Thursday, February 28, 2019

This Week's MENU. Prawns, Wine and Art on a Saturday, Groot Phesantekraal, Jordan Assyrtiko tasting, Stir fry chicken, Steenberg Nebbiolo

The full moon rises at sunset, Camps Bay
This has been a gentle week. We’ve been visited by old friends, done and seen some interesting things, some of which will be in next week’s MENU and, above all, tasted some very interesting and enjoyable wines, accompanied with some of the wonderful food which our city and its surrounding area produces. Read on and share in our enjoyment… 
We decided to go to the Prawn Festival which was held at the Kenilworth Race Course last Saturday. It turned out to be a market with food and only one venue had prawns. You bought your voucher for R99 per person and stood in the longest queue imaginable. John went to find a table and some cold beers and Lynne stood, and stood and stood in blistering sunshine and heat in the slowly moving queue for nearly an hour…
We had an invitation to visit Groot Phesantekraal wine farm in Durbanville and taste the food of Chef Juan van Deventer, known as 'The Shy Chef'. So last Friday saw us on a great trek around the outskirts of Durbanville to avoid the closure on the N1 motorway. It was very hot out on the plains, our car registered 39ºC on arrival. It is harvest time and it was an appropriate opportunity to taste their Chenin Blanc and Pinotage grapes, which had just been picked…
With rises in temperature in wine areas worldwide now 2 to 2.5% higher, farms are looking at dry land grapes that can tolerate heat. We are not France, so continuing to grow delicate grapes that need cool growing conditions long term is something farmers are having to take into account. Even France is becoming warmer and getting higher alcohols in their wines. Gary and Kathy Jordan of Jordan wine estate bought some more land a few years ago. It appears to be perfect for the Assyrtiko grape, grown mostly in Greece, which performs well in a high altitude stony vineyard with cooling winds and dry land conditions. They have investigated this wine for years, at last gained access to the vines and will soon plant them on Jordan. We were invited to visit the farm and taste some of these wines from Greece and the only Assyrtiko from outside Greece, which is made in Australia…
This is a single portion, on Ho Fun rice noodles
This recipe is really simple to make, just do the preparation beforehand and you can assemble the dish in just a few minutes. The flavour of the sauce is really good. If you can’t get Szechuan pepper corns, just used good freshly ground black pepper. See the whole recipe here…
Our favourite wine of the tasting and so good that it is our Wine of the Week, is the Steenberg Nebbiolo. It is a wine with wildness from a grape that gives so much. Wild strawberries, rhubarb, mulberries on the nose, with some perfume and incense wood. Soft sweet cherry berry on the palate, so deep and long with delicious fruit flavours, good acid fruit balance and gentle chalky tannins on the end. A stupendous food wine, especially with Italian or Mediterranean food
Things to do
Friday, 1st March Now in its 6th edition, Ultra SA is returning to the West Coast Ostrich Farm for a night of electronic music blissMore info here
Friday, 1st- Sunday, 3rd March The Robertson Wine Valley Hands On Harvest More info here
Friday, 1st- Sunday, 10th March Woordfees Festival, Stellenbosch One of South Africa’s largest annual arts festivals More info here
Friday & Saturday, 1st & 2nd March      RMB Starlight Concert at Vergelegen. Details and tickets at
Friday, 1st March    The American Express Cape Wine Barrel Auction at the Norval Foundation

Saturday, 2nd March       The Cape Wine Auction sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth at Buitenverwachting
For more information on the Cape Wine Auction, contact CWA director Darielle Robertson at darielle@thecapewineauction.comFor more information on the Cape Wine Auction Trust, contact Andi Norton at

Saturday, 2nd March       Harvest Festival at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  For further information and bookings contact Nina Martin at Muratie on 021 865 2330/2336 or
Saturday 2nd March       Perdeberg’s Harvest Celebration from 09h00 - 17h00 at Perdeberg Cellars. For more information contact Johan at +27 21 869 8244 or, 2 March The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2019 at Val De Vie Estate in Paarl More info here
Wednesday, 6th March    A night at the Italian Opera 18h00 for 18h30, Café del Sol Botanico, Bryanston, Gauteng Tickets are available at R650 per person, the three course dinner and wine are included. Limited spaces are available so e-mail to be part of this exclusive event.
Friday 8th March    Wine Concepts Craft Festival at The Vineyard Hotel 17h00 – 20h00 Cost: R200.00 per person – includes tasting glass, tastings and light snacks. Tickets via or at Wine Concepts branches Telephone Newlands at 021 671 9030 or Kloof Street at 021 426 4401. Email: or at the door on the evening subject to availability
Friday, 8th – Saturday, 16th March  9th Annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival at The Baxter. Click here for details
Sunday, 10th March Cape Town Cycle Tour, the biggest staged race in the worldMore info here
Wednesday, 13th March, Tuning the Vine 17h30 to 20h30 Collect your tasting glass and wrist band from starting stations, 91 on Loop Boutique Hostel or The Station on Bree and head out on your hunt for top-class tastings
Saturday, 16th March The annual Cape Town Carnival returns to the Fan Walk with the theme ‘Vuka Ukhanye’ – ‘Arise and Shine More info here
Tuesday, 19th – Sunday, 31st March The Mother City Comedy Festival. More info here
Friday, 29th – Saturday, 30th March The Cape Town International Jazz Festival at The CTICC More info here
Sunday, 31st March Groote Post Country Market between 10h00 and 15h00. For further information on the Groote Post Country Market Contact I Love Yzer: 022 451 2202 or · · @GPCountryMarket
Thursday, 15 August          Nedbank CWG Auction Showcase Cape Town
Tuesday, 20 August           Nedbank CWG Auction Tasting Pretoria*
Wednesday, 21 August     Nedbank CWG Showcase Sandton
Wednesday, 2 October    Nedbank CWG Development Trust Dinners
Thursday, 3 October         Nedbank CWG Sports Day
Friday, 4 October             Nedbank CWG Final Pre-Auction Tasting*
Saturday 5 October          Nedbank CWG Auction   Enquiries about CWG events to * Events in red are by invitation onl
28th February 2019

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