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Secateurs Confit Lamb Shoulder

posted on the November 29, 2011 9:05 am by Wine and Only

This is a recipe I decided to create specifically for Adi Badenhorst and the Swartland Revolution! Hope you will like it!   Ingredients For that recipe you will need (serves 4 meatlovers like me, 6 regular people otherwise) – A whole lamb shoulder (1.5 kgs or more) bone in – Fresh Thyme – Fresh Rosemary [...]

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Sardines and wine pairing

posted on the November 28, 2011 7:40 am by Wine and Only

The Hout Bay harbour has seen huge sardine runs since a few weeks…tens of thousands of sardines trapped in the harbour, followed by as many seagulls, seals and dolphins. It means also that you can get fresh (live!) sardines at very low cost… But what to do with them? Obviously, you can quickly braai (BBQ) [...]

Eat Out 2011 restaurant awards

posted on the November 21, 2011 8:32 am by Wine and Only

Last night, the 2011 Eat Out award ceremony was held at the Rotunda at the Bay Hotel. Restaurants are judged on food, service and ambience, as well as other aspects that make or break the eating out experience. This year we also included a host of new categories, making these the most extensive culinary awards [...]

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Australia’s most expensive wine release (R 8,300)

posted on the November 16, 2011 10:56 am by Wine and Only

Australia’s most expensive table wine hits the world’s shelves this week – and the famous name behind it, Penfolds, has gone off-shore to launch it. In price terms, forget Grange at $599 (R 4,950) and step over Torbreck’s $700 (R 5,800) The Laird, Penfolds has jumped to the top shelf with one of their rarest [...]

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Tchin-Tchin (Cheers) !

posted on the November 16, 2011 8:04 am by Wine and Only

Do you know where does the French expression “Tchin-Tchin” (Cheers) come from? If you had wines in France, or with French people, you may have noticed that many use the word “tchin-tchin” (cheers) when they clink glasses or give a toast. But why? Indeed, it could be the noise glasses do when they touch, but [...]

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The “Magic of Bubbles” Franschhoek Festival

posted on the November 15, 2011 8:21 am by Wine and Only

Now in its fifth successful year, the Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival will be welcoming visitors from around the country over the weekend of 2 to 4 December to this annual social calendar highlight. Franschhoek situated in the heart of the South African Winelands and with its French heritage character, provides [...]

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 is coming

posted on the November 14, 2011 9:07 am by Wine and Only

Beaujolais Nouveau is a young red wine made from handpicked Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France, where the beverage accounts for half of the region’s production. While most red wines improve with age, Beaujolais Nouveau is all about freshness. Many producers, including regional giant Georges Duboeuf (one of the founder of the [...]

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The PicNic Concert Series at Backsberg

posted on the November 10, 2011 1:18 pm by Wine and Only

Backsberg Estate Cellars, in association with kykNET, are launching their third Picnic Concert Series. Brilliant artists such as: Freshly Ground, Francois van Coke, Koos Kombuis and Dan Patlansky will have you tapping your toes to their awesome acoustic vibes.     There is a slight twist with the series this year as each of the [...]

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Wine Production 2011

posted on the November 10, 2011 11:05 am by Wine and Only

The world wine production should stay stable in 2011 despite a decline of the size of the vineyards. As the Southern hemisphere harvest is in the wine warehouses since April, and with the Northern hemisphere harvest just ended, the world production should stay stable (+0.4%), with around 270 million hectoliters (hl), has announced Federico Castellucci, [...]

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Platter 2012 results

posted on the November 9, 2011 8:02 am by Wine and Only

The new Platter was launched last night at the Vineyards hotel in Cape Town. (And yes, it’s yellow this year!) The Winery of the Year was attributed to Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek. Best Red Wine of the Year went to Chamonix for their Cape Chamonix Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 and Badsberg Badslese 2009 was named the [...]