Friday, September 14, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Pinotage on Tap, Spring and Summer tasting, Balducci vegan menu, Villiera Clan launch, Carrot & ginger soup, Kumusha blend

Winter beach walks

We’ve had a week of interesting events, food and wine and it has culminated in Cape Wine, the triennial exposition in which South Africa’s wines are on show to the world. It will end tomorrow and we will report next week on the show and on some wonderful recognition which has been given to this country’s wines. We’ve also had more lovely, gentle rain – the sort which would have had us cursing the cold and wet discomfort a few years ago, but is now a cause for celebration as we see the average level of our reservoirs reaching toward 70%; great happiness after a three year drought. Signs of spring are all around with lovely spring flowers appearing at the road sides. We’ve enjoyed them all and we hope you’ll enjoy seeing them here…
This lovely festival at Diemersfontein was graced with beautiful weather in what had been a rather wet week. We hadn’t attended for a while so accepted the invitation with glee. We parked in a huge flower meadow which had some lovely spring flowers to admire

presented by Cabo Esperanca, Ex Animo and Raath Promotions. Four young wine Entrepreneurs got together last week and held a joint trade tasting of the wines they represent. It was a fun evening, with far too many wines to taste!

Balducci restaurant in the V&A Waterfront now has a Vegan menu, in addition to their normal menu, and we were invited to sample some of it at a media event last week. It seems that there is a growing demand for vegetarian and vegan food in the Cape and, when they introduced it after many requests, they were very encouraged by the uptake. We are not vegetarian or vegan, but we have friends who are and we do enjoy eating this sort of food if it is well made. We are a little anti vegan food masquerading as meat. Be true to yourself; if you crave it, eat it. We met three of the owners of the Slick restaurant group, who joined us for dinner. They also own Balducci Asian Noodle and Sushi Bar, Belthazar, Gibson’s and Walters Grill

Villiera Special Release Launch at The Stack     An elegant evening with the Grier family of Villiera, held to launch their new premium wine The Clan. It was held at The Stack in Gardens. We were welcomed with a glass of their Monro Brut
This week’s recipe is suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians, as well as the omnivores.  It has lovely flavours and is then made more exciting by the addition of the sushi ginger hidden in each bowl

The wine of renowned Sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoku. We tasted this wine for the first time today at Cape Wine, the wine exposition which is held by WOSA at the CTICC every three years. We learned from Tinashe that the two wines in the blend were made by Attie Louw on the farm Opstal in the Breedekoof Valley and then blended by Tinashe. He wanted a blend that would go with food and we think that he has achieved this very well. It is available…
14th September 2018

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