Archive for September, 2008
Cape Town is one of 10 cities that are most likely to become a global sustainability centre by 2020. The beautiful South African city was included in a list of the ’20 cities of 2020′ by the Ethisphere Institute, a New York business ethics and social responsibility think-tank.
The 2020 Global Sustainability Centres comprises of ten large cities (600,000+ citizens) and ten mid-sized cities (60,000-600,000 citizens) lauded for long-term city planning and building strong, principled foundations.
Cape Town joined Toronto, Hyderabad, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, New York, London, Frankfurt, Curtiba and Melbourne on the list of large cities.
The 10 mid-sized cities are Copenhagen, Doha, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Oslo, Portland, Reykjavik, Victoria, Wellington and Rotterdam.
“In a world of increasing population pressures and depleting natural resources, some cities are proactively adjusting their practices today as well as implementing sustainable long-term practices,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of The Ethisphere Institute. “We are recognising these ‘cities of tomorrow’ today.”
“As future global centres, their planning will positively impact the quality of life of successive generations and provide a model for other cities to emulate,” said Stefan Linssen, managing editor of Ethisphere Magazine.
Cities were considered for their environmental and sustainability practices; health and recreation; education, arts and culture; economic and business environment; regulatory framework; law enforcement and transparency; media and speech; transportation and housing; and innovation and investment.
Cape Town was acknowledged for developing a sustainable development programme in 2004 to help deal with growing energy needs of the city. The programme aims to have 10 percent of homes using solar power and 10 percent of the city’s energy consumption coming from renewable sources by 2020.
“Cape Town is enjoying economic growth that will likely continue through 2020 and beyond,” says the report.
A (Karoo) Lamb loins Pinotage are probably one the more truly South African dishes. This dish served with the excellent and true South African Kumkani Pinotage is the perfect Heritage Day Dinner.
100 ml walnut or sunflower oil
1 kg trimmed lamb loin
100 ml lucerne honey
100 ml wholegrain mustard
8 leaves spinach, cleaned and blanched
salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE PASTRY
200 g cake flour
100 g butter, cut into flakes
1 small egg
50 ml water
extra egg for the eggwash
150 ml red wine
300 ml prepared brown gravy
5 ml pink (or green) peppercorns
15 ml butter
15 ml cake flour
25 ml fresh cream
1. Heat the oil in a pan. Season lamb loins, seal and remove from the heat. 2. Brush each loin with the honey mixed with the mustard. Wrap each loin in 2 spinach leaves. 3. To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt together in a food processor mixing bowl. Form a well in the centre and place the butter and egg in the well. Using the kneading attachment quickly work all the ingredients together, gradually adding the water to form a pastry dough. Form dough into a ball and allow to rest for 1 hour. 4. Once pastry has chilled, divide it into 4 pieces and roll out. Cover each loin in a piece of pastry and brush with a little eggwash. 5. Bake parcels in a 180 ºC oven for 15 minutes or until pastry is cooked. 6. For the gravy, heat wine and add brown gravy, simmering until quantity is reduced by a third. Add peppercorns. 7. Mix butter and flour together and using pea-sized pieces whisk until the sauce is of pouring consistency. Finish by stirring in the cream. 8. Pour sauce onto a plate, cut lamb loin parcel in half and place in sauce.
The recipe was taken from the Food24.
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Stellenbosch was named as one of the World’s Top 10 wine destinations.
TripAdvisor is the the world’s largest travel community and they announced the top 10 wine destinations in the world, according to TripAdvisor editors and traveler popularity.
This lists includes Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany, Champagne and of course Stellenbosch.
Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor added that in addition to supplying some of the finest wines to the world, these destinations offer visitors outstanding hotels, restaurants and wine tours.
This what they wrote about Stellenbosch, Bordeaux and Tuscany.
Great Escape: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Home to one of South Africa’s most visited wine routes, Stellenbosch is the heart of the Cape Winelands region, with more than 100 wine cellars to visit surrounding the culturally rich center town of Stellenbosch.
Geaux Bordeaux: Bordeaux, France
Perhaps the world’s most famous wine destination, the Bordeaux region of France has long been renowned for its vineyards that produce everything from delicious table wines to the most expensive bottles in the world. In Bordeaux, the French passion for food and wine unite for a sensational wine-tasting experience.
Keen on Chianti: Tuscany, Italy
Famed for its reds like Chianti and Montalcino, the Tuscany region of Italy is a delight for the senses. Celebrated not only for its vineyards and its cuisine, its sheer natural and historic beauty make it one of the world’s most sought-after destinations and a magical place to taste the local “vino.”
For the full list: TripAdvisor
The fifth biennial Cape Wine trade show will again be held in the state-of-the-art Cape Town International Convention Centre from 23 to 25 September 2008.
A stone’s throw from the city, international hotels and the famous V&A Waterfront, this spacious venue is only 25 minutes’ drive from the winelands. The entire South African wine industry enthusiastically supports Cape Wine and more than 300 wineries will exhibit over 4 000 wines. Join trade visitors and journalists from all over the world in networking with the South African winemakers and discover the huge variety of wines, from garagiste bottlings and value brands to icons in the making.
Kumkani as well as other brands from the company of wine people™ will be present. Visitors are invited to visit our exhibitions. Other brands from the the company of wine people™ include Arniston Bay , Versus, Thandi and Welmoed
For more info about The Cape Wine Trade Show visit: Cape Wine 2008
The Wall Street Journal today announced WSJwine , a new service offered to its readers and other wine lovers. WSJwine offers access to quality wines of outstanding value through a direct-to-home wine service.
WSJwine will offer wine from all over the world through a dedicated website, toll free number or standard mail. Customers will have the option to purchase individual bottles, full cases or receive ongoing shipments of mixed cases delivered to their homes or businesses. The range will include quality everyday wines to fine and rare specials, and will build over time. Many are from smaller production wineries, not readily available in stores. The combination of quality wine, excellent value and high levels of service will deliver a unique wine experience to meet the discerning tastes of the Journal reader.
“We established WSJwine to offer something truly distinct and valuable to our subscribers,” said Paul Bascobert, chief marketing officer, Dow Jones & Company. “We know from extensive research that many of our subscribers enjoy good wine and also have an interest in learning more about wine. WSJwine was designed to offer great wine values and tap the natural curiosity of our readers.”
Johan Schwartz , a wine marketing specialist indicated that these new ventures will definitely have a impact on global wine retail. Amazon also recently indicated that it will get involved in US wine sales. This is good news for global brands like Kumkani and Arniston Bay. The Kumkani brand will be able to use these new distribution channels to reach a wider consumer audience.
Lamb and red wine is a perfect pairing.
Donna Hay from the New Zealand Herald has an excellent and mouth watering recipe. Although she suggests 1 cup of Red Wine in the meal, I would suggest a fine wine with this meal.
Kumkani Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is a red blend with a soft, smooth blend and a long luscious palate of fruit with mocha and spiciness. This wine lovely wine will complement this meal perfectly.
1 cup red wine
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp chopped rosemary leaves
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 x 800g butterflied leg of lamb*
Roasted truss cherry tomatoes, to serve* *
Place the wine, oil, garlic, rosemary and sugar in a bowl and mix well to combine. Use a meat mallet to flatten out the lamb to an even thickness (see tips and tricks).
Place in a dish and pour over the wine mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate. Heat a chargrill pan or barbecue over medium-high heat.
Cook the lamb, skin-side down, for 10 minutes, turn and cook for a further 10 minutes for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Slice and serve with roasted cherry tomatoes and your favourite mustard.
* Ask your butcher to do this for you. They will remove the bone and flatten out the leg.
* * To roast cherry tomatoes, place tomatoes on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 160C oven for 20 minutes or until softened.
Source: NZ Herald
South Africa is deemed to be excellent producers of Sauvignon Blanc. This is according to the website Wine Pros.
At the forfront of the South African Sauvignon Blanc wines are the Kumkani Lanner Hill Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2007. This wine was named the best South African Sauvignon Blanc at the SA Terroir Wine Awards.
This wine is widely acclaimed and enjoyed all over the world. A UK Based blog site writes the following.
“This South African sauvignon blanc from Lanner Hill Farm is a force to be reckoned with. Full-bodied with a fresh crisp finish in the mouth, it’s not the kind of bottle you would open and pour without savouring every mouthful. There’s no blending of grapes from various vineyards here – all fruit is harvested from David Tullie’s farm on the crest of the Darling hills.
The grapes for Kumkani’s single vineyard range are grown in partnership with private, famil-owned farms, with each wine reflecting a specific terroir. Kumkani’s sauvignon blanc reveals the cool climate of its origins with notes of gooseberry and flint and a clear, fresh finish. Don’t leave so much as a drop in the bottle – every bit of this mature number should be tasted.”
The famous Harrods store also writes favourablie reviews of this lovely wine. Harrods
Soweto braces itself for the long anticipated annual Standard Bank Soweto Wine Festival . The City of Johannesburg websites indicates that some of the country’s finest wines will be on show at the Wine Festival. City of Johannesburg website
More than 100 wineries will be taking part in the Standard Bank Soweto Wine Festival, together bringing more than 850 wines to the show.
Now in its fourth year, the festival is being held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus on the evenings of 5 and 6 September.
Brands like Kumkani, the king of South African wines, Versus and Thandi are some of the quality wines that will be present at the Wine festival.
Kumkani has won numerous medals local and international competitions this year, such as the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Swiss International Airline Awards, the International Wine Challenge and the Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada.
Kumkani winemaker, Nicky Versfeld, said: “Creating a winning wine doesn’t require a secret recipe – it’s simply a combination of terroir, and teamwork between the grower, viticulturist and winemaker. By doing the basic things right and paying attention to detail from the vineyard to the bottling process, we ended up with a unique wine, namely the Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc.”
Visitors are welcome to visit our stalls and taste the award winning wines
South African wine exports to the UK have increased by 26% in the past 6 months.
Mike Dennis reports on the Talking retail website that South Africa is the fastest growing category in the UK off-trade market.
Dennis further states that global exports of South African wine are up 31% by volume from January to July 2008, when compared to the same period in 2007. The UK, South Africa’s number one export market, has seen an increase of 26% during this period, giving the UK a 27% share all South African wine exports.
Jo Mason, UK market manger, Wines of South Africa, said: “It is fantastic to see South Africa performing so well in one of its most established export markets. The country enjoys an enviable image in the minds of UK consumers and the quality and value for money the country offers is clearly having an impact.
Brands with strong African roots are establishing it in the UK wine market. Kumkani is one of the prime examples.
Kumkani is derived from the Xhosa word Umkumkani. Xhosa is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Nelson Mandela, the world’s most famous Xhosa could aptly be referred to by the word Umkumkani, which means regal.
The Southern Star website indicate that the terroir of the region allows grapes to develop with rich full flavors. These have been captured by the wine making team to create a range of superbly balanced, deeply delicious wines.
Some basic tips on selecting the help you pick a good bottle of wine.
Traditionally, red goes with meat and white with fish or fowl.
If you are having lighter foods, select lighter bodied wines.
Heartier dishes go with more full-bodied wines. This is because a heavier wine will overpower a delicate dish, and a lighter wine won’t even be felt with a heavier dish.
Consider the way the dish is prepared (grilled, fried, roasted, etc.) and the type of sauce or spice used.
A sweeter sauce needs a more delicate wine than one that has a zesty flavor.
Wine by itself tastes different than wine with food and you want to find some balance between the two so that neither one overpowers the other.
Sweet foods like a honey mustard glaze or teriyaki will go well with off-dry wines to balance the flavor because the sweet sauce makes the wine seem even drier.
Acidic foods like salads or certain appetizers or even fish served with lemon go well with wines a bit higher in acid — not too acidic though. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are all good choices.
Big tannin red wines will go great with steak or lamb chops, as the fat in the meat tones down the bitterness of the wine — a good choice would be a Syrah.
When you look at a bottle of wine you want to become familiar with the type of grape used, the year and the estate — you want to know where the wine is coming from.
Estate is used to designate grapes that come from the wine — maker’s vineyards. Reserve should indicate a wine maker’s best product, but it’s often an over-used term. Cuvee means the wine comes from many different base wines.
When you’re ready to taste your selection, start by paying attention to how it feels in your mouth. A full-bodied wine is heavy and rich, while a light-bodied one is feathery. The wine may also feel silky or dense. It can taste earthy (meaning you can almost savor the rich soil of the vineyard), fruity, sweet (due to the presence of sugar), dry or oaky with a vanilla toasty flavor that comes from aging the wine in oak barrels (like Chardonnay).
The aftertaste or the finish is just as important. Does the flavor of the wine last for a long time? (The longer it lasts, the better the quality of the wine.) Is it bitter or sweet?
As always though, what’s traditional might not be for you. After all, wine has been enjoyed for centuries longer than wine traditions have existed. So don’t be shy. Experiment and find what you like, and you can’t go wrong.