Graham Beck Wines and Zambezi Queen weekend

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Graham Beck Wines Activities during Wacky Wine Weekend

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Some great shows awaits you on Friday and Saturday evening en there are many different treats that will be on sale:


Beans about coffee:

 Americano – 250ml R15 / 350ml R20

  • Cappuccino – 250ml R15 / 350ml R20
  • Latte – 350ml R20
  • Hot Chocolate – 350ml R25


Oyster & Bubbly Bar:

  • Single Oyster – R 15.00
  • 6 Oysters  – R 75.00
  • 12 Oysters – R 120.00
  • 6 Oysters & a glass of bubbly  – R 100.00
  • 12 Oyster & 2 glasses og bubbly – R 220.00


Burgerlicious :

Lightly spiced Blesbok burger, toasted milk bun, onion marmalade

Smoked Paprika chips



Sticky smoked pork belly wrap, sweet chilli dressing


Pot Pies?

Lamb shank Rogan Josh in a creme fraiche pastry pie



Cheese selection

Cold meats

Potted duck liver parfait

Freshly baked breads

Marinated olives




We hope to see you there on one of the days during the Wacky Wine Weekend & Graham Beck Wines in ROBERTSON!!!






Graham Beck Wines at Rustic Cellar in Boca Raton

Don’t forget only a few seats left…. And the Menu is:

A roasted pear with Blue Cheese Starter. Followed with dishes known for the South African Fare. The tasting continues with: Bobotie with Blatjang, Bunny Chow, Rusks and Gatsby’s. (Chef will surprise you with some sort of sweet ending.

Friday Night Graham Beck tasting at 7:30PM… 25 pp++. RSVP Deb @rustic

Oh yeah and the Winemaker is bringing the following wines…

Graham Beck Brut NV, Brut NV Rosé, Blanc de Blanc, Game Reserve Cabernet, and Game Reserve Chenin Blanc (and maybe a couple of extras…)

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a winemaker and enjoy the wine and foods from south africa!

We are currently at 28 people and counting. It will be a fun night for sure.

Deb Brubaker
The Rustic Cellar, Inc.
409 S.E. Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
T. 561-392-5237
C. 561-756-6410
F. 561-372-8754

Rare Cape Winemakers Guild Founders Blend signifies 30 years of excellence

Originally posted by Cape Winemakers Guild on 12 September 2012 

A unique commemorative Founders Blend signifying three decades of winemaking excellence crafted by five founding members of the Cape Winemakers Guild which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, takes pride of place at charity auctions at celebratory dinners at various venues in the Winelands on Wednesday, 3 October.
The 3-litre bottles of the 2010 Founders Blend, a singular blend of wines from five of the original eight Guild founder members who remain active members today, will be auctioned in aid of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust and help to fund the Guild’s Protégé Programme. Wines made by two of the Guild’s protégés, Tamsyn Jeftha and Sacha Claassen, as well as 6 Litre bottles of the 2010 Members Reserve, created from wines of all the Guild members, will also go under the charity auction hammer.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners offer intimate food and wine experiences at seven top winery restaurants in the Cape Winelands. With sumptuous menus and Guild members hosting each table, these dinners promise to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners take place on Wednesday, 3 October from 18h30 at Cuvée Restaurant (Simonsig), Catharina’s Restaurant (Steenberg), De Grendel Restaurant (De Grendel), Jordan Restaurant (Jordan Winery), Overture (Hidden Valley),Terroir (Kleine Zalze) and Tokara Restaurant (Tokara).

To book your seat at R630 per person, e-mail

Founded in 1999, the Nedbank CWG Development Trust assists with education, training and empowerment of young people from wine farming communities and includes the Guild’s Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for young, upcoming winemakers.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction of rare wine crafted exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild, will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2012 from 09h00 at Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands. This auction is open to the public and is an annual highlight for private collectors both locally and from abroad.

To find out how you can attend the Auction to obtain these rare and exclusive wines, visit Cape Winemakers Guild website | email: or | Call: +27.218520408

100 best dishes – London eating

100 best dishes – London eating.




Talented Chef Garth Almazan of Catharina’s, who also provides the canapé menu for the Gorgeous by Graham Beck Bubbly Bar, co-presented a Bubbly and Canapé Workshop at the recent South African Food and Wine Blogger Indaba, along with Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira, cellar master at Graham Beck Wines. The talented duo paired three delicious canapés created especially for this sparkling occasion, together with selected Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique wines.


The popular workshop, which was booked out well beforehand, was attended by 20 respected food and wine bloggers, who gave the superb canapé and wine pairings a resounding thumbs-up.





Photographs courtesy of  Caylee Scholtz of who also attended the workshop during the SA Food & Wine Bloggers Indaba.

Just so GORGEOUS!!!!

Just Gorgeous!!

For an experience somewhat out of the ordinary, Chef Garth Almazan is serving up a new Canapé and Cap Classique menu at Gorgeous by Graham Beck, the brand-exclusive bubbly bar that shares a building with Catharina’s. Featuring five sumptuous canapés, to be savoured with selected wines within Graham Beck’s award-winning Méthode Cap Classique range, this is a sophisticated food and wine journey in a setting that is quite simply, well – gorgeous!

Savour delicious matches such as the Sugar Cured Grilled Salmon Trout with teriyaki sauce, salmon caviar and fried seaweed sipped with the flirtatious and fruity Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009; and round off your gourmet and wine journey with a heavenly bubbly and dessert duet of the Vanilla Panna Cotta with berry & lemon grass consommé and the Graham Beck Bliss NV.

The menu is available until 1 September 2012.

Opening hours are from 12pm to 10pm seven days a week. Seating is limited.

Gourmet Wine & Dine at Ruben’s with Graham Beck Wines

+27 21 431 4511 or +27 21 431 5888

Gourmet Wine & Dine Event

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Graham Beck Wines, a leading South African family owned wine estate, specialises in creating wines of the utmost distinction – both the still and Methode Cap Classique sparkling wines are renowned for their superb quality and unmistakable individuality. These wines reflect the passion in the vineyards and cellar – a passion which has earned countless accolades and awards as well as a dedicated legion of fans across the world.

Amuse Bouche
Kataifi wrapped Tiger prawn with spicy lemon
Graham Beck Brut NV

Salmon Gravadlax with Mushroom panacotta, herb sable, cauliflower essence, enoki & herb oil
Graham Beck Chardonnay 2010

Springbok Wellington with Carrot purée, roast artichokes, braised leeks & Bordelaise jus
Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2009

White Chocolate Fondant with Roast pear & raspberry salad & caramelised hazelnut swirl ice-cream
Graham Beck Demi-Sec “Bliss” NV

R325.00 per person
19h00 (arrival drinks), dinner served from 19h30

Gorgeous by Graham Beck – a bubbly bar in Cape Town By Jeanne Horak-Druiff

It had been one of those days. We had arrived in Cape Town early in the morning from London after a night of little sleep, non-functioning seat-back TVs and rather too much alcohol (refer to previous item regarding seat-back TVs!). I had purchased a data bundle at the airport to load onto my South African phone, only to discover that the fact that it was unlocked from the clutches of T-Mobile to accept calls on an SA SIM card did not mean it could accept data. One fruitless hour later spent in a mobile phone shop and still no prospect of a data connection, Ma-in-law had suggested we visit a nearby shopping centre that had been refurbished. But up until the point that we found ourselves stuck in the mile-long traffic jam she had neglected to mention that it had only re-opened the day before and was evidently jam-packed with customers. Many others might, at this point, have said “just shoot me” and given up. I, on the other hand, spotted the signpost to Steenberg and said “Let’s go to Gorgeous”.

One of the happy coincidences of being married to Nick is that his mom lives in the middle of a wine-making area in Cape Town. This means that if you have a little time on your hands and some comfortable walking shoes, you can actually walk from her house to Steenberg estate. Steenberg has been a farm since 1682 and wines were first produced there in 1695. Initially called Swaaneweide (“feeding place of swans”), it was later renamed as Steenberg, in honour of the imposing mountain which towers over it. It is the southern-most wine farm in the Constantia Valley, and is today also home to a luxury hotel, a golfing estate and some outstanding restaurants including Catharina’s, Bistro Sixteen82 and most recently, Gorgeous by Graham Beck. Anybody who has read my blog for any length of time will know of my deep affection for Graham Beck sparkling wines which I rate as some of the very best that South Africa produces – so you can imagine my excitement when I read on Twitter that the Graham Beck estate in Robertson was to launch an outpost at Steenberg in the shape of a brand-exclusive champagne and canapé bar. And so when the going got tough, I decided it was time to pay Gorgeous a visit for a quick, bubbly pick-me-up.

The first surprising thing about Gorgeous is how small it is – and the second is how perfectly formed it is. The sleek bar beneath the glowing Gorgeous signage seats only about a dozen people and the 3 or 4 secluded booths opposite the bar with their plush crushed velvet circular banquettes seat propably only about 4-6 each. Frosted glass cabinets behind the bar cover the racks where the bubbly is stored and are decorated with the swirls surrounding the GB logo. Colours are muted mushrooms and purpley greys, and the Vivienne Westwood-designed “paper jewellery” wallpaper adds a bit of sparkle. But the main sources of sparkle are the super-friendly staff, and the wines themselves.

As far as the menu goes, Graham Beck sparklers are the only beverages on offer at the bar and are available either by the bottle or glass. Prices start at R40 per flute and R200 per bottle, but you can also choose to try a specific range: a flight of the three non-vintage Graham Beck sparkling wines; the three Graham Beck vintage cuvées; or their iconic Cap Classique flagship range, Cuvée Clive. Gorgeous to Go also allows guests to buy the Graham Beck bubblies by the bottle to take home, at cellar door prices. For those who are feeling peckish, Executive Chef Garth Almazan of Catharina’s restaurant has created a selection of canapés to complement the sparkling wines. The selection includes fresh Saldanha Bay oysters; poached tiger prawns; and an asparagus and goat’s cheese risotto croquette; as well as a couple of dessert canapés. On our first visit, we sat in a booth and tried a flight of the non-vintage bubblies which reaffirmed my belief that these offer some of the best value in South Africa. The Brut was bright with grapefruit and light yeasty flavours, as well as a super-fine mousse; while the Rosé (50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir) had a delicate salmon colour and subtle notes of ripe strawberries – although not cloyingly sweet.

On our second visit, about ten days later, we sat on the terrace to take advantage of the gorgeous late-afternoon weather and the view. On this occasion we opted for a bottle of the 2005 Graham Beck Brut Zero. Launched in late 2011, this is one of South Africa’s few non-dosage bubblies (dosage being the process whereby a small amount of sweet liquid is added to bottle-fermented sparkling wines at the end of the production process, to replace the volume lost in disgorgement and to add balance). It doesn’t make the wine taste sweet, but merely offsets the usually very high acidity. Sparkling wines without dosage are a niche category, and are the driest category of sparkling wine you will find. The Brut Zero 2005, made with 87% Chardonnay and 13% Pinot Noir, spent six years on the lees, and the resulting wine is crisp with the flavours or tart, fresh green apples. It’s not for everybody, but it will silence the critice who think South Africa cannot make a French-style sparkling wine – and it makes a wonderful accompaniment to a Cape sunset!

So if you find yourself at a loose end in the Tokai/Constantia area, or if you are a simply a fan of beautifully crafted sparkling wines, do make a plan to visit Gorgeous. The staff are super-charming and friendly; the space is sleek and, well, gorgeous; and the wines are definitely among South Africa’s best.

Gorgeous by Graham Beck
Steenberg Estate
Cape Town

Open Monday – Sunday 12h00 – 22h00

Tel. +27 (0) 21 713-7177
Twitter: @GorgeousbyGB

Gorgeous by Graham Beck by Chris von Ulmenstein