. We will be there enjoying the day and perhaps making a bid or two for these really special wines. There are some pre-auction events. Look on : We were invited to the very prestigious VIP guided tasting

A weekend in the Overberg    
Once a year Lynne, who is the Secretary of our wine club, the Oenophiles, arranges a weekend away in a different wine region for members of the club. In the past we have done Paarl, Wellington, Robertson, Botrivier and this year it was the Stanford and Southern Cape area. Finding places with enough good accommodation is a challenge, as most of our couples want their own room and bathroom. We would love to go to some areas but staying together is a challenge. This year, we were a group of 16 and most of us stayed at the Stanford Valley Guest Farm where each couple had their own cottage, some self catering, others not. It is a vast place, with a good restaurant and close to the town. If you want to book with them, be very careful which booking agency you use, one of them we suspect is a fake and they wanted full payment up front - no one else does. Book direct or use an agency like - we nearly got caught until Lynne became suspicious. Our cottage, with its stoep and wood pile

Tasting the wines at Newton Johnson    
A stunning winter view from the Newton Johnson Tasting room overlooking their vineyards as the stormy weather comes in.  We had stayed the night in the valley, as we had a media event at Benguela Cove starting at 11 and had some spare time before that - and it was very cold in the cottage we borrowed from dear friends. A grey and wet day….

A day at Benguela Cove    
A media invitation to visit and experience what Benguela Cove has to offer the travel industry. We were last there a year ago and we cannot believe how much this estate has grown in infrastructure and buildings. A new tasting area, a large restaurant, a shop and a new state of the art cellar have gone up since we visited. Read on…

Vinimark Trade & Media Wine Fair 2018      
We were invited to the Vinimark trade tasting at the CTICC this year but arrived very late as we had come home to discover we had been burgled the previous day. We had spent the day waiting for the police and got there very late and rather stressed. Vinimark director Ginette de Fleuriot gave us a glass of Bolly as a rescue remedy. It was a very well attended tasting…

Dinner at Coco Safar, Sea Point     
We wrote recently about being invited to breakfast at Coco Safar restaurant in the renamed Adelphi Centre in Sea Point. Why the new owners of the centre have chosen to rename a building which has been a landmark in Sea Point for more than 50 years is baffling. Most people we know continue to call it the Adelphi. This week, we were invited to have dinner there. Coco Safar takes up a lot of space - most of the front foyer of the mall, and it is detached from itself, being in three different areas. So to get to Clicks or the car parking upstairs, you walk between the restaurant and the bar and then walk up the broken escalator - we have been told for several months that it is being replaced by the centre management. To get to Pick n Pay, you walk between the bar and the coffee roastery. The restaurant entrance…

Simonsig Vintage Day preview    
Once a year, in the late winter, Simonsig in Stellenbosch holds a Vintage Day on a Saturday when they allow customers to come and taste and buy some older vintages. We felt very privileged when we were invited to the Preview on the Friday before the public event. Greeted by their Kaapse Vonkel…

A lovely overnight stay at Jordan     
We were invited to attend the Young Wine Awards in Stellenbosch last Saturday, a black tie event, and when Thea van der Merwe, Jordan’s Marketing Manager, heard that we were going to book accommodation for an overnight stay, she insisted that we should stay at Jordan in one of their Suites. We hate going to a late wine event in the winelands and driving back to Cape Town, so we are very grateful…

MENU's Wine of the Week. Raka Rosé 2017    
Raka on the Stanford wine route makes a very good Rosé wine from Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. It is summer in a bottle, with notes of rhubarb and roses with some strawberry on the nose. Almost a light red wine on the palate, with raspberries and rhubarb, it reminds Lynne of Tavel Rosé from the Southern Rhône valley, and that is a compliment

24th August 2018

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