Thursday, October 04, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Amorim MCC Challenge Awards, CWG Auction, Bistro and Vine at Harrington's, Spicy Spanish Tortilla, Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut

A sign of spring. Pincushion proteas (leucospermum)
This was a week in which we attended two prestigious wine events and were able to taste appropriately wonderful wines. Méthode Cap Classique may never earn the reputation which Champagne has achieved after a couple of hundred years of dominating the world of sparkling wines, but the improvement in quality of these wines since Frans Malan of Simonsig bottled his first MCC forty years ago is gaining recognition internationally and they are competing very well on the international stage. Similarly, wines we tasted at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and its tasting a few weeks ago have reached unprecedented levels of quality and renowned judges have given some of them scores equal to any of the great names from other continents. South African wines are showing their Championship quality, and now we just need the Springboks to repeat their performance of a couple of weeks ago and beat the All Blacks again on the rugby field….
The Amorim Cork MCC Challenge Awards 2018 at The Twelve Apostles    
This annual event is one of our favourites, we love bubbles and we always know we are going to be tasting and drinking some of the best. The only competition committed exclusively to the Cap Classique category, the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge is sponsored by Portugal-based cork producer Amorim. This was the 17th year of this prestigious competition and there were 127 entries, a record. It was held this year (as it has been for several years) at The Twelve Apostles Hotel on the road from Bakoven to Llandudno…
The 2018 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier, Stellenbosch    
This annual action took place last Saturday at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. We love going; it is fast and furious and it is so good to see good wines getting great prices. And to see the happy faces of the winemakers. Once we had registered, there was a choice of good Guild members’ bubblies to start the day…
Wednesday Bistro and Vine at Harrington's Cocktail Lounge      
One of our Media colleagues found a Wednesday special at Harrington’s Wine and Vine Cocktail lounge in central Cape Town, just down the road from Dias Taven, one of our favourite and recently visited destinations, so we decided to go and check it out
On the MENU this week. Spicy Spanish Tortilla with chicken    
What to do with left over chicken? Neither of us has been very well this busy week, John had a root canal filling and is on antibiotics; Lynne has them for a chest infection, so cooking has not been a priority. We bought a ready cooked chicken from Checkers for one meal and had the rest in the fridge for another. This is what Lynne came up with

MENU’s Wine of the Week. Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2012  
This wine was the Overall winner of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge for 2018. It has also been included among the Top 10 bubblies in the SA Wine Classification, and was awarded a gold medal at the Sparkling Wine World Championships in the UK. The 2011 was awarded four stars in the 2018 Platter; it will be interesting to see how this 2012 fares there…
4th October 2018

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