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Bastille Festival

July 20th, 2010 by karen

Much has been said about this festival, split pretty much 50/50 between those who loved and those who really didn’t, at all. I was not lucky enough to get there for the whole weekend but we drove through early on Sunday morning and joined the festive valley adjourned with flags, sashes and balloons of red,…

Nederburg Auction Public Tasting

July 19th, 2010 by karen

I was more than happy to get an e-mail at about 13h30 on Wednesday 15th July inviting me to the public tasting for some of the Nederburg Auction wines.  Having read Cathy Marston’s blog http://blogs.food24.com/cathymarston/niggles-at-the-nederburg-auction-media-tasting.  It seems one of the main similarities between the media tasting and ours was the age of the attendees, with…

Easy as……… Stir-fry

July 15th, 2010 by karen

This was actually quite a different cooking experience for my hubby and I.  As an Ambassador “For the Love of Wine”  for Kleine Zalze we were posed the question as to whether we are 1 minute microwave fans or more like the chef elite.  My first “edition” of this challenge, we cooked three pretty “gourmet”…

Laibach – July 2010

July 13th, 2010 by karen

I met Francois van Zyl, the winemaker of Laibach, when he was the guest speaker for the WINE Magazine Organic Wine tastings a couple of months ago.  What a character!  He not only had people crying with laughter from his humour but he taught us a few things too, and is a great ambassador for…

Fond Farewell Wine Tasting

July 8th, 2010 by karen

One of our fond friends from our CWA Diploma group is leaving our shores for Rotterdam soon so we got together for a casual dinner and threw a few bottles of wine into the mix for his “farewell” last night. We started with a Nederburg Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon 2003.  Although it had…

The new “Red Tide”

July 7th, 2010 by karen

So I have heard about outbreaks of the Red Tides which usually occur along the Cape west or south coasts in late summer and autumn.  I also believe the term red tide can be misleading, because discolourations of the water may be brown, purple, yellow or ORANGE! Now some might consider 6th July to be…

Winter World Cup Wine & Food Fun

July 5th, 2010 by karen

Not that we needed an excuse, but I was recently appointed as a Kleine Zalze “For the Love of Wine” Ambassador, thus the arrival of their wine along with a WC quarter-final did set a great scene for my hubby and I to invite some old friends around for lunch on Saturday. Old friends, new…