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Win lunch for two people to the value of R500 at Bistro Michel in Blubird Shopping Centre, Athol Oaklands. Chef-patron of this Parisienne-styled restaurant is Michel Mourand, previously of the renowned Auberge Michel. The restaurant offers a Plat du Jour featuring classic dishes such as Chicken Cordon Bleu – these are served from Tuesdays to […]

February 1, 2016
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2015

The 2014 vintage of the Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch producer won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last year and the 2015 is right up there again.xz Intense white and yellow peach plus honeysuckle, spice and a little leesy complexity. The palate is flavour-packed, rich and […]

February 10, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The Millennials are coming

As we slide into February, recovering from the wave of prediction posts that decorate blogs and websites through January like tinsel decorates Christmas trees, most of us are nonetheless still thinking about the year ahead in one way or another. Some are preoccupied with harvest activities, others just generally planning and strategizing for surviving the […]

February 10, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015

While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]

February 9, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Peri Peri Prawns

Great as a light summer lunch. Serves 4 Ingredients: 16-24 large prawns (shell on) 200ml olive oil 2 tsp crushed garlic cloves 30ml lemon juice Salt and pepper Peri Peri sauce: 50g red chili 5 garlic cloves, crushed 500ml olive oil 1 tsp paprika Method: 1. Wash the prawns in cold running water. 2. Cut […]

February 8, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: A harvest visit to Alheit Vineyards

It’s seldom that I visit a winery at harvest time. First, because the people there are too busy for me to presume a welcome: Jancis Robinson describes wine writers as parasites on the wine industry, and while grapes are being picked and vinified I particularly feel the point of her admission. Secondly, if the welcome […]

February 8, 2016
by Tim James
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Donkiesbaai Steen 2014

Donkiesbaai is a label begun by Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede, grapes for this Chenin Blanc from a Piekenierskloof vineyard planted in 1979. With an approximate retail price of R200 a bottle, its positioning in the market is ambitious but the actual wine itself is a model of restraint. In the case of the […]

February 8, 2016
by Christian
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12 ways restaurants can improve wine service

1. Include something to suit every taste AND every budget Most punters are going to order that Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend but there are those of us who’d like something more rewarding. In a similar vein, the undergraduate student out on a date is going to have different spending power to the investment banker who’s just […]

February 5, 2016
by Christian
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De Wetshof’s Danie de Wet awarded 1659 Medal of Honour

Danie de Wet was awarded this year’s 1659 Medal of Honour jointly presented by Groot Constantia and Die Burger at a blessing of the harvest ceremony held on 2 February. The award is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the wine industry, Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick receiving it in 2015 and […]

February 4, 2016
by Christian
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