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TOKARA Shiraz releases wild herbs and berries in your glass

TOKARA Shiraz releases wild herbs and berries in your glass
TOKARA Shiraz 2017, the latest red wine to be released from this acclaimed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is a deliciously juicy wine made to share.

Crafted from TOKARA vineyards on the foothills of the Simonsberg, this barrel-aged wine presents a cacophony of flavours leaping from your glass. You’ll find succulent plums, blackberries and briar fruit with subtle notes of dried herbs, black olives and rosemary. The characteristic spiciness associated with Shiraz becomes evident on the palate supported by vivid red berries and plums. Fine chalky tannins leave a lasting, dry finish.

TOKARA Shiraz 2017 drinks beautifully slightly chilled, or enjoy it with roast pork loin, quail or duck breast...

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Gold rush for TOKARA wines in UK awards season

Gold rush for TOKARA wines in UK awards season
TOKARA wines have triumphed with a total of three gold medals at two highly contested UK wine competitions, the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA).

Bringing home London gold from the IWC, is the TOKARA Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2017, whilst the Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and the flagship Director’s Reserve White 2016 impressed sommeliers in the SWA gold medal stakes. The Elgin Sauvignon Blanc which earned winemaker Stuart Botha a FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 ranking on home turf last year, also received the SWA Food Match award.

The SWA is Britain’s only on-trade wine competition, focusing on wines served in hotels, bars, and restaurants across the world.
Described as ‘a classic...

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Family escape to Grande Provence in the Franschhoek winelands

Family escape to Grande Provence in the Franschhoek winelands
Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer.

This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hide-away at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that parents and children can do together.

Situated in the vineyards, La Provençale is an idyllic weekend or holiday destination for small groups or a family of four. Guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool...

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Constantia Glen named top SA White Wine and Sauvignon Blanc at IWC

Constantia Glen named top SA White Wine and Sauvignon Blanc at IWC

Constantia Glen has triumphed as South Africa’s best white wine overall and top Sauvignon Blanc clinching two trophies at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.

Applauding the Constantia Glen 2018 Sauvignon Blanc as top achiever overall with a score of 96/100, the judges described the wine as “breezy, stony but succulent” that showcases “a disciplined and deep core and intricate aromatics of flint and Cape gooseberry”.

Now in its 36th year, the IWC is widely held as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition.

The 2018 vintage is a classic Constantia Sauvignon, exemplifying elegance, texture and freshness.

“This was a particularly cool vintage with a very long ripening period f...

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Sighting of unbridled Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay

Sighting of unbridled Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay
Survivor, the free spirited wine range inspired by the hardy indigenous Nguni cow, has released its Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2018 after a complete sell-out of previous vintages.

This is good news for adventurous Chardonnay lovers who prefer the unpredictability and unbridled expression of naturally fermented wines.

Fermented in new 500L French oak barrels using only naturally occurring yeasts, the 2018 vintage rewards with oatmeal and lime leaping from the glass followed by invigorating layers of citrus on the palate. The wine shows excellent oak integration after maturing in barrel for 11 months.

“Our Chardonnay owes its unrestrained character, structure and fullness to the use of wild yeasts rather than commercially produced versions,” sa...

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Constantia Glen kick-starts winter with exciting new comfort food

Constantia Glen kick-starts winter with exciting new comfort food
Winter will be a hearty one at Constantia Glen with a selection of delicious homemade soups and more substantial dishes to tuck into at their tasting room.

Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian beef goulash served with Spätzle, French onion soup with croûte au fromage, and delicious potato and leek soup. Both soups are served with crispy, freshly baked bread.

Each of these winter warmers can be partnered perfectly with Constantia Glen’s elegant wines. Add an additional mouth-watering platter of artisanal cheese and charcuterie to your experience and enjoy the wonderful winter vineyard views.

The soups are available at R95 and...

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Roodeberg releases 2017 vintage in 70 year commemorative bottle

Roodeberg releases 2017 vintage in 70 year commemorative bottle
Roodeberg, the cherished South African red blend that resonates in the hearts and minds of wine lovers the world over, has released its 2017 vintage in regal packaging to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Launched in 1949, Roodeberg is a true South African original that has stood the test of time. This signature red is the heart and soul of memorable moments having evolved from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary classic in step with changing times and preferences but still rooted in tradition. Its rich heritage and colourful tapestry of wine folklore is the stuff of legends.

Developed originally as an honest expression of Cape red wine, Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a legendary pion...

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Heirloom treasures rule TOKARA’s new autumn menu

Heirloom treasures rule TOKARA’s new autumn menu
Waiting for a cherished ingredient to be back in season, is the heart of executive chef Carolize Coetzee’s cooking and the crux of her new autumn menu at TOKARA Restaurant.

Chef Carolize, who has been leading the kitchen brigade at TOKARA Restaurant since late last year, describes her culinary personality as feminine and playful, using classic techniques as a springboard for her creativity, while exploring the ever-shifting world of food memory.

Motivated by the nostalgia of her mother’s lovingly prepared food and heirloom recipes passed down from one generation to another, she approaches food with the expectation of reliving a fond memory.

“The memories and generosity of other chefs – whether professional or a passionate lay cook such...

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Top Franschhoek chefs join forces for StreetSmart fundraiser

Top Franschhoek chefs join forces for StreetSmart fundraiser
Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek, Monday, 6 May 2019

Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons for the second year running in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at an inspiring StreetSmart luncheon at Foliage on Monday, 6 May 2019.

After last year’s successful inaugural luncheon, Foliage restaurant has come on board again with Chris Erasmus teaming up with fellow chefs David Schneider of Chef’s Warehouse at Maison, and Darren Badenhorst of Le coin Français for a not-to-be-missed culinary fund-raiser. This singular food and wine experience will be enlivened with the vibrant sounds of acoustic pop artist John Niel, who will be performing at the event.

StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisatio...

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95 at Parks adds real Italian pizza to the menu

95 at Parks adds real Italian pizza to the menu
95 at Parks, the authentic Italian eatery bringing Chef-proprietor Giorgio Nava’s Milanese flair to the doorstep of the Southern Suburbs, is dishing up delicious pizza including the famous deep fried Neapolitan Montanara.

The new pizza menu comprising five top notch Italian classics, is offered daily in addition to the regular 95 at Parks à la carte menu.

Besides using the finest ingredients Nava is known for, what sets the 95 at Parks pizzas apart is the enhanced flavour and light texture of the bases made from dough that is left to rest for 48 hours.

“Our pizzas have been leavened with a mother yeast and beer and then left for 48 hours...

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