From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Cederberg Private cellar

by Raluca Bauer on 31 January 2011 · 2 comments

There is a simple reason why I am talking about just one winery today: it’s because in this area (Cederberg) there is only one cellar!
And we are talking here about a 1036 meters above the sea-level winery. The highest one in South Africa
The road guided us through big citrus plantations embed in bizarre mountains valleys, where giants played with big rocks and forgot them in strange arrangements. We travelled among wild baboons not minding a bunch of tourists leaving a lot of dust behind them and we disturbed even a cobra (beautiful and fascinating animals). Unlike the baboons, this one .....

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Competition – for sure a good thing!

by Raluca Bauer on 29 January 2011 · 2 comments

There are two restaurants that captured our attention in Franschhoeck: “The Grill Room” and “Dieu Donne Restaurant”
I have to admit, that the name The Grill Room didn’t attract me at all – in the beginning.
BUT :
The menu is very considered, with simple and good explications and most important from our point of view, the choice of wine matches perfectly the offered food. And once again the waiters have been “the surprise”: a really attentive, smiley young women, yet straight in her recommendations, convinced us to follow her advice concerning the wines. And so we did without having any regrets .....

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Franschhoek Valley – the first days of harvest 2011

January 28, 2011

Previously a part of Paarl, now a district with 965 ha under vine, recognised for Cabernet and Sémillon. Cabernet (217), Sauvignon Blanc (215), Shiraz (200), Chardonnay (190), Merlot (143).
First of all I want to say that we received a lot of help and support from „our“ closest Tourist Information Centre in Cape Town (;-) thanks Amanda & Ligia/ office Waterfront). In this town we spotted easily 6 of these institutions without any searching. The ladies made almost all our reservations for accommodation and „armed“ us with several kilograms of guides, maps, books and advertising stuff. Unlike many other countries they .....

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Some info about South Africa

January 26, 2011

According to the latest available data (2006), South Africa is the 7th large wine producers
Number of wineries in 2009: 604
Total wine area: aprox. 101 000 ha
Consumption per capita (l): 6.9
Anual Local wine sales: 340 mil litres
Most planted cultivars: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay, Shiraz
Most Uprooted cultivars: Chenin Blanc and Colombard
Source:
2006 Overview of the SA Wine Industry
2011 Platter’s SA Wines

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“Poveşti adevărate” din Africa de Sud

January 24, 2011

Am degustat în ultimii ani vinuri foarte interesante din Africa de Sud şi poveştile lor ne-au convins să facem acestă călătorie pentru a descoperi şi pământul unde strugurii s-au născut, soarele sub care au crescut şi oamenii care i-au ingrijit.
După pregătiri enervante (viză, vaccin, permis de conducere internaţional, etc) şi un zbor obositor de 12 ore, am ajuns în sfârşit în Africa de Sud, în căutarea vinului
“Poveştile adevărate” vor fi descrieri ale locurilor care ne-au impresionat, poveşti ale localnicilor care ne-au ieşit în cale şi mai presus de toate “Cellar Tales”.
Hakuna matata!
 
Cel mai mare wine bar din lume
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An “Imperial” annual closure …

January 7, 2011

Finally, so to say on the last day of 2010 we managed to bring enough gourme(n)ts together “to kill” a big bottle which has been since longer time on my radar screen. Of course we have had also a marvellous dinner next to this and as I always say – every good cook needs inspiration. So we got ours from a very nice, traditional Claret and last but not least we learned, that a good year for reds doesn’t necessarily mean a good vintage for whites as well …
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