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

South African Wine | wine news | Pairing artichokes & wine: devilish duo or match made in heaven?

South African Wine | wine news | Pairing artichokes & wine: devilish duo or match made in heaven?.

Well I was reading a nice blog about Gastro Porn by Edo Heyns posted on

Edo says “Gastro Porn” is a term used to describe photos of fancy food that are dominating cyberspace. It made me think about what he was getting at. To put this in context, as I also like to take photographs of things I love whether eating, drinking, seeing and so on, as a picture are = to a thousand words they say! Easy to remember and brings back memories.

So on Sunday, I was lucky to share a wine with a mate of mine from Australia. He introduced me to ‘wine porn’ Ya, having a wine called Naked on Skates by Some Young Punks (see the label) is so apt! Now does this express the fact of  – now am I bragging or sharing? It is definitely not name dropping, with a name like that! How I wish that I could drink more fancy labels and why not funky and sexy one’s from time to time as long the wine in the glass falls right on the palate.

My humble exprience updating and tweeting to all my fans is, yes they do care and certainly cheer’s me up ! Maybe there is some sense in “Gastro-Vino Porn” !! Bring it on.


Dinner with Graham Beck’s Pieter Ferreira at Reuben’s in the Cape – International Wine Review

Dinner with Graham Beck's Pieter Ferreira at Reuben's in the Cape – International Wine Review.

Food Wine Design Fair – This weekend……. in Jozi

Live in Jozi and a fan of the deliciously beautiful things in life?

Then you need to prioritize a visit to the second annual Food Wine Design Fair, taking place on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Shopping Centre from 25-27 November.

Here you will sample top local produce, taste brilliant boutique wines and brews, and find furniture and decorative pieces as well as fashion items and jewellery from hom…e-grown designers – this year the _ line-up includes the likes of Taste of Karoo, Bar Bar Black Sheep, &Union, Graham Beck, Grande Provence, Missibaba, Koop, Mingo Lamberti, Goet and Tinsel (just to name a few).

We are particularly looking forward to seeing at the Graham Beck Wines stand for a good few glasses of our delicious bubblies.

For more information on the fair visit



Dear All

Following in the success of its inaugural festival, the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be hosting yet another exciting and interactive:
Cook Franschhoek, the Summer Edition – 7th, 8th and 9th of October.

Join some of the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs and winemakers as they present demonstration kitchens. Learn how to work with red meat, buchu and explore your love for extraordinary dishes or master the art of preparing the perfect Christmas meal when the chefs share their secrets on baking mouth watering Christmas cakes.

New at The Summer Edition: Join acclaimed winemakers at Graham Beck, Lynx Wines & Haut Espoir for our “Winemakers lunches & dinners”

Restaurants in and around Franschhoek will also be hosting their own exciting demonstrations. Participating restaurants include Freedom Hill, Ryan’s Kitchen, Le Franschhoek, Graham Beck, Lynx, La Motte, Franschhoek Food Emporium, Le Quartier Francais and Café Bon Bon.

Download the Cook Franschhoek Summer Edition 2011 Brochure here.

*Book your tickets now!*

For any enquiries please contact:
Darielle Robertson -Events Manager: Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourist Association
Tel: 021 876 2861

Bollinger Service Excellence Awards to be announced at Swartland Revolution in November

The following sommeliers have been identified that will compete for the Boliinger Service Excellence Awards:


Francis Krone – The Saxon Hotel
Mike Buthelezi – Signature Restaurant
Erick Sikhosana – Hyatt Hotel, Rosebank
David Bronner – Ciao! Italian Mediterranean Kitchen
Brilliant Mathelumusa – Southern Sun Fourways
Sean Trollip – Kream Restaurant
Tebo Buthelezi – Casalinga Ristorante
Gareth Ferreira – The Saxon Hotel
Isaac Kubheka – The Butcher Shop & Grill
Ane Erwee – Brasserie de Paris


Kerry Bartlett – 9th Ave Bistro
Haroon Haffajee – Harvey’s Restaurant
Graham Steyn – Harvey’s Restaurant

North West Province

Mercy T Zendera – Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe

Western Cape

Carl Heinz Habel – Mount Nelson Hotel
Josephine Gutentoft – Grande Roche Hotel
Philip Erasmus – Cape Grace Hotel
Wayne Kolevsohn – Le Quartier Francais
Gidi Caetano – French Toast Wine & Tapas Bar
Pieter Brahm Steenkamp – Sofia’s at Morgenster Estate
Kris Snyman – Delaire Graff Estate
Nick Botton – Kitima at Kronendal
Eric Botha – One&Only Hotel
Gregory Mutambe – The Twelve Apostles Hotel
David Nell – La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig
Dominic Bowers – The Table Bay Hotel
Howard Booysen – Aubergine Restaurant

Eastern Cape

Shaun Abbott – Amaze Restaurant
Sbonelo Hasa – La Cuisinette
Stanton Hammond – La Cuisinette

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2011

07 June 2011  by Stellenbosch Wine Routes
The 150 farms that form the Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes are pulling out all the stops for a double barrel celebration to mark their 40th anniversary and the 10th Stellenbosch Wine Festival during the last week of July this year.
The festival, to be held at the Paul Roos Centre from 28 to 31 July, is one of the biggest country food and wine festivals under one roof in the Cape and extends its Winelands hospitality again this year with the ever popular Stellenbosch Wine Week. From 22 to 31 July, visitors to South Africa’s oldest and foremost wine route will be able to partake in special Wine Week cellar door attractions on participating farms leading up to the Wine Festival. Stellenbosch Wine Week offers a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of family-friendly activities including gaming nights, a foreign film festival, food and wine pairings, adventurous day trips, family picnics, live music, exclusive winemaker dinners and rare vertical and varietal wine tastings, all blended into one big barrel of fun.

Various special accommodation packages in and around Stellenbosch, ranging from budget Winelands sleepovers to luxury rest and relaxation amidst the tranquility of aristocratic vines, are available to make the Stellenbosch Wine Week and Wine Festival more accessible to upcountry visitors this year.

Tickets to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival range from R120 per person per day for online bookings or R140 at the door, to R350 for the Golden Pass for the entire festival. The entry fee to the opening of the festival, an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs Evening from 16h00 till 21h00 on Thursday, 28 July, is R160 per person for online bookings or R180 at the door and includes gourmet delights. Be sure to take advantage of these special online prices by booking your tickets on now. Click here for more information or call (021) 886-4310.

Please click here to view the Stellenbosch Wine Routes June 2011 newsletter.

Inaugural Feast of SA Shiraz & Charcuterie 2011 at Hartenberg Wine Estate

4 June 2011

12 – 5pm

Hartenberg Estate

R150 pp includes a Glass & Tastings

Wine Participants: Boekenhoutskloof, De Trafford, Eagles Nest, Hartenberg, Haskell, La Motte, Kleinood, Luddite, Raka, Rust en Vrede, Nico van der Merwe Wines.

Charcuterie Participants: Bread & Wine, The Charcuterie, Societi Bistro, Lucas Jamon

Bread Producers: Café Des Arts,   De Oude Bank Bakkerij, La Motte, Bread & Wine

Cheese Producers: Le Petite France, Anura Cheeses, Dalewood Fromage, Fromage de France, Benguela Trading and more

 Olive Producers: Blue Sky Organics, Chrisnas Olives, Kleinood


For more info:

Darielle 084 207 3820


Nederburg sweet wines undervalued and under-priced

Nederburg sweet wines undervalued and under-priced.