It had been rumoured that Chefs Richard Carstens and Reuben Riffel were starting a joint venture after Chef Richard left Tokara Restaurant, after eight years in its kitchen, at the end of September. Despite requesting both chefs for information about the new partnership since then, the collaboration of the two chefs in the restaurant consultancy RiffelCarstens was only formally announced this week. Continue reading →
The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieved a record R10,6 million in sales on Saturday, held at the Spier Conference Centre, with wines of the wine industry greats sold and bid for by top wine collectors, including a mix of hospitality and private buyers. Continue reading →
I was invited to attend the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday evening, tasting some of the superb wines of the 44 members of the Guild, representing the best of the best of our country’s winemakers. The Auction Showcase is in preparation of the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, which takes place at Spier on Saturday 29 September. It was impossible to taste all 44 winemakers’ wines, so I have reported on those wines I tasted and the winemakers I spoke to. Talk of the Showcase was the resignation of three senior members of the Guild.
Three Cape Winemakers Guild protégés are to be sent overseas by the Cape Winemakers Guild’s Protégé Programme, to gain international experience. The Protégé Programme seeks to promote transformation in the wine industry. Continue reading →
Yesterday I attended a Tutored Tasting of some of our country’s exceptional wines, which had in common that they were made from vines many decades old. The Tasting was led by South Africa’s leading expert on Old Vines, Rosa Kruger being a passionate pioneer for the preservation of our country’s vintage vines. Continue reading →
Last night I attended a tasting of six wines by Cederberg Wines with Altitude at OpenWine on Wale Street. The Wine estate has the highest location above sea level, at 1036m, of all vineyards in the Cape. Continue reading →
Mossop will continue the good work of the Cape Winemakers Guild Continue reading →
To give wine lovers a taste of the excellent quality of wines to be sold at the 31st Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at the Spier Conference Centre on 3 October, a tasting of the 55 wines takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre tonight.
The focus of the Cape Winemakers Guild auctions is quality-crafted wines made by the select group of winemakers who form part of the elite Guild. Each of them makes a wine specifically for the Auction, and is branded and labeled as such. This year 34 red wines, 17 white wines, 3 Méthode Cap Classiques, and one straw wine will be auctioned, and available for pre-tasting, representing a total of Continue reading →
* The Design Indaba has announced that it will eliminate the Design Indaba Expo, largely due to the large drop in attendance this year, reaching the 2009 attendance level. The venue of the Design Indaba conference will change to Artscape, and the date will move from the last weekend in February. Owner Ravi Naidoo would like to take the event to Johannesburg and Durban too, as well as internationally.
* Camps Bay has made the 11th spot on the list of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches in the World. Ahead of Camps Bay on the top 10 list are Baia do Sancho in Brazil, Grace Bay in Turks & Caisos, Rabbit Beach in Sicily, Playa Paraiso Beach in Cuba, Playa de Ses Illetes in the Baleiric Islands, Anse Lazio in the Seychelles, White Beach in Aklon Province, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands, and Elafonissi Beach in Greece. Camps Bay is the only African beach on the list.
* ‘Neill Anthony: The Private Chef‘ is a new 13-episode lifestyle and cooking show to be screened on SABC3 from 15 March, at 16h30. It will reflect the cooking and catering Chef Neill does for high society and A-list socialites in their homes, as well as the sourcing of ingredients. Chef Neill has worked with Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Waering in London. The programme series is likely to be sold to international broadcasters. ‘Food is what I do. Keeping it local, seasonal and rustic‘ said Chef Neill.
* Noble Hill won three Gold Medals at the Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards, a competition judged by women Continue reading →