Nobu and Graham Beck Wines – wine, dine, sublime!

Wine, Dine, Sublime
Thursday 3rd May 2012

Nobu Restaurant


World renowned Nobu Restaurant in collaboration with the legendary Graham Beck Wine Estate invites you to a rare pairing of sublime Japanese cuisine and South Africa’s Finest Methode Cap Classique.

The dinner begins with the Graham Beck Brut pre drink, followed by an expertly paired six course meal. We begin with the palate teasing Scallop Tiradito, which tastes superb with the exclusive Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005.

As a special treat wine maker Pieter Ferreira has released the rare Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc 1993, this is to be paired with the mouth watering East Coast Sole.

To end the evening in style, the iconic Graham Beck Cuvee Clive 2005 will be served alongside the Chicken Brown Rice Anti Cucho Miso which was created exclusively for this dinner.

The evening promises to be a memorable event, one to outclass any others of its kind.

Arrival Drink
Graham Beck Brut NV


Scallop Tiradito

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005


Baby Spinach Salad with Lobster

Graham Beck Blanc De Blanc 2008


Rock Shrimp Tempura with Jalapeno Dressing

Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc 1993


East Coast Sole with Chilli Salsa

Graham Beck Brut Rose 2008


Chicken with Brown Rice and Anti Cucho Miso

Graham Beck Cuvee Clive 2005


Suntory Whisky Cappuccino

Graham Beck “Bliss’ Demi Sec


Champagne on the Brain: The Neurologic Health Benefits of a Glass of Bubbly

We have all heard that red wine is good for our hearts, white wine is good for our lungs, and – of course – all wine is good for our taste buds. But, recent findings have revealed Champagne may also be good for our minds. Move over Merlots and Rieslings, scientists now have Champagne on their brains.

An April 2007 article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported findings that identify Champagne as a source of brain protection. This sparkling wine, according to the study, may help protect the brain from the injuries common with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.

The reason for Champagne’s ability, according to the researchers at Italy’s Universita degli studi di Cagliari and England’s University of Reading, lies in the high presence of polyphenols packed within every bottle.

Polyphenols, chemical substances derived from plants, are antioxidants, which help cells avoid death, destruction, and things like cancer. Red wine, once again grabbing the spotlight, is generally thought of as containing the highest concentration of polyphenols – making it one of the healthiest types of wine to drink – but previous research indicates that Champagne contains a high amount of another type of polyphenol, one that has the brain in mind.

To prove their hypothesis, researchers introduced Champagne to the neuron cells of rodents. In other words, they took the mice out drinking. After separating mice cells into two groups – a control group that received no treatment and one that would be penetrated with Champagne extracts – the scientists triggered a stroke.

Their discovery was that the group of neuron cells penetrated with Champagne extracts demonstrated a significant amount of protection against damage, while the group of neuron cells left alone was not able to fight off destruction.

The reason for this, they concluded, was that caffeic acid and tyrosol, antioxidants found in polyphenols, contain anti-inflammatory characteristics. This keeps them from responding to injury and damage. Caffeic acid and tyrosol also possess the ability to remove toxic chemicals, expunging them from a person’s (or a mouse’s) body. Both of these factors work together to help Champagne “top off” our well being.

These findings have now led to further investigation of Champagne’s influence on health and human lifespan, with a specific interest on its influence over aging. In the past, “the bubbly” has always been thought of a drink you want in hand during times of glee. A spirit with a sparkling personality, Champagne seemed to find itself permanently fermented in a celebratory role.

But, as more and more research is performed, Champagne has a chance to turn over a new leaf in medical science.

This life preserving task may be one Champagne takes on anew, but it’s one we hope goes to its – and our – heads.

With members of the health community raising its rank, Champagne is our new champion. So, as it puts a cork in brain injury, we propose a toast to the Dom Perignons, the Veuve Clicquots, and the Louis Roederers of the world. Fill your glass and ease your mind.