Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This Week's MENU. Saronsberg at La Colombe, John Collins showcase, Waterford Estate safari, Baked tomatoes, Saronsberg Grenache

Spring starts to decorate the garden at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
 New Chef at Newton Johnson
MENU is late again; our techno woes continue. At least we have our internet connection back, but our car is still in the workshop with its transmission being rebuilt. It takes a challenge like this to make us appreciate the things we normally take for granted. But it has also given us an opportunity to appreciate the benefit of an excellent public transport service in our area – it still has to be extended into the southern suburbs – and easily accessible taxis. Also, to give thanks to generous friends who have given us lifts and lent us their cars. Another busy week...
Saronsberg wines at La Colombe     You may think we are jaded with all of the many meals we have at good restaurants. But who cannot fail to be excited by an invitation to a restaurant that has featured as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for the last few years. This was to celebrate Saronsberg's annual release of their six new season wines, which takes place at this time of the year. This year, they decided to treat members of the wine trade and some members of the media to lunch at La Colombe with the wines, paired with several courses. It was a wonderful showcase for their lovely wines. Saronsberg was rated the Red Wine Producer of the Year by the South African Wine Index Awards 2015 and 2016
John Collins wine showcase at the Cape Town Club     Another annual event that we look forward to. John Collins represents some excellent wine estates and many of them are releasing their new wines at this time of the year. This tasting was to showcase these wines and to remind the trade of the excellent quality that these farms produce
Breaking News - New Chef at Newton Johnson     We don't often have a scoop, but this week we do. Who is going to be the new Chef at the restaurant at Newton Johnson wine farm in the Hemel and Aarde valley when Eric Bulpitt ends his stint there at the end of September? It will be chef Nick Oosthuizen, who was at Roosje van de Kaap in Swellendam for 12 years. He has been recommended by George Jardine and will take up his post in the 2nd week in October
A safari tour of Waterford wine estate with Kevin Arnold     Once a year we are invited by the management of the Vineyard Hotel to join them and other guests, pruning the vines in the small vineyard on the bank of the Liesbeek river in the gardens of the hotel. They have kindly made us custodians of one vine
This year, we were also invited to Waterford wine estate in Stellenbosch for a tasting of the last four years of the wines that have been made. Waterford, one of the five wine estates which sponsors a row of vines, vinified the 2015 vintage. We were to bottle the current vintage, taste the wines and have lunch together
First we went on a Wine Drive Safari in their game viewing Land Rover, guided by Kevin Arnold, Cellarmaster of Waterford and part owner with Jeremy Ord. You, too, can do this when visiting the farm. Click here for details
An easy starter is always welcome and you can have this as a simple main course. Also good for the end of the month when the budget is a bit tight.
4 large tomatoes - salt and freshly ground black pepper - 4 fresh eggs - 40 g butter
Turn your oven to 160⁰C. Slice the tops off the tomatoes and scrape out the seeds, the juice and the cores. Season the inside of the tomatoes well. Put the tomatoes into a buttered oven proof dish so they stand up together. Break each egg individually into a cup and slide them carefully into the tomatoes. place a knob of butter on top of each egg and season again. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are cooked but the yolks are still runny. Serve with a dab of pesto or tapenade or a green chilli/coriander sauce and good crisp garlic bread
Wine of the week. Saronsberg Grenache 2014      There was no doubt about this wine when we tasted it on the farm last week and our opinion was only confirmed when we tasted it again on Monday at La Colombe
It is spicy and savoury with fennel and violets - a robust nose. But on the palate at first it has delicate fruit almost pinot Noir like in character but then it steps ups to a different level, with full red and black fruit warmth and good gentle wooding from 2nd fill barrels. Such a special food wine
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What's on the MENU this week. Baked tomatoes filled with coddled eggs


An easy starter is always welcome and you can have this as a simple main course. Also good for the end of the month when the budget is a bit tight
4 large tomatoes - salt and freshly ground black pepper - 4 fresh eggs - 40 g butter
Turn your oven to 160⁰C. Slice the tops off the tomatoes and scrape out the seeds, the juice and the cores. Season the inside of the tomatoes well. Put the tomatoes into a buttered oven proof dish so they stand up together. Break each egg individually into a cup and slide them carefully into the tomatoes. place a knob of butter on top of each egg and season again. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are cooked but the yolks are still runny. Serve with a dab of pesto or tapenade or a green chilli/coriander sauce and good crisp garlic bread
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

Wine of the week. Saronsberg Grenache 2014

There was no doubt about this wine when we tasted it on the farm last week and our opinion was only confirmed when we tasted it again on Monday at La Colombe

It is spicy and savoury with fennel and violets - a robust nose. But on the palate at first it has delicate fruit almost pinot Noir like in character but then it steps ups to a different level, with full red and black fruit warmth and good gentle wooding from 2nd fill barrels. Such a special food wine
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

MENU's Events calendar

Accuracy in the descriptions of events listed here depends on the information given to us by the organisers or their publicity agents. Some of this information comes to us in hugely verbose communiqués which we have to précis to make it easier for you. We will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, however caused.
Tuesday, 23rd August, 14h30 to 17h00. Nedbank CWG Auction Tasting, Pretoria Country Club, 241 Sidney Street, Pretoria. R250 per person. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Tasting at the Pretoria Country Club is a formal tutored tasting of a selection of the 2016 Nedbank CWG Auction wines presented by the winemakers, followed by an informal tasting of all the 2016 Nedbank CWG Auction wines. Light snacks will be served. Only a very limited number of tickets is available. The Auction is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, 1 October at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Please go to Webtickets to book tickets!
Wednesday, 24th August, 18h00 – 21h00. Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase of rare, individual wines. The Atrium, Nedbank Sandton, 135 Rivonia Road. R250 per person, includes a Spiegelau tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za
Friday, 26th August 17h00 to 21h00, Saturday, 27th August 12h00 to 18h00 “We Love Wine” Fest returns to Capegate. If you’re a wine lover and living in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, the fourth “We Love Wine” Festival at Capegate Shopping Centre is right up your alley. Festival visitors can taste and buy more than 100 wines directly from the wineries, which include large producers with well-known brands and smaller boutique and family-owned wineries, giving a taste of the best of South Africa’s winelands in one venue. The Cape Wine Academy is presenting a wine theatre (Three sessions on Friday and four sessions on Saturday) with fun tastings and pairings on the programme at set times. Participating wineries include: Alexanderfontein/Ormonde, Arendskloof/Eagle’s Cliff, Beyerskloof, Biocape, Bonnievale Cellar, Diemersfontein, Dieu Donné Vineyards, Du Toitskloof, Edgebaston, Eerstehoop, Fledge & Co, Groenland, Imbuko, La Couronne Wine Estate, MWS, Orange River Cellars, Overhex International, Perdeberg Winery, Peter Bayly, Stellenbosch Hills, Villiera Wines, Villiersdorp Cellar, Yonder Hill. The Pebbles Project, which looks after disadvantaged children, especially those impacted by alcohol, is the charity beneficiary of the festival and will be present to spread their message and raise funds and awareness. Tickets from the door or www.quicket.co.za. R70 pp (Includes a branded tasting glass). Bookings for the CWA theatre sessions can be made at the ticket office. For up to date information, visit www.capegatecentre.co.za
Saturday, 27th August. 18h30  Explore Spring’s enchanting chorus at The Table Bay. Explore Spring’s enchanting chorus of tastes and fragrances. You will be hosted by Executive Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams and bespoke perfumer, Tammy Frazer, in a senses-evoking, three stage dinner experience. The fresh and invigorating scents of Spring blossoms and the wild flavours of foraged plants characterise this unique sensory adventure. Awaken the senses. Savour the essence of Spring. Cost: R450 per person. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Saturday, 27th August Blossoms, Biscotti & Wine this August at De Krans. Make your way to De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp for the third annual Orchards in Bloom Festival. This time of the year the fruit trees, in particular the apricot, peach and plum trees, are in full bloom and it is truly a sight to behold. The spring blossoms traditionally indicate the start of the season for the fruit and wine industries. Visitors to De Krans will be able to experience this beautiful sight for themselves as well as enjoy a few more exciting offerings during their visit: A first for South Africa - a Biscotti and Wine pairing presented by well-known chef Francois Ferreira will be available to guests on the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Pre-booking at De Krans Wine Cellar is recommended to avoid disappointment as seating is limited. The cost is R85 per person (18 years and older only). Kick start your day at 9am with the Vineyard Run. Jog or walk through the vineyards whilst admiring the breathtakingly beautiful orchards in full bloom. Participants can choose between a 5km or a 10km trail. Pre-enter via De Krans, or on the day from 8am. A superb selection of wine prizes are up for grabs for various categories. If you prefer something less strenuous take a leisurely walk through the orchards at De Krans to view the beautiful blossoms from up close. Prizes will be awarded to the best photographs taken on the day. During this year’s event visitors will get the opportunity to prune the vines which were planted by visitors to the Orchards in Bloom Festivals in 2014 and 2015. De Krans’ seasoned pruners will be on hand to provide guidance to novice pruners. Pruning and outdoor fun can lead to working up a healthy appetite and what better excuse than to enjoy a hearty country style meal made by chef Retief van der Walt, in the comfort of the De Krans Bistro & Deli, which will be open from 9am to 5pm. Unfortunately no reservations will be taken on the day, so come early to avoid missing out on a delicious brunch or lunch. And what would a visit to De Krans be without sipping, sampling and stocking up on their range of superb ports and wines. Don’t miss out on tasting the newly released  2016 wines such as the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage Rosé and delicious Moscato Perlé. Winemaker Louis van der Riet will be showing off his cocktail skills as he whips up a delicious port cocktail (or two) for you during your visit. A fun day out for the whole family with so much to do. Live entertainment and boules under the vines complete what promises to be an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo Winelands. For more information contact Helet Viljoen at De Krans on 044 213 3314/64 or email dekrans@mweb.co.za
Sunday, 28th August from 10h00 to 15h00  Groote Post’s spring Country Market. Groote Post will again be a hive of activity, brimming with delectable and beautiful country offerings. Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines as well as loads of kiddies’ activities. Local will always be lekker, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Darling Mushrooms, Weskus Worswa, Udderly Delicious Cheese, Darling Pomegranate Products, Saucy Boys’ organic preservative-free chilli sauces, marinades and spices, Darling Brew and more. After browsing through the market, visitors will be able to relax under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open, but please note that booking is essential. The kids, will be kept busy with a wide variety of kiddies’ activities - tractor rides, face-painting, water-balls, guided horse rides and, of course, the popular playground. Pets are welcome but all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Visitors arriving without their dogs on a leash will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.  Entry is free of charge. For further information, contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za. www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za • Facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket • @GPCountryMarket
Wednesday, 31st August  One&Only Cape Town presents the 2016 Wine&Dine series with Reuben’s One&Only, where one of Constantia’s finest wine farms, Buitenverwachting, will be joining chef Reuben Riffel to pair their wines with the unique flavour combinations of the chef. Winemaker Brad Paton brings his range of cool-climate wines to the party. One of the oldest estates in Constantia, Buitenverwachting marries old traditions with modern winemaking to make outstanding wines with character and longevity. The evenings with Reuben and Luvo are priced at R425 per person. To reserve your table for these Wine&Dine evenings call +27 21 431 4511 or mail to restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Friday, 2nd to Sunday, 4th September Bot River hosts blooming nice Spring Weekend The close-knit winemaking community of the small town of Bot River, is set for its annual Spring Weekend, which promises an authentic bouquet of all things exceptional and exclusive to this unsung Overberg gem. Home to eminent wine mavericks, Bot River features 11 wine farms – most of them family-owned and run – and during the Spring Weekend each of them will share something unique to their ‘farm cupboard’. Albeit olive oils, fresh produce, deli offerings, honest wines, farm fare, indigenous greenery or local talent, it will be a sumptuous showcase of Bot River’s brimming ‘pantry of delights’. The farms dotted along this 10 km enclave – a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town – will entice visitors with their true talents and tastes. This includes a sausage making course at Luddite, famous for its technology-resistant winemaking philosophy. Here Genevieve MCC will also treat enthusiasts to Oysters & Bubbles all weekend long and have magnums of its newly released 2012 vintage on sale. The Spring Weekend 2016 promises Bot River bliss at its best and all farms will be open from 10am until 4pm on both days. Tickets are available at www.quicket.co.za and a weekend pass costs R100 per adult which includes a wine glass; an informative booklet to be collected at the tourism office opposite the local hotel, and two days of bountiful discoveries. Limited tickets for the exclusive Magnum Tasting & Dinner at Beaumont cost R450 per person and include rare cellar releases, fabulous food and sheer sommelier excellence. Tickets for the Pink Gin and Bubble Polo sunset party which starts at 5pm cost R150 per head and include a welcome drink, a happy box of spring snacks and the bubble soccer action. And would you like transport? R100 per person per day, will take you round to the farms of your choice. For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com. For more information on the Bot River Spring Weekend 2016 contact Melissa Nelsen at Cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
Saturday, 3rd September. The Table Bay’s MINI CHEFS is the perfect recipe for teaching children that cooking is an enduring life skill that can be healthy, artistic, creative, and sometimes quite surprising! Each two hour class provides an interactive learning experience that gives children between 5 and12 years of age the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts, whilst celebrating South Africa’s rich culinary heritage. What is in the oven this week : Banana Bread, wild garlic rolls and mosbolletjies. Cost: R300 per child.  Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Wednesday, 7th September Tuning the Vine, Cape Town. Buy your pre-sold #InnerCityWineRoute tickets online and whizz your way towards the wine. Making it easier for you to beat the queues, we’ve introduced three new quick ticketing points for pre-sold Quicket ticket holders. Our winged wine fairies will be waiting to welcome you at The Gin Bar, Weinhaus & Biergarten and Dapper so be sure to find them for a simple start to your tasting adventure. You’ll just need your ticket (printed or on your smart phone) and your wineglass, map and wristbands will be handed over. Pre-sold ticket holders can also grab their wineglasses, maps and wristbands from 91 Loop and La Parada; where Groupon vouchers can be redeemed and limited tickets will be on sale. Get Tickets
Friday, 9th September Discover the true tastes of Italy with Anthonij Rupert Wyne and Fiamma Swainston. While the thought of Italian food may conjure up pizzas and pastas, the heart of Italian cuisine is really about so much more. Chef HW Pieterse and his culinary team at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, in collaboration with renowned chef Fiamma Swainston, invite you to take a journey of culinary discovery as they treat your taste buds to an authentic Italian evening on Friday, 9 September. Leave your expectations at home and bring your curiosity along for an evening that celebrates the soul of Italian dining. Together with Fiamma, chef HW and his team will showcase a modern menu which remains true to its northern rural Italian heritage: focusing on flavour, quality locally-sourced ingredients and refined simplicity. Each dish will be carefully matched with wines from Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Italian-inspired Terra del Capo range. The evening’s menu begins with hot fried tartines (mini toasts), with piquant fillings of anchovy, homemade pickled vegetables and olive tapenade (produced from L’Ormarins estate olives). Next, enjoy a trio of starters with porcini mushroom flan, roasted bone marrow and a pickled mushroom salad. The main course of creamy, slow-braised oxtail risotto with oxtail croquette and gremolata will transport you to a family dinner table in northern Italy. The dinner concludes with a decadent chocolate and amaretti pudding, and crisp fried sweet pastry ribbons to dip in your espresso. The cost is R550 per person and includes the four-course meal, as well as all wines. Seating is limited to 30 people and pre-booking is strongly advised. For queries and bookings contact 021 874 9024 or ingridd@rupertwines.com.
Friday, 16th September. The Nederburg Auction at Nederburg. Details to follow
Saturday,  17th September. The Nederburg Auction at Nederburg
Friday, 23rd to Sunday, 25th September  Renosterveld Weekend: Together with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust Rita & David Trafford will be hosting a weekend of Renosterveld exploration and wine-tasting in the beautiful Overberg. Come and see why they are supporting this special initiative in their small way. Pack your hiking shoes and join them for guided walks by Renosterveld ecologists within two different renosterveld types found on Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve (near De Hoop) and on the Sijnn Farm. Here you will experience the privilege of seeing several rare and threatened plants which are only found within a very small part of the Overberg, while learning more about the ecology of this extremely rich and threatened ecosystem. You will stay at the Old Dairy Guesthouse on the Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve and enjoy warm fires, local food and Sijnn wines. Costs for this weekend will be R2500 per person, including all meals and activities. They can only accommodate 10 guests, so be sure to book soonestEnquiries to info@sijnn.co.za.
Saturday, 24th to Sunday, 25th September  Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. With Spring in full swing, what better way to savour all things new than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival from 24 to 25 September. Celebrate your heritage over a glass of Franschhoek wines, selected by the winemakers, and paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage. The ideal opportunity to travel from farm to farm sampling wines from the Franschhoek Vignerons. Visitors can also look forward to amazing festival offerings – the perfect excuse to stock up on wine for the upcoming festive season! With so much on offer you’ll be forgiven for wanting to make a weekend of your Uncorked experience. Avoid the queues and pre-book your Uncorked Weekend Pass through www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets cost R140 per person and allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. As an added extra, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to participate in a selection of outdoor activities on offer during the weekend. Watch the press for further details. For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za for further details and a list of participating farms.  For regular updates follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.
Sunday, 25th September from 10h00 to 15h00  Groote Post’s Country Market. Groote Post will again be a hive of activity, brimming with delectable and beautiful country offerings. Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines as well as loads of kiddies’ activities. In addition, the August market will be featuring some exciting new stalls as well as live music. Local will always be lekker, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Darling Mushrooms, Weskus Worswa, Udderly Delicious Cheese, Darling Pomegranate Products, Saucy Boys’ organic preservative-free chilli sauces, marinades and spices, Darling Brew and more. After browsing through the market, visitors will be able to relax under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open as usual, but please note that booking is essential. The kids, as always, will be kept busy with a wide variety of kiddies’ activities - tractor rides, face-painting, water-balls, guided horse rides and, of course, the popular playground. Although pets are welcome – all dogs must be on a leash at all times.  Visitors arriving without their dogs on a leash will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.  Entry to the Groote Post Country Market is free of charge. For further information on the Groote Post Country Market, contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za. www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za • Facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket • @GPCountryMarket
Wednesday, 28th September, 18:30 to 23:00. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners. Cost: R800 per person. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners offer intimate food and wine experiences at top winery restaurants in the Cape Winelands. With Guild Members hosting the tables at the dinners, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to the personalities behind the wines you will be enjoying. With sumptuous menus, each dinner promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience. There will also be a special charity auction at each dinner.  Funds raised will be donated to the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust which supports the Guild's Protégé Programme. The following venues will be hosting dinners: Catharina's - Steenberg Vineyards – Tokai; Cassia - Nitida Wines – Durbanville; De Grendel - De Grendel Winery – Panorama; Cuvee - Simonsig Wine Estate – Stellenbosch; Jordan - Jordan Wine Estate – Stellenbosch; Rust en Vrede - Rust en Vrede Wine Estate – Stellenbosch; Tokara - Tokara wine farm  - Stellenbosch. For more information or to make your booking, please contact the CWG office on 021 852 0408 or e-mail bookings@capewinemakersguild.com
Thursday, 29th September. WEST COAST FEAST AND FLAVOURS An evening of exploration, through the West Coast wines and food region in the style of a “West Coast Long Table”, with a focus on sustainability and foraging. Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc are  sure to make an appearance and make the night more extraordinary. Cost: R450 per person. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Friday, 30th September, 18h00 to 21h00 The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Final Pre-Auction Tasting, Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch. R450 per person - Ticket sales will open in August! A final preview of the wines crafted exclusively for the 2016 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. Sit down for a formal tutored tasting and sample exceptional wines with a creative edge and great diversity of styles, presented formally by the winemakers. 
Saturday, 1st October. The Table Bay’s MINI CHEFS is the perfect recipe for teaching children that cooking is an enduring life skill that can be healthy, artistic, creative, and sometimes quite surprising! Each two hour class provides an interactive learning experience that gives children between 5 and12 years of age the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts, whilst celebrating South Africa’s rich culinary heritage. Discover oodles of noodles : Whole wheat spaghetti, rocky road oats. Cost: R300 per child. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Saturday, 1st October from 09h00  The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will take place at Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The auction is open to the public. Telephonic and proxy bidding options are also available to those unable to attend in person. To find out more and to purchase tickets for the VIP lounge on Auction Day, visit: www.capewinemakersguild.com, email info@capewinemakersguild.com or call +27 21 852 0408
Saturday, 1st October The annual Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge offers some fresh challenges to adrenalin-seekers who sign up for the event taking place near Robertson on. A fun-filled sporting day for the whole family, the Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge includes not only mountain biking, but also a trail running competition across scenic farmland and mountains as well as food stalls, music and wine tasting. The centre of activities is the Van Loveren Family Vineyards, 90 minutes from Cape Town. In addition to four MTB routes varying in distance between 8 and 85km, there’s also a 10km trail run. All entrants will receive medals upon completion of their chosen activity, while there are prizes and lucky draws to the value of over R 40 000 up for grabs. The event has built up a loyal following over the years and regulars at the Java MTB Challenge use the race to train for the upcoming Wines2Whales; Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek; and, To Hell and Back. The 8km route is an easy, non-technical fun ride that’s suitable for children and perfect for families to do together. The 20km is ideal for beginners and lies mostly along a jeep track with some single track. It’s not very technical and only covers 250m in elevation. The 45km is suitable for an intermediate level of experience, taking riders over elevation variance of 800m. The 85km route however, is gruelling and should be attempted only by very experienced riders. It covers virgin territory following the commissioning of a new route last year, and custom-built single tracks. The 1600m elevation will challenge even the most seasoned riders. All riders with a Racetec chip will be timed.  The trail run takes participants across the Breede River, through vineyards and along the Elandsberg Mountain.  Although only 10km in length, the 350m variance in elevation and rocky terrain is sure to test runners’ endurance. The trail run is a self-timed event, so no race chip is needed. By entering the events, participants support very worthy causes. The Java MTB Challenge is a fundraising platform for local schools and charitable organisations that assist with organising and logistics on the day.  Beneficiaries for this year’s event are Robertson Primary School, Robertson Preparatory School, Goudmyn Rural School and Wakkerstroom Rural School. The Java MTB Challenge is sponsored by Van Loveren Family Vineyards, Pick ‘n Pay (Robertson), Monsanto, Roundup, Lelienfontein Vine Growers, Rola Motor Group, Tekco Pac Packaging Solutions, Imvusa, Cape Winelands District Municipality, Signet Printing, Glider Eyeware, Coca-Cola and YehBaby Digital Creatives. For more information, visit www.javamtb.co.za or contact Johan Rossouw on java@vanloveren.co.za or 023-6151505.
Wednesday, 12th October Tuning the Vine, Cape Town. Buy your pre-sold #InnerCityWineRoute tickets online and whizz your way towards the wine. Making it easier for you to beat the queues, we’ve introduced three new quick ticketing points for pre-sold Quicket ticket holders. Our winged wine fairies will be waiting to welcome you at The Gin Bar, Weinhaus & Biergarten and Dapper so be sure to find them for a simple start to your tasting adventure. You’ll just need your ticket (printed or on your smart phone) and your wineglass, map and wristbands will be handed over. Pre-sold ticket holders can also grab their wineglasses, maps and wristbands from 91 Loop and La Parada; where Groupon vouchers can be redeemed and limited tickets will be on sale. Get Tickets
Saturday, 15th October 2016, 18h30 for 19h00. Winemaker’s Table Dinner at Plaisir de Merle. Dinner paired with wines selected by Cellarmaster, Niel Bester, will be served in the Manor House. Tickets are available at R595 per person, five course dinner and wine included. Limited spaces are available so call 021 874 1071 or email info@plaisirdemerle.co.za to be part of this exclusive event.
Saturday, 15th October  La Motte Classical Music Concert. Junnan-Sun (Clarinet) and Elna Van Der Merwe (Piano). Winner of the 2015 ATKV competition, Chinese clarinettist, Junnan-Sun, is currently the principal clarinettist for the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa. He will be accompanied by pianist Elna van der Merwe – regarded as one of South Africa’s leading collaborative pianists. Book here Reservations: Angela at +27(0)21 876 8000 or concerts@la-motte.co.za
La Motte Estate’s gates only open at 18:00. Concert starts promptly at 19:00. Concert-goers with dinner reservations at Pierneef à La Motte should please be seated in the restaurant by 20h30. For more information visit our
Classical Music Concerts page.
Wednesday, 19th October  17h00 until 21h00. Caroline’s White Wine & Cap Classique Review is one of the most important events on the South African wine calendar. It is a showcase of a maximum of 60 wineries that have consistently achieved the highest accolades in all the top competitive platforms. Each of the selected wineries is invited to show just one wine for tasting by the public. This must be their flagship wine, and it will be shown by the winemaker personally. One can engage with them and learn, in an organised yet informal atmosphere in the ballroom. The annual event is to be held on at The Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Arrive anytime, and get your programme and crystal tasting glass at the entrance. Tickets at R200 are available exclusively at Computicket. Numbers strictly limited to 400 guests. Bookings open 15th September.
Saturday, 29th October, 18h30.  Meet Summer’s entrancing orchestra. The Table Bay’s four part seasons-inspired sensory journey culminates in October with an orchestra of Summertime perfumes and a festival of vibrant seasonal flavours. Jaunt the delightful scents of the Cape’s bright Summer and the titillating tastes of the season’s indigenous gems in a three stage, sensory dinner experience hosted by Executive Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams and bespoke perfumer, Tammy Frazer. Relish Summer. Be inspired. Cost: R450 per person. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Sunday, 30th October from 10h00 to 15h00  Groote Post’s Country Market. Groote Post will again be a hive of activity, brimming with delectable and beautiful country offerings. Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines as well as loads of kiddies’ activities. Local will always be lekker, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Darling Mushrooms, Weskus Worswa, Udderly Delicious Cheese, Darling Pomegranate Products, Saucy Boys’ organic preservative-free chilli sauces, marinades and spices, Darling Brew and more. After browsing through the market, visitors will be able to relax under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open, but please note that booking is essential. The kids, will be kept busy with a wide variety of kiddies’ activities - tractor rides, face-painting, water-balls, guided horse rides and, of course, the popular playground. Pets are welcome but all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Visitors arriving without their dogs on a leash will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.  Entry is free of charge. For further information, contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za. www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za • Facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket • @GPCountryMarket
Saturday, 5th November.  The Table Bay’s MINI CHEFS is the perfect recipe for teaching children that cooking is an enduring life skill that can be healthy, artistic, creative, and sometimes quite surprising! Each two hour class provides an interactive learning experience that gives children between 5 and12 years of age the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts, whilst celebrating South Africa’s rich culinary heritage. Enjoyed a foraging garden visit : Special lettuce wraps, Oscar’s chocolate brownies. Cost: R300 per child. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Wednesday, 9th November Tuning the Vine, Cape Town. Buy your pre-sold #InnerCityWineRoute tickets online and whizz your way towards the wine. Making it easier for you to beat the queues, we’ve introduced three new quick ticketing points for pre-sold Quicket ticket holders. Our winged wine fairies will be waiting to welcome you at The Gin Bar, Weinhaus & Biergarten and Dapper so be sure to find them for a simple start to your tasting adventure. You’ll just need your ticket (printed or on your smart phone) and your wineglass, map and wristbands will be handed over. Pre-sold ticket holders can also grab their wineglasses, maps and wristbands from 91 Loop and La Parada; where Groupon vouchers can be redeemed and limited tickets will be on sale. Get Tickets
Thursday, 17th November. DISCOVER THE TERROIR Delve in the idea of “terroir”, the concept that wine and food tastes of the place it comes from. We will revel in wines made by some far-flung and remote wineries, often with unique climates – alongside interesting ingredients and dishes from these regions. Cost: R450 per person. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988
Friday, 18th & Saturday, 19th November Chardonnay Festival for Hermanus. Hemel-en-Aarde Wines is pleased to announce that the Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration will take place for the first time this year on 18 & 19 November. The event will focus on the exceptional quality and the distinctiveness of the Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnays, the cool climate and excellent terroir. The Chardonnay Celebration will be more informal than the Pinot Noir Celebration and more aimed at the general wine enthusiast, but it will be conducted with style to showcase the beautiful Chardonnays from the Hemel-en-Aarde. The festival will be hosted at The Thatch House, a luxury holiday villa nestling on the edge of the Klein River Lagoon, offering unsurpassed mountain and sea views only 5 min drive from Hermanus CBD. The Celebration will kick off at 16:00 on Friday, 18th November with the spotlight not only on Chardonnay, but also on all the other wines produced by the 13 wine growers from the Hemel-en-Aarde. The participating wineries include Whalehaven, Southern Right, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Bouchard Finlayson, Storm Wines, La Vierge, Sumaridge, Newton-Johnson, Restless River, Ataraxia, Creation, Mount Babylon and Domaine Des Dieux. The Saturday will focus exclusively on Chardonnay in the form of a tutored tasting hosted by Dr Winnie Bowman (Cape Wine Master, respected wine journalist and previous Chairperson of Institute of Cape Wine Masters), followed by a Chardonnay pairing lunch created by some of the best chefs from the area.  Tickets for the tutored tasting and the designer chefs’ lunch will be limited to 150 people. The tutored tasting will start at 11:00 on Saturday morning. Chardonnay tastings will continue throughout the afternoon after lunch when guests can immerse themselves in lawn croquet, Boules and sunset boat cruises on the lagoon. Guests will be able to purchase either individual tickets for the three different events or a weekend pass which will allow access to all events. The Celebration will conclude on Saturday evening to allow guests the freedom to visit their favourite wineries in the Hemel-en-Aarde on the Sunday. Transport to and from the event will be made easy and fun with the Hermanus Wine Hoppers running routes from different pick-up points for the duration of the festival. There is a good enough reason to come to Hermanus to join in celebrating this unique cultivar from such a unique wine growing area: “with only 350ha of vineyards, the Hemel-en-Aarde is one of the smallest winegrowing areas, but also one of the best-performing in South Africa and on the world stage. Today we are especially proud of the recent local and international achievements of our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Come celebrate with us” Says Dieter Odendaal, Coordinator for Hemel-en-Aarde Wines. Media enquiries: Dieter Odendaal 082 659 2318 dieter@hemelenaardewines.com www.hemelenaardewines.com

Saturday, 19th November Francois du Toit (Piano) La Motte Classical Music Concert. Francois du Toit is widely acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest pianists, chamber musicians and music educators. He celebrates his 50th year with a special recital just for La Motte featuring some of his favourite works including Haydn F minor variations, Ravel Alborada del Gracioso and Chopin’s Sonata No.3 in b minor. Book Tickets. Reservations: Angela at +27 21 876 8000 or concerts@la-motte.co.za. La Motte Estate’s gates only open at 18h00. Concert starts promptly at 19h00. Concert-goers with dinner reservations at Pierneef à La Motte should please be seated in the restaurant by 20h30. For more information visit our Classical Music Concerts page.

Sunday, 27th November from 10h00 to 15h00  Groote Post’s Country Market. Groote Post will again be a hive of activity, brimming with delectable and beautiful country offerings. Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines as well as loads of kiddies’ activities. Local will always be lekker, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Darling Mushrooms, Weskus Worswa, Udderly Delicious Cheese, Darling Pomegranate Products, Saucy Boys’ organic preservative-free chilli sauces, marinades and spices, Darling Brew and more. After browsing through the market, visitors will be able to relax under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open, but please note that booking is essential. The kids, will be kept busy with a wide variety of kiddies’ activities - tractor rides, face-painting, water-balls, guided horse rides and, of course, the popular playground. Pets are welcome but all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Visitors arriving without their dogs on a leash will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.  Entry is free of charge. For further information, contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za. www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za • Facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket • @GPCountryMarket
Wednesday, 7th December Tuning the Vine, Cape Town. Buy your pre-sold #InnerCityWineRoute tickets online and whizz your way towards the wine. Making it easier for you to beat the queues, we’ve introduced three new quick ticketing points for pre-sold Quicket ticket holders. Our winged wine fairies will be waiting to welcome you at The Gin Bar, Weinhaus & Biergarten and Dapper so be sure to find them for a simple start to your tasting adventure. You’ll just need your ticket (printed or on your smart phone) and your wineglass, map and wristbands will be handed over. Pre-sold ticket holders can also grab their wineglasses, maps and wristbands from 91 Loop and La Parada; where Groupon vouchers can be redeemed and limited tickets will be on sale. Get Tickets
Saturday, 10th December La Motte Classical Music Concert. Christmas Programme with Beverly Chiat and Violina Anguelov. The annual Christmas concert at La Motte features celebrated mezzo Violina Anguelov who is joined by long-time colleague coloratura soprano Beverley Chiat for an evening of festive oratoria, songs and Christmas carols. Johan Nell returns to narrate the Christmas story and Albert Combrink will accompany on the piano. Admission: R200. Reservations: Angela at +27 21 876 8000 or concerts@la-motte.co.za. La Motte Estate’s gates only open at 18h00. Concert starts promptly at 19h00. Concert-goers with dinner reservations at Pierneef à La Motte should please be seated in the restaurant by 20h30. For more information visit our Classical Music Concerts page.
Sunday, 18th December from 10h00 to 15h00  Groote Post’s Christmas Country Market. Groote Post will again be a hive of activity, brimming with delectable and beautiful country offerings. Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines as well as loads of kiddies’ activities. Local will always be lekker, with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including: Darling Mushrooms, Weskus Worswa, Udderly Delicious Cheese, Darling Pomegranate Products, Saucy Boys’ organic preservative-free chilli sauces, marinades and spices, Darling Brew and more. After browsing through the market, visitors will be able to relax under the trees while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open, but please note that booking is essential. The kids, will be kept busy with a wide variety of kiddies’ activities - tractor rides, face-painting, water-balls, guided horse rides and, of course, the popular playground. Pets are welcome but all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Visitors arriving without their dogs on a leash will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.  Entry is free of charge. For further information, contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or eldre@iloveyzer.co.za. www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za • Facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket • @GPCountryMarket
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