Friday, August 09, 2019

This Week’s MENU. Korean supper, Winemag Signature Red Blend Report, The 2019 Terroir Awards, Chutney recipe, Wine of the Week

An old man and kelp gulls on Strandfontein beach

Time doesn’t fly, it just disappears, especially when we are trying to keep up with stories and finalise preparations for an extended trip. In a little over a week, we will fly north and start a journey through Scotland and England which will last just over five weeks. MENU will, as on past journeys be a bit sporadic, but we will do our best. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter because we will post photographs and short stories there regularly

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Korean Seoul food in SeaPoint

How to get where you are going! We made a date with friends to go to a local Chinese restaurant this week and, when we got there, found that they close every Tuesday. (Lesson for the week: Always check!) So four of us drove up Sea Point High Street in the rain looking for something none of us had been to before. And we were all in an Asian mood. And, suddenly, we saw Soeul Korean restaurant in Regent Road and agreed that we had been meaning to go there for ages, even though none of us have any experience of Korean food, other than second hand recommendations and warnings that the food was HOT. Well, we all like a bit of heat so that was no deterrent… 

Winemag Signature Red Blend Report 2019 presentation at Guardian Peak, Stellenbosch

An invitation to cover the 4th Annual Signature Red Blends Awards at Guardian Peak this week had lots of winemakers present to see what their wines had scored. It's a reward for those who are prepared to try something different with their blends and anything goes, as long as its not the Bordeaux Blend covered in the Cape Bordeaux Blend awards held a few weeks ago. We tasted some phenomenal wines. It would seem that the recent plantings of these varietals have now come of age as they are patently producing superb wines…

The 2019 Terroir Awards at Anura wine estate

On a beautiful, sunny but fiercely cold, winter’s day we arrived at Anura Farm for the 2019 Novare SA Terroir Awards, held in The Cooperage, Anura’s new tasting room and impressive function venue with its double vaulted ceiling. A good glass of Bon Courage MCC Blanc de Blanc to welcome us…

On the MENU this week. Lemon & Mustard Seed Chutney

We are eating lots of curried dishes in the cold weather and lemons are very plentiful at this time of the year. We thought you might like our easy lemon chutney recipe. It is also lovely with fish dishes and cold meats and goes well with Middle Eastern dishes as well… 

MENU’s Wine of the Week is Vondeling’s 2016 Monsonia

made by winemaker Matthew Copeland. We tasted it at the Signature Red Blend Report, this week where it came in the top 12 and scored an impressive 93 points (there were only two 94 point wines). It is a sign of things to come with our new fresh red blends being produced with Rhône varietals…

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