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The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay will again serve to highlight the superb food and wine offerings that has earned the Stellenbosch area its place as the country’s gourmet capital; and for the duration of the 10-day festival from 24 January to 1 February, festival-goers will get to experience an incredible journey of delicious food, accompanied by some of the best wines of the world. Don’t miss a festival highlight, the Longridge Langtafel on Wednesday, 28 January, when the oak-lined Plein Street, in the heart of the town, will be transformed for an open-air gala dinner. The 200-seater table will be set in front of the iconic Stellenbosch town hall where guests will be presented with a feast paired with wines from the award-winning Longridge wine portfolio. Diners will be greeted with Longridge MCC bubbly on arrival, along with a section of delicious snacks, including trout tartare served in a tortilla basket, traditional Cape Malay samoosas with mango atjar, caramelised onion, gruyere and Dijon tarts, roasted peeled almonds, olives and South African speciality beef biltong. Live music will ensure the perfect ambiance. The rest of the menu is just as exciting: for starters a Caprese salad with homemade fior di latte mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes and organic basil from the Longridge restaurant garden accompanied by home-baked bread and citrus butter main course (paired with the refreshing Longridge Blanc white blend); and the entrée consists of a prawn tempura tower with layered grilled aubergine, avocado and red onion and wasabi mayonnaise and chilli sauce. This will be perfectly matched with the Longridge Chardonnay. The main course features free-range beef fillet with a potato cake, baked bone marrow, red wine jus and steamed broccoli and will be served with the Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon. For the grand finale, guests will tuck into a chocolate parfait with fresh cherries, Kahlua and salted caramel with berry meringue, . . .
A Cabernet Franc by South African winemaker Bruwer Raats has recently featured on the wine list of a top New York restaurant in honour of late president Nelson Mandela. Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem has become renowned for its impressive wine list designed to complement his New American Cuisine, which has contributed to making Samuelsson one of the most celebrated chefs of his generation. Ethiopian-born Samuelsson has earned three stars in The New York Times and he also prepared the meal for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration. As America celebrated Black History Month, special tributes were hosted to commemorate the life and legacy of Madiba and several South African red wines graced the Red Rooster wine list, including the signature Raats Family Cabernet Franc. This inclusion caught the attention of the wine e-journal Daily Sip on wine community website bottlenotes titled “A Wine List Worthy of a Harlem Renaissance.” “It was definitely a huge honour to be included on the Red Rooster’s wine list as this restaurant has become renowned for cuisine that is a highly personal expression of the ethnic and cultural influences in the life of the owner. For my wine to be included as part of his tribute to our own Madiba is indeed very special and I consider it as part of my tribute to this great African hero,” mentions Raats. “The fact that it was included on the bottlenotes website’s daily blog is great as the Daily Sip has over 300 000 subscribers and 180 000 Facebook followers. This is incredible exposure for my wine amongst an enthusiastic community of wine lovers,” explains Raats. For more information, visit www.raats.co.za. ENDS Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://www.raats.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: Peridot Communications. Winemaker Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines. . . .
The 2014 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay will be a feast for the whole family. The ten-day wine and food extravaganza will delight food and wine lovers with loads of exceptional culinary experiences, wine tastings and exciting outdoor activities. The jam-packed festival line-up offers a wide variety of winery experiences ranging from picnics to pairings, game drives to grape stomping, high teas to golf, open air movies and gala dinners to superb gourmet pairings. Many of the wineries have included specific child-friendly activities to keep the younger crowd entertained. According to Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, visitors can expect truly unique events as part of the American Express Winery Experiences. “Our members have pulled out all the stops to present visitors with an exciting overview of Stellenbosch as the country’s gourmet capital. These events present a virtual snapshot of our local food and wine industry with a proudly South African flavour. Whether you’re a serious wine enthusiast or looking for casual family outings, the festival will definitely fit the bill this year,” mentions Bolton. One of the highlights of the festival will undoubtedly be the Longridge gala dinner, which will be hosted in the historic streets of Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 29 January. Plein Street in front of the town hall will be transformed into an elegant open-air dinner venue for a fantastic five-course meal paired with the finest Longridge wines and accompanied by live music. Another fine dining experience not to be missed is the five-course wine and food pairing presented at Towerbosch restaurant, recently crowned as the best country-style restaurant in the country. Knorhoek has collaborated with neighbouring wineries from the Simonsberg region Quoin Rock, Muratie and Delheim to host this spectacular gourmet offering on Thursday, 30 January. Don’t miss the unique DeZine Dine Cultivar Showcase at . . .
Longridge Wine Estate will be introducing their sensational summer experiences during the Helderberg Wine Festival from 14 – 17 November 2013. Gearing up for summer, Longridge is adding fabulous picnic baskets and sumptuous sundowner platters to their scintillating summer menus. With covered patios and sweeping lawns nestled next alongside the organic vegetable and herb garden, this is a perfect spot for summer fun with friends and families. On Saturday, 16 November and Sunday, 17 November, the Longridge restaurant will be serving an al fresco traditional potjiekos feast in their kitchen garden. Guests will have a choice of three types of potjies(slow-cooked stews in three-legged cast iron pots) including delicately curried tripe served with samp, Boeuf Bourguignon served on mashed potatoes or a chicken potjie with white wine, button mushrooms and thyme served with rice. Each dish will be accompanied by a crispy fresh garden salad and roasted beetroot as well as a glass of Longridge Rouge, Blanc or Rosé. One serving and a glass of wine cost R150 per person, while a tasting of all three potjies with wines are R185 per person. Coffee and friandise can be ordered for an additional R25 per person. Watch the sun set behind Table Mountain, while enjoying some Longridge wines with a perfectly paired snack platter for two. The farmer’s platter costs R280 and includes biltong, blue cheese and camembert, sweet potato samosas, fresh fruit, smoked snoek pate, chicken liver parfait, home-made grape preserves and quince jelly and traditional melktert and koeksisters for dessert. At R300, the fusion platter includes a glass of Longridge bubbly with marinated Helderberg Trout, charcuterie such as koppa, salami and Parma ham, cumin, gorgonzola and aged goat gouda cheeses, fresh fruit, a selection of nuts and venison terrine served with freshly baked breads, olives, chocolate truffles and meringue. Spend a lazy, relaxing day by spreading a picnic blanket and sipping a . . .
Over the past decade, KAMERS vol geskenke has presented South Africa's top handmade creativity in some of the finest venues. Continuing this tradition, KAMERS Stellenbosch will host a creative feast at the picturesque Webersburg Estate (located between Stellenbosch and Somerset West) from 5-10 November. Some 160 enterprises are taking part, under the theme of ‘transformation’. Handmade, originally- designed wares range from jewellery, gourmet food products, ceramics and soft furnishings, to décor accessories, garden gear, designer clothing and accessories. KAMERS will also host Home/Tuis magazine workshops on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November; live music and Kia vehicle test drives will complement the shopping experience. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. “The KAMERS team is well-known for its sourcing of creative talent and fresh, new product ideas. It is a platform for creative, innovative and upcoming entrepreneurs to showcase unique products that are not readily available in the marketplace,” said KAMERS Finance and Marketing Manager Magdel Kemp. “KAMERS is not into the perfectly made or the mass-produced, it is about high-end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the shows.” KAMERS will also be giving back to the community, through financial contributions, job creation and teaching support. This year’s beneficiaries include: • Huis Horizon, a residential and sheltered-employment centre in Stellenbosch for people with intellectual disabilities, has received a beautiful garden walkway; • Good Hope Psychological Services and the Cape Craft & Design Institute – Kamers stands; • Elves at Work - KAMERS stand and teaching support; • The Breytenbach Education Centre - job creation opportunity, with women making bags for the Kamers shows; and • The Wheat Trust, which fights domestic violence, will receive a portion of the entry takings and visibility at the . . .
Wild Clover’s debut Hops Harvest Festival offers finest craft beers in May In celebration of the close of another successful harvest at the South African hops farms near George, Wild Clover will host the Hops Harvest Festival from 10-12 May on their farm in Stellenbosch. This weekend-long celebration is for the whole family, with a focus on beer tasting from a variety of suppliers of hand-crafted beers including Wild Clover’s own specialty brews. There will be entertainment for the children, live music and delicious warm food to complement the beer, such as Wild Boar on the spit and a few German delights too. Under the watchful eye of owner-brewer Ampie Kruger, Wild Clover currently produces four natural beers; an English Ale; an Irish Porter; a German Pils and a fruity Belgian Wit. Ampie is always happy to talk beer with aficionados and beer-lovers and is passionate about the art of brewing.The Hops Harvest Festival will bring together many of the country’s finest craft breweries, offering the chance to sample a selection of fine locally brewed beers in one place. R100 entry for adults, all beer tastings included, and children under 18 are free. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, mom’s entrance ticket is complimentary. Kindly book online at http://www.quicket.co.za/events/1867-hops-harvest-festival/. There is plenty of secure parking on the farm, as well as chauffeur operators and shuttle services available to get you home safely. To enquire about all this and more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 865 2248. What: Hops Harvest Festival Where: Wild Clover (R304, Stellenbosch) When: 10-12 May 2013 Times: Friday 10 May 4pm – 10pm Saturday 11 May 10am – 10pm Sunday 12 May 10am – 5pm Website: www.wildclover.co.za Only half an hour from Cape Town and 20 minutes from the northern suburbs, Wild Clover has the air of the country combined with the hospitality and warmth of a family-owned estate. A sense of space, ease and comfort embraces you as . . .
The most glamorous event in the country has found a new home in the historic town of Stellenbosch. The annual Bovril Black Tie gala dinner staged by Cultivaria will move to the oak-lined streets of this quaint Boland town and infuse it with a festive circus atmosphere and many live performances. On Friday, 23 November, the longest table in the country will be set for a dazzling three-course open-air banquet featuring a gourmet menu inspired by seasonal produce and award-winning wines. Celebrated local chefs have joined forces with catering and events specialists Knights Events & Catering and Longridge wine estate to create a dining experience par excellence of fabulous food, wonderful wines and mesmerising live entertainment. Fire dancers, jugglers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers will have guests on the edge of their seats. The star-studded starters take on an Eastern flavour with Teriyaki seared Salmon Goujon on a cucumber salad with a sushi rice star stuffed with pickled ginger and sour cream and served with a wild herb dressing. The fruity fullness of the 2008 Longridge Chardonnay, a Top 100 SA wine with a 4 ½-star Platter rating, will be the perfect pairing partner for the richness of the fish. The mouth-watering main course will feature griddled matured beef fillet marinated in olive oil and cracked black pepper corns served with a lemon citrus polenta cake, a skewer of fresh seasonal baby vegetables and a herbed pastry straw accompanied by a luscious Bovril jus. The berry flavours of the 2007 Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon, which received four stars in Platter, will wonderfully complement the robust meat dish. For a delicious dessert finale, the subtle sweetness of the 2011 Longridge Edelgoud Noble Late Harvest is paired with a sublime hot chocolate dessert on a biscuit crust served with fresh cream, seasonal berry coulis and topped with a fresh mint sprig. Actor and radio personality Ian Wessels will be the master of ceremonies, while . . .
Longridge Wine Estate recently expanded its international footprint when it was afforded the opportunity to supply wine for the Hungarian commemoration of the 1956 uprising against communism, held in Cape Town on 28 October 2012. A delegation from the Hungarian Embassy led by Hungarian ambassador Mr Bela Laszlo and his wife Julia, Honorary Consul Andre Pelser and the Deputy Head of the Consul Mission visited the wine estate to personally taste and select the wines to be served during the reception. Ambassador Laszlo was extremely impressed by the elegant food and wine pairing conducted by Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats and chef Bruce Von Pressintin. “This is a truly beautiful place and the rolling hills surrounding the estate somehow remind me of the foothills in Hungary. Absolutely magnificent!” declared Mr Laszlo. The 23rd of October is an important day on the Hungarian calendar as it commemorates the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which saw uprisings against the Soviet imposed policies of the then government. Thousands lost their lives and became refugees during battles against the state security police and Soviet troops. Although the uprising was suppressed, it is widely viewed as the country’s first stance against communism. According to Jasper Raats of Longridge, it was an honour to have their wines served at this historically significant occasion. “We were very proud when we were approached to present our wines at such an auspicious event as this date carries huge significance for the Hungarian people. Hungary itself is widely acknowledged as a wine producer and is home to the world-famous Tokaji wines, which became the subject of the world’s first appellation control. We look forward to developing an enduring relationship with Hungary in the future.” Longridge wines, which took centre stage on the day, included the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. . . .
Raats Family Wines are extending their portfolio of superb wines with the maiden release of the Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010. This lusty red will be on the shelves of leading restaurants and retailers this month. Widely considered as a Cabernet Franc specialist, winemaker Bruwer Raats continues to be fascinated with this varietal and finds the most perfect vineyard sites to produce the best grapes. For the past decade, Raats has been experimenting with Cabernet Franc and has concluded that the grapes are happier in less fertile soils such as decomposed dolomite granite, which allows the wine to express great purity of fruit and creates an elegant balance. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc is testament to the success of this experiment with a luscious display of succulent red fruits, coupled with a beautifully smoky minerality. “I believe that the Dolomite is a great example of this much under-rated variety and represents great value for money. This wine combines ten years of knowledge and experience with Cabernet Franc and can be enjoyed straight away,” mentions Raats. Wine writer Emile Joubert described it as a great bottle of wine. “What a perky, beaut of a vino from the Duke of Cabernet Franc, Bruwer Raats,” wrote Joubert on his winegoggle blog. Although an extremely versatile wine, Raats recommends the Dolomite Cabernet Franc as a perfect pairing partner for pork loin with a plum and Armagnac sauce, beef fillet with truffle sauce, game bird with red wine sauce or any venison such as springbok, ostrich or kudu. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010 retails from R95.00 and is now available at leading liquor outlets in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Find it in Durban at Durban North Spar, Fusion Café, Meander Fine Wines, Park Lane Cellars, The Ridge Spar and MT Edgecombe Tops, in Cape Town at Buratta, & Union, Caroline’s V & A Waterfront, Wine Concepts Kloof Street, Wine @ The Mill and La Colombe (Constantia Uitsig), the . . .