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INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION

A different perspective protesting farm workers & voilence in the winelands

Jen Su

Loving the lifestyle and, of course, the Wine


CONTENTS 2013

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Table Talk Special Report Exclusive Interview Competition Now You’re Cooking

17. Exclusive Interview with Jen Su

23. Doing It Durban Style

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Living the Life

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We’ve Been Drinking

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Taste Team

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Get Out

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11. A Different Perspective

28. Taste Team - Pop of the TOPS


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Letter from the Editor Images: Mark Freeborough

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actually can't believe that this year is almost at its end. It has been quite a year for us all at Wine Extra HQ and one that we will look back on fondly – ok, mostly… As with all years, 2012 has been jam-packed and had several ups and downs. For our wine farmers, the harvest was one of the longest, but hugely successful, however to the latter part of the year, the industry has suffered a major blow by the strike of seasonal workers. In this month's Special Report, we feature excerpts from the diary entries of one of the farmers who was right in the thick of the recent strikes, sharing his thoughts and efforts to restore peace. It is at this time that I feel it is imperative to highlight the dangers on our roads during the festive season. South Africa has one of the highest road death tolls, so if you're planning a long road trip, please ensure your car is roadworthy, take regular breaks and please, don't drink and drive! There are fantastic chauffeuring services such as Goodfellas who will ensure you AND your car, gets home safely after a booze filled party and even though it may well be slightly expensive, the losses you'll experience due to having a criminal record will be much more damaging. Alternatively there are taxi services at even the smallest of coastal towns. Enjoy the break if you have one, enjoy the summer sun, take the time to smell the roses and try something new before 2013 and please, enjoy some great wine! Cheers 2012!

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'Rightful owner' of Chateau Badette awarded €2.75 million

The European Court has awarded €2.75m in damages to the plaintiff in the long-running dispute over a St Emilion chateau. The plaintiff, Christian Pascaud, will be paid the money by the French government, which had earlier dismissed his rights to the estate due to a technicality over his illegitimacy. The dispute centred on Chateau Badette, an 8ha Saint Emilion Grand Cru in the commune of Saint Christophe de Bardes. It was first put up for sale at auction in 2008 by the town of Saint Emilion and finally sold in March 2012 for €4.77m to Jean-Francois Janoueix. The chateau had been bequeathed to St Emilion

in 1998 by William Arreaud, in return for his being able to live in the estate until his death, with its upkeep being taken care of by the city. But Arreaud's illegitimate son, Christian Pascaud, challenged the ruling after his father's death in 2002. Two French courts in 2004 and 2006 overturned Pascaud's claim, despite DNA evidence showing parentage, because under French law paternity can be claimed up to 10 years after a claimant turns 18. Pascaud was born in 1960. A ruling in July 2011 by the European Court found these two French rulings were in contravention of Pascaud's 'right to respect of The

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private life and family', under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. This month, the 5th section of the European Court met in Strasbourg to set compensation and damages in the 'Pascaud versus France' case. Its â‚Ź2.75m ruling was published on 8 November. Pascaud's lawyer Bertrand Favreau told local newspapers 'the case should never have reached the European courts.' The French government now has three months to pay, or to make a final challenge to the ruling in front of the European Court's grand chamber. Despite the ruling, it is believed that the 2012 sale of the estate will stand. (Article courtesy of Decanter.com) Christian Pascaud

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Eight-Time Grammy Award Winner And Entrepreneur Fergie Launches Family-Owned Ferguson Crest Wines Fergie and her father, Pat Ferguson, are proud to launch Ferguson Crest, the brand new line of wines home-grown and produced at the family's own California vineyard. Ferguson Crest will feature a Syrah, Cabernet, two Viogniers and a red blend to be called “FERGALICIOUS.� All products are available for purchase at www.FergusonCrest.com.

Set at the highest point in Solvang and overlooking Santa Ynez Valley, Ferguson Crest is a family-run boutique winery devoted to producing top-quality varietals. Founded by Pat Ferguson and his daughter Fergie in 2006, the winery captures the essence of Santa Barbara County, while tending its vineyards through organic, sustainability minded practices that help preserve the richness of the land.

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“I am so proud and excited for the world to see and taste what I've been working on with my father for the last few years,” said Fergie, co-founder of Ferguson Crest. “Not only is it a thrill for me to open a winery, but to do so with my father makes it even more special. We hope Ferguson Crest will be a part of memorable meals and family gatherings for wine fans around the world. We know it will be as special to other families as it has become to ours.”

From the Viognier to the Syrah, the wine is cultivated by Ferguson Crest winemaker, Joey Tensley, a Food and Wine magazine awardwinner whose Syrahs have ranked in the Wine Spectator top 100. The first grapes were planted in 2007, when the winery was only a half-acre of land. Since 2007, the winery has added over six acres of land, and harvested grapes for production in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. (Article courtesy of WineBusiness.com)

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English Wine-Seller Uses Prince Harry's Nude Photos for Wine Labels A Cotswolds wine company is using the scandalous images of Prince Harry for a new rosé (and is making bank). At least it's a step up from a Hitler wine label: an English wine company has taken Prince Harry's naked gaffe in Las Vegas and turned it into a fruitful new venture, a naked-Prince Harrythemed wine.

Creek told the Cotswold Journal that sales of the rosé are up 200 percent. Said Creek, "We haven't done anything like this before but we thought this merited a bit of fun and was too good an opportunity to miss." So far, Prince Harry and Buckingham Palace haven't requested a bottle, but you can get one for a cool £7.50 (About R100). The 2011 French Rosé is a "vivid pale strawberry pink with aromas of crushed red berries," according to Sheldon's website. It's a limited-edition label, so get your hands on it while you still can.

As soon as the royal's little slip-up was exposed to the world, Peter Creek of Sheldon's Wine Cellars was whipping up a new wine label featuring Harry, reports the Cotswold Journal. After all, a royally embarrassing moment had to end up on Sheldon's Royal Blush wine. The wine company and artist Dan Lacey quickly drafted a cartoon image of Prince Harry's snafu and put the bottles on shelves.

Speaking of that Hitler wine, Creek apparently has no plans to extend his Prince Harry series with a label based on the young royal's 2005 escapade, in which he was photographed at a house party in Wilsthire wearing a Nazi uniform.

Apparently, the marketing move is working;

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Is it an Icicle? No, it's a Corkcicle! This brand new innovative product has just hit South African shores. No need for cumbersome ice buckets or watering down your favourite Chardonnay with ice. The Corkcicle chills wine from inside the bottle and keeps wine at the perfect temperature, saving you from making those annoying trips to the fridge to fetch and return your bottle. This neat gadget contains a freeze gel so you can use it over and over again. Simply keep it in your freezer and when you open your bottle of wine or bubbly, pop it into the bottle to keep it chilled whilst you savour the wine in your glass. The Corkcicle comes in a range of colours and is the perfect gift for any wine lover. It was voted 'Best New Product' at The New York Gift Fair and has had many other rave reviews across the globe including being listed as one of Oprah's favourite things! The Corkcicle will be available from Pick 'n Pay liquor stores www.yuppiechef.co.za and www.wineweb.co.za to name a few.

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The Jonker family

A Different Perspective

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hilip Jonker, the owner of Weltevrede, one of the famous Cape Wine Estates that was hit by the farm worker protests and uprisings in recent weeks, wrote about his lifethreatening experience in the following newsletter... November 16th, 2012 - Some time ago someone asked me what my dream is and I wrote: To day by day step into the bullring of everyday life where the adrenaline is pumping and blood flowing, to say and do and live to the utmost the full measure of each day. To be filled with enthusiasm, to live inspired, to keep dreaming and to let others dream. To live the freedom to which I am born again.

This week I can't use the term 'everyday life'. Life as we know it in our celestial valley came to a sudden halt. Towers of black smoke spiralled upwards and shots rang through the air – from a distance seeming completely unreal, like you're watching a movie. The roads amongst vineyards and orchards were barricaded with burning tyres, rocks and chanting people. Windows of police vehicles were smashed, stoned with rocks. All permanent employees were kept hostage and there is an emotion charged climate of fear and hatred hanging over everything, the lines of worry written on the faces of people. Saddest of

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huge pressure there was not one who stayed away. They all came to work. When I saw their dedication, but also the fear on their faces, I thanked them and gave them the past two days off for the safety of their homes. Sadly, the instigators portray this as an uprising of farm workers. On Thursday I received the first phone call that a group of hundreds is on its way to Weltevrede. I quickly went to our farm workers at their homes and warned them so they could lock and stay out of sight. We closed the winery and offices and the management were sent to my home. Everything was deserted except for me waiting. It was so quiet and all I could do was sit and quietly speak to God. I heard them coming long before I could see anything. Their thundering chants of “Viva!” and “Amandla!” echoed against the hills surrounding Weltevrede. It became louder and louder until eventually the mass of people arrived. I think it is normal to fear at that point when more than five hundred angry, armed and emotionally swept up people come toward you man alone. But I did not feel an inkling of fear because I wasn't man alone. I discovered in me, by the grace of God alone, His spirit of love, power and a sound mind.

Children walk at the front to protect protesters.

all is to see how the children are being wrapped up in lawlessness, partly due to the excitement but also deliberately to keep the police from using rubber bullets. Small children cry out, “Boer, we are going to burn down your farm!” and another one next to him would cry out, “Do we have Kinderkerk on Sunday?” Before the troubles started I called a meeting with our farm workers. I reminded them that we are there for them and that we'll do all we can to keep them safe. I offered them my phone number to call me should anyone be intimidated or threatened. I invited them to come stay with me in my home if anyone feels unsafe. Little did I know that my phone number would be used so frequently during the next few days, not to ask for help, but to alert me about possible dangers, updating me on own initiative of what they see or overheard. I received between ten and twenty phone calls! I am touched by the deep loyalty and commitment of the Weltevrede workers. Despite

I walked into the dancing and jumping crowd armed with pangas, machetes and clubs (knopkieries). I went up to the leader, looked him in the eye, smiled and shook his hand. Showing respect from a source of powerful humility within caught him by surprise. It was visible on his face, and parts of the crowd started to calm down. The leader asked me to sign a paper to acknowledge their request of R150/day. This was quite strange as I am not their employer, but as they were only asking for acknowledgement of their request I signed. The group were still chanting “Viva!” and “Amandla!” So I asked the leader if I could speak to the people, which resulted in another look of surprise. He turned around and showed the masses to quiet down. They passed a megaphone to me. It became dead quiet. This isn't the kind of unprepared oral they teach you at school. I can't remember all I said, but I do remember that I spoke hope and encouragement. I looked at them and loved them. I encouraged them not to lose hope and to hang on to the dream. I told them our fight is not

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SPECIAL REPORT against flesh. I told them that we are brothers and sisters and that we should talk, not fight. They asked me what I think of the R150 request. “Personally I wish it could be 250, 350 or a thousand. But it isn't realistic,” I said. I told them to look around them, to see the standard of the housing we provide, to consider the fact that Weltevrede pays on average 80% above the minimum wage set by government and has never failed upping that annually. But still I admitted there is still much to change, I admitted that there is always room for improvement, but we need to build together to sustain the economy of our valley and the realisation of that dream. “Let's not break down,” I said, while in the corner of my eye I saw smoke coming from one of my Chardonnay vineyards. “We have to build,” I continued. We have a choice to be negative or positive, despite our circumstances. The words we speak can spark destruction or it can spark life. I told them I know their conditions and we all need to work hand in hand, step by step, to bring change. But we also need to be patient. Change doesn't come overnight. And the “Viva!” and “Amandla!” was exchanged for shouts of “Amen!” People from the crowd came pressing up against me, all wanting to shake my hand. One man came up to me and said, “I shake your hand, Mr Jonker, not because of what you just said, but for what you do in the community.” I couldn't think of what he refers to. Maybe it is Kinderkerk? The SABC news showed a cut and edited version of the gathering at the gates of Weltevrede. The fact that it was cut left some need for interpretation. I received many sms's and phone calls congratulating me, but there were many farmers thinking that I signed for R150 and took the side of the lawless marchers. November 17th, 2012 - In faith we believe the more than 3 hour meeting was good, but both Oubaas and I are emotionally drained now. We had only one agenda, that, however, the several of the members of the meeting have some additional motives. They are not interested to use the law of the country to bring those employers who are acting outside the law to justice, they are adamant to use illegal methods on a broad scale to paralyze the economy and get effect. However I believe that our meeting at least stopped a serious disruption of Bonnievale on Monday and I trust that workers will be allowed to go to work. The 13 WINE EXTRA January 2013

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November 18th, 2012 - The weekend is coming to a close and involved a total of more than 12 hours of meetings in the community, of which some were worship meetings thankfully. I attended three worship meetings this morning. In the community there is concern about the lawlessness, but also support for the cause of the strike. At the second service a man looked me in the eye and encouraged me, and I was caught off guard when my eyes got teary. During the afternoon I attended a community meeting of the marchers – probably about 60 or 70 people max. They did not expect me there at all. If they deem the way I farm or treat my employees or live my lifestyle to be incorrect, they may challenge me on that. Then I must change. But in the same breath I am taking the mandate today to challenge them on their conduct. We all have to do introspection. What words passed our lips this week? What thoughts crossed our minds? From which well does this flow? I challenged us both to put us in the other's shoes. The meeting this afternoon gave me better insight into their thoughts. Amongst the leaders there are the fighters, the peace makers, the negotiators, the stubborn. And in the crowd most debate wisely, but there are those individuals whose voices seem like cutting blades, bitterness from deep wells of hurt. It is encouraging that the leaders did urge the crowd to stick to peaceful methods, to ensure children do not get involved again and to stay away from lawless practices. I do get the feeling though that this was partly because I spoilt the party, but I won't judge their sincerity. Listening to their worries gave me a better understanding of their real concern for the lifestyle and situation of farm workers. The whole action may be completely overdone and unwisely aggressive, but it will lead us to contemplate each farm's standards. It is true that many farms are not profitable and that this may be a tough chapter to work through, but let's do all we can to reach agreements. If the marchers' intentions are purely to raise the living standards of farm workers we are together in their cause, because this is the heart of most farm owners I know. It is probably more a matter of urgent improvement and what step up is possible immediately.

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SPECIAL REPORT We have a meeting again tomorrow at 06h15. At the same time one of our managers receive death threats. Please pray for his safety. November 20th, 2012 - Everything is peaceful. On the surface at least. Appreciating it while it lasts. I am still so saddened by the effect on the children. Some adults may understand the reasons for the violent actions, the statements some want to make by their unlawful actions, the plans of others to defend themselves, but children interpret it differently. At pre-school the little ones do not play Cowboys and Crooks anymore. The play “Farmers and Strikers”. Where there has been a beautiful unison amongst the little ones suddenly everything is black and white again. Toddlers who can barely speak yet, call out, “We are going to burn down your farm!” Yesterday I drove through a very peaceful Mountainview. Everything seemed back to normal, except for a little cute girl, probably six or seven years old, who pretended to throw a stone at my vehicle. This never happened before. She has no grudge personally. She simply saw these things last week. I can understand when older people still have bitterness about the past. But we all hope that with a new generation the scene is set for things to be different. How could we allow this to happen? Do we want to lose another generation to racial division and prejudice? Over the past few days I have had a few questions

that could not be answered by the leaders of the strikers: 1. If this was really an uprising against the wages and standard of life of farm workers, why were there no negotiations or communication of any form beforehand? Why was this such a sudden and violent action without warning, almost from nowhere? 2. If this was about conditions on the farms in our area, why did this violent action start in more than 10 towns exactly on the same day? 3. If this was about the farm workers, why aren't the farm workers striking? The group of violent protesters are mainly outsiders, people from town and jobless ones. Not farm workers. 4. If this was really about bad treatment on farms, why were businesses targeted who generally look better after their employees? I won't state my perception at this stage, as I am still quite puzzled. But rest assured, whatever is hidden in darkness the truth will be proclaimed from the rooftops. I do not think peace is here to stay. We have till December 3rd to sort our hearts out, get our priorities in line, to build relationships. Thereafter, if not sooner, all hell may break loose and then we need to know who we are, who is with us, and who is against us. November 24th, 2012 - I don't think life will ever be the same again. It feels like I have been poured out like a drink offering. I can't recall much and I am glad I did write down some

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thoughts along the way because as we reach this weekend all seems back to normal again. Almost as if nothing happened. The only evidence being the skeletons of scorched vineyards and circular black marks of burnt tyres on the roads. I had meetings with our farm workers this week. I know I have said it before but I am so touched by their commitment. Yesterday I confessed to them again that I realize all isn't what it should be on the farm. There is much to be done to better their socio-economic conditions. I would like to see them develop, earning more and for their children to have a bright future. This morning I was surprised when one of the young men came walking up to me and said he wanted to talk to me. “I am prepared to speak on the radio and television, I will tell the country we are content,” he said. This was an unbelievably bold step from him, because in our community you are easily labelled if you make your loyalty known and the pressures are fierce. So I don't expect any of them to show their loyalty publicly. This week I also had meetings with fellow farm owners. Some good things were said and farm owners were encouraged not to act on emotion and not to do things that may give others the chance to point us out as aggressors. Much of the meeting was spent on safety and security. “What shall we do when December 4th arrives?” is asked. But the real question probably is, “What shall we do before the 4th?”

Earlier this morning I went to Mountain View, Happy Valley and the squatter camp. After threats of strikes and mass action most people were prepared for the worst today, but instead people greeted each other on their way to work, carrying their food parcels in the one hand, waving with the other hand. I saw a father leisurely walking hand in hand with his little boy. The images of the serenity of this morning were truly special as the sun rose over the peaks of the mountains surrounding our valley. The only contrast was one individual who ran around with a whistle, piece of sharp iron in the hand, trying to invite a following, but he remained alone….

December 4th, 2012 - It is the morning of the 4th. The valley woke up to the singing of birds. There is peace.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Jen Su South Africa - the beauty of nature, the friendly people, the lifestyle and, of course, the fantastic wine!� Images: Mark Freeborough Shot on location at 15 On Orange

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en Su describes herself as a fun-loving, determined, hard-working, assertive and positive person who greatly appreciates all of the amazing opportunities that have come her way in life.

You're Chinese, but where do you originally come from? Well, I was born in the States and spent most of my young childhood there, but then my family moved to Taiwan where I went to school.

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Where did your career start? I entered a singing contest and by some fluke I ended up winning it. [Surely it couldn't have been just a fluke! – Ed]. To be honest, I didn't really want to enter and my landlady really encouraged me to go for it. She repeatedly heard me singing in the shower and said that I had to enter the contest, which is similar to Idols. Initially I said “NO way!” as I was really shy at that stage, but in the end winning the contest changed my whole life. I became very well known around Taiwan and Asia. I went on tour throughout the South Pacific, Europe and the US and while I was on tour one of the heads of one of the biggest television stations, China Station, got in touch and asked whether I'd be interested in substituting as a news presenter as one of the anchors were unavailable. So, I moved to Bangkok and became a news anchor and absolutely loved it. Then I moved on to Hong Kong where I was a news anchor for Star News Asia and then I fell in love… So, how did you end up in South Africa? Well, my husband is American, but he got transferred to South Africa for work. It was a pretty hard start actually. Not only did I have to leave what was a dream job in Hong Kong, I also had to move here, with a completely different culture. I didn't know a single person in the whole of South Africa, except for once meeting Nelson Mandela in Thailand at a press conference, but I don't think that really counts. It was such a shock for me at first, especially when I asked the immigration company about my potential work prospects here. His response was so negative saying that there really were no Asian personalities in the local news and TV industry, let alone ones with American accents. I had many rejections, as no one really knew where to place me, despite the people being very warm and receptive.

It turns out that what they said to be my disadvantage turned out to be my strong card and even though I started out with a 5 minute slot once a week on 5FM, it was 5 minutes to 3 million people, which is really what kick-started things for me. You do some pretty serious news reading, but then there's the celebrity side of things. How does that work? Well, they're two very different styles of presenting. That's part of the reason why, when I'm on Sky News for example, I'm known as Jennifer Su, but when I do the celebrity style reporting on 5FM, Expresso or Top Billing, I'm simply Jen Su. I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to be a bit different and diverse, which is quite a lot of fun. How do you feel about your move here now? Considering that I came here kicking and screaming and today I couldn't be any happier, it's not bad going. I'm so happy I never listened to myself in the beginning. Initially I thought I was going to give it 6 months and see how it goes, I'm glad that I stuck it out for longer as you really can't judge a book by its cover and with all of the bad press the country gets overseas, it really discouraged me, but now I really see why it's such an amazing place. Whenever I go back to Asia I go on so many talk shows and always make a point to tell everyone what an amazing country South Africa is. The beauty of nature, the friendly people, the lifestyle and, of course, the fantastic wine!

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How did you finally get noticed here? I got lucky. Star News Asia has an affiliation with Sky News Africa. I used to watch the Business Report and got myself an interview, which happened at exactly the right time as they were looking for a Chinese speaking presenter to get involved with Summit TV. At the same time I got involved with Gareth Cliff and 5FM, we did a demo together and I'm still on the show every week after 4 and a half years.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW When did the world of wine open its doors to you? I started drinking wine in Hong Kong. I hadn't really had many opportunities to drink wine before that. Growing up in Taiwan, there's so much import duty on the wine that it is practically unaffordable and wine really wasn't that popular there. When I was a news anchor, I used to attend more corporate functions with important business people and it was there that wine really came into my realm and I really loved it from the start.

Fairview, L'Ormarins, Tokara, Laborie, Hamilton Russell, Spier, Moreson, Meerlust, Haute Cabriere and I think Franschhoek in particular is special. There are so many wonderful farms and it's always a new experience to visit a farm where I hadn't been before. Do you enjoy red wine much? Yes, I really do, however I've recently developed a really strange allergy where I can't drink red wine with seafood. It makes me really ill. If I drink red wine on its own, it's not a problem, and seafood with white wine works perfectly too, but red and seafood together is just a total no-go zone for me.

And South African wine specifically? When I arrived here I was blown away at the quality and affordability of the wine. I made a point of visiting wine farms in Stellenbosch, Paarl and have made friends with the owners of Mischa in Wellington. I love the way that the wine culture is so intertwined with daily living and really enjoy the fact that wine goes so well alongside a braai as it does with a gourmet meal. Do you have a favourite style of wine? Yes, I absolutely love Sauvignon Blanc. It's really fresh and light. My favourites are from Mulderbosch, Anura, Laborie, Delaire Graff and Splattered Toad. I still can't believe how the quality of the wines is so high, yet the prices are extremely competitive. Which farms do you particularly enjoy visiting? Mischa is right up there, but I enjoy going to

If a wine were to be made called the 'Jen Su', what would it be? It would most definitely be a Sauvignon Blanc with fruity aromas and definitely dry. Light and crisp, that would be the perfect wine for me. We could even call it 'The Mad Hatter' – a perfect representation. Can you recall an embarrassing incident that might have occurred after having a glass or 2 too many? There are too many! Fortunately I'm not one of those celebs who are always in the papers for their drunken antics, bad behavior or crashing cars after too much too drink. I'm quite petite, so I tend to pace myself and drink a glass of water in between each drink. Being Asian doesn't exactly help my case much, but fortunately I don't turn red like most other Asians and that helps a lot. I did however once have a little too much to drink, but it was so hot in

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the venue that I actually fainted. That was quite embarrassing. Wine does have a way of creeping up on you, so I'm generally quite aware of it. What is the whole red-faced drunk Asian thing about? Well, it's an enzyme that we have which reacts with alcohol and makes us turn bright red after just one drink. It's similar to being lactose intolerant. If you could have a glass of wine with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose and why? Lady Gaga without a doubt. I love her way. She's everything combined. Eccentric, yet passionate and to think that only 5 years ago she was a waitress and to see how far she's come, she must be an absolutely riveting person to talk to. I enjoy people who aren't regimented and out there with a touch of crazy.

What is the most expensive wine you've ever had? I had The King 3 as well as a Penfolds Reserve Cabernet, which cost the equivalent of R50,000. I actually felt guilty drinking that wine, but wasn't going to let the opportunity pass me by.

Where do you particularly enjoy drinking a good wine? There's nothing better than hanging out on the beach with some wine, sundowners on a beautiful day with friends, but also just next to the fire in wintertime. Wine is such a great way to bring people together. People relax and let their hair down. It really doesn't matter where you are. Do you have a wine collection at home? I do. I have a dedicated wine cellar in my Jo'burg home. Somehow it needs such regular replenishment!

Jen Su's thoughts on the Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2012: I think this is a fantastic wine. Dry with a crisp texture and delightfully refreshing. I would love to visit the winery after sampling this!

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Bruce von Pressintin

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erman-born, South African chef Bruce von Pressentin is eagerly anticipating the upcoming summer season, leading the team at the restaurant at Longridge Wine Estate. He has gained valuable experience working in England and Scotland before featuring in kitchens at Cassia, Pete Goffe-Wood's Food Alchemy, The Vineyard Hotel and Olive in Stellenbosch. Bruce and culinary consultant Marilou Marais work closely together to create seasonal menus inspired by the freshest seasonal produce and gourmet simplicity. “This job and this restaurant mean the world to me and is the opportunity that will definitely shape my career. It has been the break that all chefs dream about and the state-of-the-art kitchen has a view to die for. Sometimes when I'm up to my elbows with preparations, I look up at the gorgeous sight of Table Mountain and realise that I would not want to be anywhere else in the world. I am extremely excited about the newly introduced summer menu and can't wait to get cooking,” mentions Von Pressentin. Visit the Restaurant at Longridge 7 days a week.

Gnocchi Gorgonzola INGREDIENTS For the gnocchi: 600g Cooked potato (roughly 4 large potatoes) 300g Flour 1 Egg Handful of chopped parsley Salt Pepper to taste For the sauce: 400g Gorgonzola 500ml Cream To garnish: 50g Toasted walnuts Rocket 100g Shaved parmesan Olive oil The 23 WINE EXTRA January 2013

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METHOD Preheat oven to 180ยบC. Put a pot on the stove with water and have a tub with ice water nearby. Roast the potatoes whole, skin on, until soft. Take out and cool down for 5 min. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop it out. Scrape it through a fine sieve or a potato masher and put it in the fridge to cool down. Mix the potato with the flour, egg, parsley and season to taste, roll out to about 2 cm in diameter. Cut it in 2 cm pieces. Add to the boiling water one by one until they float to the surface. Remove and cool down in ice water. Remove and let the gnocchi dry. For the sauce, heat the cream and add the gorgonzola - add some extra herbs to taste. Heat up a pan with a little butter and fry the gnocchi off until golden brown. Add to the sauce, take off the heat and let it stand for 2 minutes. Garnish with crushed walnuts, plenty of parmesan and rocket, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

WINE PAIRING LONGRIDGE Chardonnay 2009 R90 www.longridge.co.za

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LIVIN’ THE LIFE!

Doing It Durban Style By MARYNA STRACHAN

The Historic Manor House

These ladies had an absolute ball!

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don't go to Durban much. I recall going there on holiday when I was 3 years old and then again a couple of years back for The Durban July horse racing event. So, when The Wine Show decided to take a tour to Durban, I was quite excited. Lush and green, the tropical area definitely has an appeal. The humidity in summer, perhaps not as much‌ However, due to popular demand amongst the producers we opened The Wine

Show doors to Durbanites on the 23rd of November at the Durban Exhibition Centre. There was a definite level of excitement amongst the team as the months of preparation drew to a crescendo. There were about 50 stands, all looking beautiful and ready for a weekend of fun wine edutainment as is the case with all of the other Wine Shows. The Friday night saw a steady influx of show The

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visitors all keen to sample some of the best that the Cape Winelands have to offer. The Wine Theatre was packed at every session and several visitors specifically commented on the informal atmosphere, which was conducive to them asking more questions to the wine makers and marketers. It's all about learning more, experiencing the

different styles and varieties and having a great time in a relaxed environment. That's what The Wine Show is about and why it's such a huge success wherever it goes. Our media partners, East Coast Radio, were supportive and I got to spend a fair bit of time with DJ Peter G, showing him some of my show favourites and just chatting about wine in general. It just brought to light again how lucky

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LIVIN’ THE LIFE! us Capies are who have these amazing farms on our doorstep to just be able to drop in, sample, learn and savour the beauty and environment that gives us so much joy and pleasure. Whilst planning the show, the organisers were met with much speculation by other producers who insisted that Durbanites didn't know much about wine and that the only wines that would sell in that market were Sauvignon Blancs and Merlots at the lower end of the price spectrum. This couldn't have been proven more wrong with many wine lovers opting for higher end wines that had depth and body. We were pleasantly

surprised by the wine knowledge displayed by many of the visitors who had a genuine affinity for the wines, recognising the distinct qualities as they supped their way through the wide selection of wines on offer. Most of the brands represented at the show were completely unknown by most of the visitors, so for the producers, it was an excellent opportunity to showcase their wines, with most of them making excellent sales along with creating a valuable opportunity for brand building as well as connection building with many of the local restaurateurs and liquor store owners. Since it was still November, we got in the spirit of Movember, the charity that raises awareness of

Mo of the Show winner Duane Thomas receives his prizes from Uschi van Zweel from La Vierge and Marcel de Reuck from Crow's Nest.

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Prostate Cancer in men. With wine prizes sponsored by Crow's Nest and La Vierge vineyards, we chose our Mo of the Show and the winner, Duane Thomas, walking away with some delicious wines on the day. So, it stands to be said that The Wine Show team will be back in Durban in 2013 with an even bigger and better show. And, who knows, there might even be a Bloemfontein show on the horizon‌ Now that's exciting news!

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WE’VE BEEN DRINKING...

Klein Parys Charl Sias MCC

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lein Parys vineyards, the home of top quality wines produced from the Klein Parys Estate by world renowned winemaker Kosie Möller. This historical estate, situated in Paarl in the heart of the picturesque winelands of the Cape is well known for producing award winning wines and a major attraction for wine lovers. Only 60km from Cape Town, Paarl (derived from the "Pearl of the Cape") is a major attraction for tourists and a popular destination to enjoy the top quality wines. Klein Parys is the oldest and most historic estate in Paarl. Handed out to the French Huguenots (Le Roux Family) by Willem Adriaan van der Stel, the then governor of the Cape, in 1692, only 40 years after Jan van Riebeeck arrived on his small boat, the Drommedaris. Kosie Möller together with his wife Beatrix, twins Kosie and Nicholas, youngest Charl-Sias and dog Quercus (scientific for the oak of which barrels are manufactured) acquired the estate in June 2002 and has since established it as an icon estate in the production of

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premium wines of the Cape. We fell in love with the Charl-Sias MCC recently. A very unique blend of cultivars made in the Methód Champenoise style and made up of Viognier, Nouvelle, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Impeccable balance feeds through to a biscuit palate with vanilla undertones, a fine mousse and soft-golden colour. Different in every way to more traditional Chardonnay/Pinot Noir style bubblies, it certainly stands out, impresses and beguiles. Pa s s i o n , s p e c i a l c a r e a n d personal attention from the winemaker, top quality grapes and a state of the art winery combined, are the main ingredients of the world class wines produced at Klein Parys. Klein Parys is a dream come true for Kosie Möller and his family (and Quercus). The goals are high, but passion and commitment will prevail in inviting the clients and consumers of wines produced at Klein Parys estate to be partners and friends in this beautiful dream.

Klein Parys Charl-Sias MCC Contact cellar door for your nearest retailer 021-872 9848 R200 per bottle www.kleinparysvineyards.co.za

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Pop of the TOPS

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ver recent years we've seen the rise of the TOPS at Spar chain throughout South Africa to reach what it is today, the biggest liquor chain in our country. Exclusive to TOPS, is a great range of wines, known as Olive Brook. Specially selected parcels of wine have gone into the range to bring you, the consumer a selection of super-quaffers that are easy to drink, full of flavour and best of all, very affordable.

As usual, each team member had their favourite, whilst others didn't appeal to specific palates, but that's what it's all about. Overall, they were pretty impressed with this lineup, so read on to see what their thoughts are and which wines stood out most for them.

Click on each taster’s image to read more about them

Abby

Daisy

Nathan

Charlotte

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TASTE TEAM Olive Brook Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pop of the TOPS Olive Brook Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2012

RRP: R34

Olive Brook Chardonnay 2012 RRP: R47

RRP: R47 Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores. Quote: Daisy – “…as though there was a lush green lawn with fairies picnicking on your tongue.” www.topsatspar.co.za

Daisy says... A very herbaceous nose – green pepper, asparagus and grass, which carried right the way through to the palate; almost as though there was a lush green lawn with fairies picnicking on your tongue. The acid on this was a little high, but this didn't seem to detract from it being a very easy drinking wine. A good wine to stock up on for a casual braai or dinner party.

Charlotte says... Oh the green, green grasses of home – this is your traditional gooseberry, green, tart fresh apple fruit flavours that people love to find in their Sauvignon. Nice to find something that isn't trying to be what it's not - an unapologetic bright, easy drinking sauvignon blanc that is wallet and food friendly. Go on, crack open a bottle at the next braai and even feel free to chuck in some ice - I won't judge you, promise!

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Quote: Abby – “…distinct lightness as most Sauvignon Blancs do, it has a strong and delightful flavour to its palate.”

Quote: Silas – “This playful beverage reminds me of some of my favourite childhood sodas, but with a more 'mature' content.”

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Shy fruit on the nose, you certainly could pick up on the creamy element, which followed all the way through to the palate, alternating with undertones of tart gooseberry and a fresh, clean minerality. This is a crisp, cool wine, one to enjoy on a hot summer's day by the poolside. I had a craving for teaming this with some Snoek fresh off the braai.

I got whiffs of citrus on the nose and Grandma's home-made marmalade came to mind, but I found this wine a little flat on the palate. Taking in a second sip, however, and sucking in some air (you know, when one makes that delightful slurping sound), gave way to notes of creamy vanilla, which was totally yummy against the initial citrus.

Softer green notes on the nose – a combination of the lovely classic tart Sauvignon Blanc characteristics, but bolstered by a creamy, buttery yeastiness – almost like a nice bottle of bubbles. On the palate you get subtle grapefruit flavours and a nice l e v e l o f m i n e r a l i t y, b u t t h e creaminess dissipates to leave the green fruit flavours lingering.

People are funny about wooded Chardonnay and it has sadly fallen out of favour in drinking circles – but this would be a good step in convincing people to flock back to this much maligned grape. With its tangy nose filled with honeysuckle, jasmine and buttered lime flavours it really is rather enticing. Then a light, creamy vanilla flavour on the palate adds depth but certainly doesn't overwhelm the fruit flavours – all in all, a nice example of a balanced Chardonnay that has refined elegance but nothing too over the top, give it a go!

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Olive Brook Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2012

RRP: R34

Olive Brook Chardonnay 2012 RRP: R47

RRP: R47 Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores. Quote: Daisy – “…as though there was a lush green lawn with fairies picnicking on your tongue.” www.topsatspar.co.za

Nathan says... Never mind “Red, red wine”…think Green. Freshly cut grass, green peppers, apple notes and a tropical finish to boot. With a nice minerality that cuts through the summer heat and a wonderful lingering finish, this Sauvignon Blanc will leave you wanting more… and at R36 per bottle you can afford more… a lot more.

Abby says... A very crisp Sauvignon Blanc that is certainly best served chilled on a warm summer's day. It has a very grassy nose and this carries over onto the palate. Freshly cut grass and crunchy green pepper notes are prominent. You can almost imagine yourself sprawled out on freshly cut lawns enjoying a summer green salad and canapés when you sip this Sauvignon Blanc.

Silas Says... Definitely a keeper. If you have a little patience this may well be the wine for you. Allowed to chill, it takes on a complete life of its own. It's definitely not a shy wine, but very flavourful. This Sauvignon Blanc leaves an unmistakable aftertaste, complements of the bold aroma.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Quote: Abby – “…distinct lightness as most Sauvignon Blancs do, it has a strong and delightful flavour to its palate.”

Quote: Silas – “This playful beverage reminds me of some of my favourite childhood sodas, but with a more 'mature' content.”

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Call me uneducated or misinformed but I would rather term this a Sauvignon Blanc Sans Vie… as it has none. With noted lees contact I expected so much more. An enhanced flavour, a sense of depth, a drinking experience, but I just didn't get it. I will admit that I feel it definitely needs a few extra months maturation as it is still a tad young and this doesn't do the wine justice.

Awards Galore… Although unwooded it shows off creaminess with an acidity that slices through to bring to light fruitiness and thus a complexity I was looking for. The fruit seems to have wandered off somewhat and thus this wine seems a little one dimensional, though I do believe it will evolve in the next 6 months.

With such a light, shy nose one would assume that this will most likely translate into a faint, watered down palate. This is, however far from the truth! Although it still has that distinct lightness as most Sauvignon Blancs do, it has a strong and delightful flavour to its palate. A wonderfully enjoyable wine that is perfect to pair with some seared salmon.

A simple, syrupy Chardonnay with strong vanilla and butterscotch notes. It is very smooth and delicious and even though these decadent flavours are present, this wine is genuinely appealing whilst not overly sweet. An apple pudding type of Chardonnay, rather than a tropical fruit one.

I'm a little torn on this wine. If anything I have to give it credit for its attractive aroma. This isn't a wine I'll be quick to remember if I ever had a discussion on Sauvignon Blancs with anyone, simply because, for me, it doesn't really stand out in any way. It does, however, serve its purpose, a simple, easy drinking quaffer at a good price.

This playful beverage reminds me of some of my favourite childhood sodas, but with a more 'mature' content. The vanilla fragrance along with its bubbly nature make it hard not to feel like you're celebrating some special occasion. It's even worth making up a special moment just to celebrate it with a bottle of this Chardonnay.


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Olive Brook Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Olive Brook Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2012

Olive Brook Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

RRP: R34

RRP: R57

RRP: R35

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Quote: Charlotte – “Definitely a winner in my books.”

Quote: Nathan – “Looking for an everyday summer red? Look no further.”

Quote: Abby – “I really loved this wine and am beginning to be more and more charmed by unwooded Chardonnays.” www.topsatspar.co.za

Daisy says... My favourite of the evening. A delicious, fruity palate with the Chardonnay taking centre stage. Even if Sauvignon Blanc is your preferred varietal of the two, the Chardonnay wasn't so forward as to offend the taste buds. It just gave a lovely creamy mouth feel with hints of soft citrus and some lemon sherbet. A very moreish wine, which would undoubtedly complement food, but could also easily be enjoyed on its own.

Charlotte says... This wine won me over with its wonderful balance – the softer, fuller fruit flavours from the Chardonnay combine effortlessly with the crisp Sauvignon Blanc to give you a white wine that has several layers of flavour and complexity. With its roundness and yet also flintiness, this is a great food wine and one that would impress the guests at a dinner patry or would be equally at home at a party on the beach.

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This wine had a lovely 'dusty' salmon blush to it. Somewhat closed on the palate, showing some fruit, this is a surprisingly quaffable wine. Quite sweet which the majority of South Africans would enjoy, and definitely to enjoy chilled - I would cool this right down by finishing it off in the freezer before serving. I thought this would make a great Kitchen Tea wine, or perfect for a summer lunch with the girls; scrummy with quiche or a chicken salad.

What a perplexing wine! I had to have a second look at the label because on first sip, I thought I was drinking Pinotage. Flavours of toffee, vanilla and coffee burst through, mightily confusing the taste buds for a few moments. Once that had passed, however, it wasn't a bad wine. Added to which, the majority of South Africans enjoy one or more of those American elements in a red. And for R35, can you really complain?!

The peachy salmon hue instantly attracts and lifts your spirits. On a bright summer or spring day, this would certainly be my wine of choice – yes, it is dangerously easy drinking, but is not sweet plonk. Instead, it is dry, crisp, light and floral with rose petals and Turkish delight on the nose, and juicy light quince, quava and other bright tropical fruits on the palate. A lovely alternative to the traditional go to sauvignon and priced right too. Definitely a winner in my books.

Sometimes being a wine geek can get in the way of a good time. Initially I judged this wine negatively and then afterwards realised I was being far too pompously harsh on this funfilled, unapologetic quaffer of a wine. Yes it smells like a mocha latte with its sweet vanilla and coffee flavours, and yes it tastes like coffee infused toffees with hints of lavender and plum but you know what – when the braai is lit, the music playing and the latest rugby game is in full swing, it goes down rather easily without any pretentious sniffing or swirling required.

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Olive Brook Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Olive Brook Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2012

Olive Brook Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

RRP: R34

RRP: R57

RRP: R35

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Stockists: TOPS at Spar and selected Spar, SuperSpar and KwipSpar stores.

Quote: Charlotte – “Definitely a winner in my books.”

Quote: Nathan – “Looking for an everyday summer red? Look no further.”

Quote: Abby – “I really loved this wine and am beginning to be more and more charmed by unwooded Chardonnays.” www.topsatspar.co.za

Nathan says... Light, fresh and abundantly fruity. Summer in a bottle, should I say. For me, definitely the pick of the day. Palatable for everyone and a definite crowd pleaser. Multifaceted, yet incredibly easy drinking. Fun for everyone and another bargain at a mere R34 per bottle. Having a bottle in hand is reason enough to get the party started.

Abby says... An impressive wine for its remarkably reasonable price. Overall, very delicious with a sensual velvety nose, these creamy notes linger though to ones palate with smooth and sexy pear and whipped cream flavours. I really loved this wine and am beginning to be more and more charmed by unwooded Chardonnays.

Silas Says... I would definitely buy this wine. In volumes even. Not a heavy wine, it has a light sweetness, which I appreciate. For me the best part is the exceptional price of this wine. It seems to be more of a steal than anything else. To say the makers might be under selling this wine would be an historic understatement.

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Where to start? I don't really know what to make of it. Shy on both nose and palate, neither the Chardonnay nor Pinot Noir components seem to express itself or attempt to nudge into the limelight of the infamous similar blend from a well-known Franschhoek estate. Although immensely light and refreshing, I was expecting a touch more depth, maybe that's just me? A nice poolside wine on a hot day.

Looking for an everyday summer red? Look no further. This super quaffer is tremendously easy drinking, showing off hints of toffee and vanilla on the nose, following through on the palate and backed by a soft and appealing fruitiness. No, you may not be able to cellar it, but why would you want to? R34 per bottle = R204 per case of 6… don't even think of buying fewer at a time.

A lovely delicate and refreshing Pinot Chardonnay, it is a light rosey blush in the glass. On the nose there is a slight acidic tang as well as on the palate and a subtle, perfume-like note lingers. Overall it is very enjoyable and juicy making it the perfect accompaniment to delicious summer pasta.

A regal, dark red with a nose that one can only describe as coffee sweets as it seems rather artificial. Fortunately, a more luxurious toffee appears on the palate combined with dark fruits and plum. A very easy drinking wine that will be fabulous with a rich, hearty meal.

This wine reminds of a something I rarely think about, salmon. The existence of this deliciously rich and oily fish hadn't crossed my mind for ages until this bottle came up at our tasting. That aside it's the rose scent and tangy flavour, which I found particularly enjoyable.

An interesting red with deliciously fruity undertone. Think your favourite fruit juice meeting your coffee brand of choice and you have what this wine is all about. What would usually be individual tastes fuse together beautifully in one bottle for an interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.


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Cape Town

Valley is home to a myriad of renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants such as Asara, Spier, Brenaissance, Zevenwacht, Jordan, Middelvlei, Devon Valley Hotel and The House of JC Le Roux and was crowned South Africa's finest winegrowing area at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards 2012. Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 is a notto-be missed holiday highlight that treats holidaymakers and locals alike to an exciting 'bucket list' of attractions including authentic pairings, markets, braais and entertainment for all tastes and ages. Gourmet events to diarise include a Wine & Pizza Pairing Evening with Brenaissance owners Tom en Hayley Breytenbach at their brand new CafĂŠ Blanc de Noir restaurant (13 December). If you want to have a good time for a good cause then dust off those dancing shoes and book your table at the Dinner & Dance to be hosted at the Devon Valley Hotel with Sylvan Vale wines in aid of Stellenbosch Animal Welfare (14 December).

It is the season to be jolly and what better way to get your festive groove on than with a funfilled sojourn in the Winelands when the Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 offers a host of family-friendly activities at 16 popular wine farms from 8 until 17 December.

Asara will be hosting an authentic Pure Food Christmas Market (17 December) when selected food purveyors will be selling unique seasonal delights. With tables brimming with organic vegetables, gourmet sausages, local cheeses and artisan beers, this market day is ideal for that last minute Christmas Shopping and with live music and loads of kiddies entertainment it is a perfect day out for the family.

A foremost Winelands destination, Stellenbosch

Daily attractions include unique Fleur du Cap

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Wine & Salt Pairings at Die Bergkelder mountain cellar; Summer Celebrations with live music, wine and craft beers at Brenaissance; bubbly wine pairings at the newly revamped House of JC Le Roux, and Carols at Sunset for young and old at Middelvlei in the warm company of the Momberg family. The following 16 estates are participating in the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley: Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Bein Private Cellar Bergkelder/Fleur du Cap Brenaissance Wine Estate DeMorgenzon Dormershire Wine Estate Jordan Wine Estate Louisvale Wines Middelvlei Mulderbosch Vineyards Neethlingshof Wine Estate Spier Sylvanvale Vineyards & Devon Valley Hotel The House of JC Le Roux Vredenheim Zevenwacht

responsible drinking, so drink plenty of water, keep track of your wine consumption and do not drink on an empty stomach. Be sure not to drink and drive and note that no alcohol will be served to under 18's. For a complete programme and more information on the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley contact Tel: (021) 886 8275; send an email to events@wineroute.co.za, or visit www.wineroute.co.za.

Whether you need to impress the in-laws, spoil those overseas guests, keep the little ones busy during the school holiday or simply just want to escape the maddening festive rush, Summer in Stellenbosch Valley is your ticket to the good life. Kindly note that some of the activities need to be booked in advance. Summer in Stellenbosch Valley promotes

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GET OUT Devon Valley buckles up for Safari Lunch The sizzling Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 which offers of a jam-packed programme of fun, feasts and festivities during the festive season culminates with a sumptuous Devon Valley Safari Lunch – an exquisite food and wine pairing meander through this post-card pretty valley – on Monday, 17 December. For one day only, four popular Winelands destinations have teamed up to take your senses on an enlightening culinary journey of awe-inspiring Devon Valley wines matched with sensational dishes ranging from peculiar to palate-pampering tastes. This foursome comprises The House of JC Le Roux; Devon Valley Hotel & Sylvan Vale Vineyards; Brenaissance Wine Estate, and Middelvlei. Holidaymakers and visitors alike can buckle up for an exuberant taste adventure when the bus sets off for its first destination, The House of JC Le Roux, where a sparkling trio of treats awaits. The JC Le Roux Brut will be paired with a vegetarian California roll, followed by a flute of

their Pinot Noir 2008 matched with oysters, sea salt & lime zest whilst the JC Le Roux La Vallée paired with a Bobotie truffle, will get you in the right spirit for the next stop. A rosy affair allures at the Devon Valley Hotel where the Sylvan Vale Rosé will be paired with duck prosciutto on a potato rosti with glazed apple wedges and drizzled with a rosé and honey reduction. The crisp Ghost Tree Sauvignon Blanc is next on the menu and will be served with handmade tortellini with a prawn and monkfish filling, enriched with Grand Pandano slivers and a basil pesto cream sauce. The third cellar gem to be served up with a breathtaking view of the Devon Valley is the Sylvan Vale Pinotage Reserve which will tantalise with a falafel salad of seasonal delights, jalapeno hummus and peasant bread. The third stop on this unique cellar-to-cellar 'kuier' is Brenaissance Wine Estate for an interactive Wine & Pizza Pairing Lunch at its new Café Blanc de Noir restaurant. Estate wines will be expertly paired and enjoyed with a selection of homemade, gourmet pizzas – all in the hearty company of owners Tom en Hayley Breytenbach.

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The Devon Valley sojourn ends on a decadent high at Middelvlei Estate where brandy infused bananas on the coals and vanilla ice cream will cater for a cloud nine culmination when paired with the estate's famous Free Run Pinotage and a few other crowd pleasers. The Devon Valley Safari Lunch costs R250 per person and includes all the select wines and delectable food indulgences on the day. The adventure bus will collect all enthusiasts at Middelvlei at 10.30 and transport them to all the various stops. For enquiries and bookings contact Middelvlei Estate at Tel: (021) 883 2565 or send an email to info@middelvlei.co.za. This exclusive experience is limited to 30 guests only so book your tickets NOW.

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GET OUT Clos Malverne pulls out all the stops on New Year's Eve When the clock strikes 12 on the 31st of December you will want to be in the warm company of family owned wine estate, Clos Malverne, where an extravagant eight course food and wine menu and their maiden Rosé Méthode Cap Classique will end the year on a gastronomic high. This popular winelands hotspot in the heart of the beautiful Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch will pull out all the stops on New Year's Eve with a lavish Clos Malverne Food & Wine Experience, sharing for one night only eight of its most prestigious vintages, each paired with a matching dish. To add extra sparkle to this royal sensory indulgence, guests will toast the New Year with a glass of the estate's first Brut Rosé bubbly, which will only make its debut later in 2013 – so be the first to raise a glass to this elegant newcomer. Chef Nadia's exclusive menu kicks off with a sensational seafood trio which starts with a chilled Cucumber and Crayfish soup served

with a flute of Clos Malverne Brut, followed by Kingklip Ceviche matched with a glass of the estate's multi-crowned Sauvignon Blanc. The 2011 vintage sealed its second consecutive victory at this year's FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. Nadia's Prawn and Sole Ravioli completes this tantalising threesome and will accompany the Clos Malverne Chardonnay to your table. Food and wine aficionados will then be treated to a Smoked Ostrich Salad and the estate's popular Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz after which exotic Mushroom Mousse Stuffed Plum Tomatoes will share the spotlight with the limited release Clos Malverne Sophia – a superior red blend made in honour of the beloved family matriarch, Sophia Pritchard. Next on this whopping bill of fare is an oh-sogood Beef and Truffle Experience served with Clos Malverne's limited release flagship Cape Blend, Auret 2008. Her dessert duo includes a yummy Fig & Goats Cheese Tart married with the Clos Malverne Merlot before this memorable New Year's Eve celebration is rounded off with a Mango & Macadamia Nut Tart accompanied by a Clos Malverne Honey Dew goodnight kiss.

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Tickets for the New Year's Eve Clos Malverne Food & Wine Experience cost R468 per person, which include all the wines, and this not-to-bemissed evening starts at 20h00 and will carry on until the wee hours of the New Year. Prebookings are essential as seating is limited. For more information or the reserve your table contact Clos Malverne at Tel: 021-865 2022 or send an email to info@closmalverne.co.za.

Perfect Picnics at Uitkyk Get your family and friends together for a most delightful picnic at Stellenbosch wine estate Uitkyk this summer. Relax on the sprawling lawns surrounding the estate's neo-classical manor housed dating from 1788 while the kids keep themselves entertained on the Dreamweavers jungle gym.

Family picnics at Solms-Delta From 1 September to 30 April, Solms-Delta has scrumptious farm picnics, made by Fyndraai chef Shaun Schoeman and his team. A personal guide will carry your basket and blanket and help you to select a quiet spot on the forested banks of the Dwars River or overlooking the private Solms lake. Pack your costumes and towels and paddle and cool off in the river shallows. Numbers are limited to ensure a level of privacy. Pre-booking is essential. The baskets are freshly packed upon your arrival, so please expect a short wait (maximum 15 minutes) before being escorted to the river. There is a kiddies' menu and vegetarian picnics are available upon request. Click here to view our picnic menus. A choice of Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn, SolmsAstor Langarm or Vastrap, soft drinks or SolmsDelta Vogelvrij Spring Water is included in each basket for two. If you prefer to have your picnic at a table, you are welcome enjoy it on the lawn in front of Fyndraai restaurant. A picnic at Solms-Delta is a truly memorable experience and costs R145 per adult and R75 per child. To book: Tel 021-8743937 Ext 115, email restaurant@solms-delta.co.za

Gourmet picnic baskets, serving two, are on offer for R300 including a bottle of wine from the estate's Flat Roof Manor lifestyle range. The picnic baskets are packed to the brim with artisanal fare such as home-baked breads, spreads, cheeses, bobotie spring rolls, skewers with sausage, cold meats, savoury tarts, cruditĂŠs with tzatziki, salad, fruit, dark moist chocolate brownies with a hint of espresso and mineral water. Picnic baskets must be booked 24 hours in advance by contacting Bianca Brand on 021 884 4416 or bbrand@distell.co.za. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, in which case a R50 entrance fee will be applicable. This fee will, however, be waivered if more than R100 is spent on wine purchases at the estate's tasting centre. Guests may also bring picnic blankets and chairs, although picnic blankets can also be booked at no cost. The

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