Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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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.
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. 
Friday, 30th September to Sunday, 2nd October  Symphony Wine Festival at Montecasino, presented by Core Catering. The second year of the Festival, where again we will showcase the talent of the Johannesburg Symphony, including some of South Africa’s top artists in the music industry, who will perform on stage with the Orchestra. The Festival promises to be unique in terms of the new offering by focusing on entertainment with representation of all wine regions to showcase the diversity of the industry, as well as showcasing food and beverage from the various markets. In excess of 100 exhibitors will tantalise your tastes to ensure your entertainment. So come down to Montecasino from 30th September to 2nd October and enjoy the offering of great food and wine, as well as entertainment from the Orchestra and some of SA’s favourite musicians at The Symphony Wine Festival presented by Core Catering. MONTECASINO CARDHOLDERS Click here to purchase tickets
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.
Saturday, 1st October Durbanville Season of Sauvignon commences. Festival goers and Sauvignon Blanc lovers can look forward to a host of Sauvignon Blanc activities in the Valley during the month of October in the build up to the festival. A mere 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this wine route is fast becoming Cape Town’s destination of choice with its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and friendly atmosphere. October has been set aside as a month to delve deeper into the richness of Sauvignon Blanc and give visitors to the Valley intriguing experiences around this celebrated varietal. Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will each be celebrating the start of white wine season in their own individual style. Visitors can look forward to Sauvignon Blanc inspired menus in the restaurants, Sauvignon Blanc tutored tastings in the Tasting Rooms, fashion and art events as well as the chance to taste the variety of styles of Sauvignon Blanc produced in this picture perfect Valley. Festivities will commence on 1 October with the launch of the celebration of Sauvignon, where each of the participating farms will present the Valley Tasting in their respective Tasting Rooms. Relax in the comfort of your favourite Durbanville Wine Valley farm’s Tasting Room whilst tasting the Sauvignon Blancs of all 12 producers. The tasting costs R50 per person. A detailed festival program and information on ticket sales is available on www.durbanvillewine.co.za. For more information contact Angela Fourie events@durbanvillewine.co.za or 083 310 1228
Saturday, 8th October  Wellington Wines will be hosting a Pinotage Celebration on International Pinotage Day with a fun-filled Pinotage Celebration to honour South Africa’s only indigenous grape varietal. The day promises lots of activities for young and old at the Bovlei tasting venue in Bainskloof Road, Wellington from 08h00 – 14h00. The festivities kick off with a hilarious Pinotage Pilates session during which standard Pilates equipment will be replaced with a wine bottle and tasting glass, which participants can take home afterwards.  The first session is from 08h00 till 09hoo with more scheduled during the rest of the day. Pinotage food and wine pairings will be presented in the tasting venue and wine lovers can indulge in prime Pinotage wines and blends with perfect pairing partners such as biltong, boereworsfrikadelle and chocolate brownies.  Special tasting sessions will also be held throughout the day.  Wellington Wines will offer visitors a special 10% discount on any Pinotage sales and encourage consumers to donate these savings to the Pink Drive in aid of breast cancer awareness. The Pinotage produce market is the ideal spot for some shopping with delicious Pinotage inspired products, including jams, chutneys, relishes as well as other local products.  Wellington rock band The Inside Job will provide entertainment to ensure a festive atmosphere.  Visitors can bring their own picnic baskets and enjoy the day with Wellington Wines.  Tickets for the Pinotage Celebration are available at R150 per person at http://www.quicket.co.za. The day will end on a stylish note with the Pinotage long table at 19h00 in the evening.  The formal gala dinner includes a sumptuous three-course menu paired perfectly with suitable wines.  On arrival, guests can enjoy a glass of La Cave Pinot Noir MCC with mini bruschettas with roasted tomatoes, green pesto and a Pinotage reduction.  For starters, bobotie spring rolls with Pinotage chutney will be served with the 2015 Pinotage from the W Range.  The main course will feature slow-roasted lamb shanks on creamy cauliflower mash with a Pinotage sauce and vegetables and the 2014 Pinotage from the highly acclaimed La Cave range, recent winner in both the Terroir and Quest for the Best competitions. The sweet finale will be a decadent dark chocolate tart with poached Pinotage pear quarters served with the unique 2013 La Cave Cape Blend, a gold medal winner at the 2015 ABSA Pinotage Challenge, double silver winner of the National Wine Challenge, double gold winner in the Vitus Vinifera Competition and part of the top 10 wines in the 2015 Quest for the Best awards. Tickets to the long table are R450 per person.  For reservations, e-mail marketing@wellingtonwines.com. The Wellington Wines range was previously not available in South Africa, but will be on the shelves of local retailers shortly, while the flagship La Cave range will be released in select restaurants soon. For more information, visit www.wellingtonwines.com
Saturday, 8th October 10h30 to 13h00  Celebrate International Pinotage Day with Lanzerac. South Africa’s national wine now has its own day: Saturday, 8th October will be the second International Pinotage Day, a day where all wine-lovers are encouraged to raise a glass to the country’s most celebrated contribution to the wine world. Book your seat now for Lanzerac’s Pinotage Celebration, when they will offer a themed Pinotage tasting, followed by a light lunch. The themed Pinotage tasting includes:     A taste of barrel, bottle and  vinoteque Pinotage wines, A welcome glass of MCC on arrival, An underground cellar tour presented by Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan, Pinotage and chocolate tasting, Gourmet open sandwich with Pinotage poached pear, wild boar salami, Karoo blue cheese & caramelized macadamia nuts, paired with a free glass of Lanzerac Pinotage 2014. Cost: R190 pp. Contact: Lucrecia on 021 886 5641 or winetasting@lanzerac.co.za Booking essential, only 20 seats available!  Reservation confirmed upon payment.
Saturday, 8th October  The Hoghouse at Spier will be celebrating craft beer with Hogtoberfest in the grand tradition of Oktoberfests worldwide. Doors open at 11h00 for a great day of family fun, including Tailgating SA lawn games, live music, Spier wine, freshly baked breads & pastries and delicious Bavarian style barbecued meats. There will be a line up of three bands, including a traditional oompah-band and the Stone Jets. The rugby match between New Zealand and South Africa will be screened at 17:00. Tickets cost R150 and include a glass and free beer tasting of Hoghouse beer and five other local breweries. Each brewery is producing a special festival beer, so be sure not to miss out! Kids under 12 enter free of charge and will have ample space to play and enjoy the festivities on the Spier grounds. Tickets are limited so book yours now on Quicket. For enquiries, mail events@hhbc.co.za or follow #hogtoberfest. Be sure to designate a driver for the day, book a taxi or use Uber.
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 Pinotage on Tap. The Best Wine Event in the World! Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate. Wellington. Ticket Price R435 or R980 with a case of Pino! Bands: Zolani Mahola (from Freshly Ground), Cape Town Brass Band, Jazz Trio, Wynberg Boys High School Steel Drum Band, all under the direction of musical director, Richard Cock (creator of Starlight Classics). Your Ticket gets you Free-Flowing Pinotage on Tap, Lunch, Dessert. Live Music Bands + The Best Wine Festival Experience Ever! www.diemersfontein.co.za. Tickets are available from Computicket
Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th October  The Season of Sauvignon Festival is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley over the weekend of 29th and 30th October. The month of Sauvignon Blanc festivities concludes with the social calendar highlight over the weekend of 29th and 30th of October, and includes the participation of the Valley’s 12 prestigious wine farms as well as offer visitors a wide selection of fun-filled festivities. Each winery has its own charm with superb entertainment for adults and children alike. This truly unique and festive experience has led to the Season of Sauvignon festival winning a Klink award in 2015 in the ‘Crowd Pleaser’ category for Best Wine Route Event. On offer this year is the opportunity to be amongst the first to taste and purchase the Durbanville Twelve Sauvignon Blanc 2016. This wine, produced by the Durbanville Wine Valley from a ton of grapes from each of the 12 farms, will be available during the Season of Sauvignon and afterwards for sale from each of the participating wineries. A detailed festival program and information on ticket sales is available on www.durbanvillewine.co.za. For more information contact Angela Fourie events@durbanvillewine.co.za or 083 310 1228
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
Saturday, 3rd & Sunday, 4th December  The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard. Get ready for the social calendar event of 2016, with promises of amazing weather, beautiful people dressed to impress and most importantly South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC). It’s time for the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard, which takes place over the weekend of 3 and 4 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument.  Celebrate summer in style by adding a dash of colour to this year’s theme which is Black and White with a Floral Flair. Sit back and relax in the comfort of the grand marquee, which will be oozing style, elegance and sophistication, as you sip on one of the many local MCC’s and selection of France’s best Champagnes on offer. Local MCC producers at this year’s event include Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Colmant, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, JC le Roux, Pongracz, Simonsig, Steenberg and Villiera. France’s Champagne Houses will be represented by über glam brands such as Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut and Veuve Clicquot. “The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival allows visitors to sample exquisite, locally-produced dishes and Cap Classiques with the naturally-beautiful Franschhoek as a backdrop,” says Nadine Mouton, Vice President, Marketing, MasterCard, South Africa. “MasterCard is excited to once again bring this unique and priceless experience to wine and food lovers who admire the country’s best offerings.” Keep hunger at bay with a range of delights available from the local restaurants that have firmly entrenched Franschhoek’s status as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations. Bread & Wine, Haute Cabrière, Le Franschhoek, L'Ermitage, The Restaurant at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle are a few of the restaurants showcasing their menus during the festival. Your taste buds will be awakened with the world-class food offerings. The best-dressed couple will be awarded each day with a R5000 MasterCard gift card.  Spend your prize money on more bubbly to take home with you, or plan a trip to one of the wine farms showcased at the festival. Regarded as one of SA’s most stylish events, this is the perfect opportunity for men to dress up in their most stylish collared shirts paired with the trendiest trousers or shorts. The ladies’ fashions epitomize the ultimate in sophistication and elegance. Tickets cost R350 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, and a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. Additional vouchers can be purchased on the day. Children under 18 years will be allowed free entry to the festival. Book directly through www.webtickets.co.za, but hurry, as tickets are limited. Use your Mastercard payment card to pay and receive a 10 percent discount on your ticket purchase, as well as a 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the festival. For more information and regular updates visit www.franschhoekmcc.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA
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
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

This Week's MENU. Nederburg Auction 2016, Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, 1821 Grand Constance comes home, Asian Style Beef salad, Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon

A bee harvests the delights of an orange blossom
We wish all our Jewish readers Shanah Tovah and well over the Fast
Another great week of wine and some good food. Our car came back to us just in time for a period of intense travel. The festival season is beginning and we are having to visit Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Durbanville, Darling and Robertson all in the next couple of weeks. Our petrol bill goes sky high and we really appreciate it when the event organisers arrange transport for us. This is the height of the media season and the diary is rather full, so we will have lots to tell you about
The Nederburg Auction 2016      This year's Nederburg Auction had 146 items, 1034 lots, 10 506 litres of wine to auction and made a final total of R7 593 200 with total sales increasing by 23% over last year, in spite of a slightly lower volume on sale of 4% from the 2015. Tsogo Sun was the top buyer for 2016, with a total of just over R1 million, followed by the SPAR group and the Singita group of luxury lodges. We attended on Saturday and had an interesting and enjoyable day. We didnt buy anything this year, the high prices were daunting
A total of 18 lots were sold at the exciting annual Nederburg Charity Auction taken by Roland Peens during lunch, which raised just over R500 000 for two community-based organisations, the Breytenbach Centre in Wellington and the Hope Through Action project in Paarl. The highest price achieved was R70,000 paid for a single 750ml bottle of Petrus, 1988, signed by Christian Moueix that was donated by auctioneer Anthony Barne MW. If you would like the see the results in details go here https://www.nederburgauction.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2016-Results.pdf
A Historical “Home Coming” at Groot Constantia     Groot Constantia brought home an 1821 bottle of its famed Grand Constance. Groot Constantia was the successful bidder recently in an overseas auction for a 195 year old bottle of Grand Constance 1821, a wine that was produced in the Groot Constantia Cloete Cellar. They were so delighted at acquiring the wine and returning it to its origin that they invited a group of us to celebrate its return last week. They also promised a surprise event during the day
The 15th year of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge     The awards ceremony for this prestigious competition, sponsored by Portuguese cork producer Amorim, was held last Wednesday at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. There were 113 entries for the four categories: Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, Blended Brut and a Museum Class for wines including and before the 2008 vintage. And there were a few surprises this year. The labels usually at the top were not up there and two producers both took home two top awards. The wines are tasted blind by a panel of experienced judges and this year there was a change in judging procedures in that categories were narrowed, with judging no longer being done separately on vintage and non-vintage wines. And to promote inclusivity among producers, entries were open to non-members of the Cap Classique Producers Association. The winners are: Best Brut and Overall Competition Winner: Anura Brut 2011; Best Rosé: J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2010; Best Blanc de Blanc: Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV; Best Museum Class: J.C. Le Roux Scintilla Vintage Reserve 2008; Frans Malan Legacy Award: John and Erica Platter
On the Wine Menu this week: Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon blanc 2013     Lees and pears on the nose complemented with vanilla. Layers of crisp clean fruit delight in their complexity. Pears, apricots, pineapple add to the tingle. Such a good wine to pair with food
This is an easy to assemble salad using left over-beef. You can add lots of other different things like blanched mange tout peas, or thin beans, baby corn, bok choy, baby spinach, pea shoots, radishes or whatever edible items you have in the garden or in the fridge. Lynne used spekboom, nasturtium, and huge oxalis leaves
300g cooked beef from a roast, cut in thin slices - Sesame oil - Ponzu sauce - Tamari sauce - watercress - rocket - carrot strips - celery thinly sliced - one small bulb of fennel, thinly sliced - 8 baby tomatoes , sliced in half- herbs and assorted foraged leaves from your garden - basil leaves, torn - pumpkin seeds - sunflower seeds - black and white sesame seeds - light soy sauce - sweet chilli sauce - hot chilli sauce - soba noodles
Dress the beef with a dessert spoonful of both Ponzu and Tamari and set aside
Salad dressing
1T Ponzu - 1 T light soy sauce - 1 T sweet chilli sauce - 1t sesame oil - 1 t freshly grated ginger - 1 t hot chilli sauce
Cook the soba noodles, drain and while still hot pour over a teaspoonful of sesame oil, 1T sesame seeds - 1 T light soy. Allow to cool.
When the noodles are cool, put them into a wide dish. Mix up the salad ingredients and layer them on top of the noodles, arrange the beef slices on top and when ready to eat, pour over the dressing
1 T = 1 Tablespoon 1t = teaspoon




27th September 2016
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