I was invited to the Rod Stewart show and thought “that old fart, what have I got in common with his music, I don’t even own one of his CD’s”?Â Well, 3 days later I bought his compilation CD after realising I knew the words to most of his songs!Â Guess I’m the old fart!Â
So what have Rod and wine got in common?Â Loads!Â For starters, the same initial reaction I had to Rod is similar to how people react to wines that don’t usually drink or haven’t had for ages.Â Fortified wines spring to mind here as well as dessert wines but, when last have you tried these delicious wines?Â My recommendations include Monis 2000 Muscadel, Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2002, Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan 2006, Delheim Edelspatz 2007.
In terms of bubbly try the Comtesse Alexia Brut availableÂ from Woolworths.Â You might notÂ know the name, but you will recognise the taste as being traditional Champagne.Â Retailing around R204.00 per bottle it suits the palate and wallet.Â Cap Classique to have on hand include Simonsig Brut Rose, Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc.
Last Friday I attendedÂ a vine planting ceremony and dinner at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa.Â The hotel has set aside land along the Liesbeeck river canal and various guestsÂ rolled up their sleavesÂ to plant a vine.Â The Vitis Vinifera is no stranger to the hotel, hence the name, Vineyard.Â A total of 100 vines were to be planted.
Dining in the Winelands
Tourists rave aboutÂ our yuumy restaurantsÂ and how affordable they are.Â Now if only we could convince locals of this fact.Â This festive season get in your car and head for the culinary hot spots.Â You simply cannot beat sunshine, wine and heavenly food.
La Petite Ferme Grande Provence Terroir