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How often is `antifreeze` added to food and drink?

Bottles of a flavoured whisky brand have been removed from shops for containing high levels of an antifreeze ingredient. How often is propylene glycol used in food and drink, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

 

Landau du Val Semillon 2012 – a Heritage Wine to be savoured

Situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, just off the Robertsvlei Road, is where you’ll find the farm La Brie, home to the Landau family. This is also home to the heritage vineyard of their Semillon, 109 years old to be exact.

 
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New Scottish Leader launches first in South Africa

Ian MacMillan, Scottish Leader’s master distiller, was the man of the hour when he was in Johannesburg for the first in a series of global launches of this updated Scotch whisky which is sold in 60 countries.

 

The Art of Winemaking: Fermentation

Years of planning and preparation are invested in ensuring that the agricultural aspects of growing wine are all working together to produce the best quality fruit – grapes that are healthy, perfectly ripe and expressive of their origin. Harvest is the culmination of each vintage in the vineyards, but the magic of turning grapes into wine starts with the process of fermentation. Fermentation is not only responsible for the alcohol content of wine; it is also the source of many of the flavour compounds which give wine its distinctive taste and aroma. 

Harvested in the cool early morning, the grapes from Creation’s estate vineyards on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay have only a short distance to travel before reaching our state-of-the-art cellar which is nestled amongst the vines. This is critical in preserving the delicate precursors to flavour present within each berry. Each small crate of grapes is weighed to determine the yield, and most are de-stemmed before being pumped into the large primary fermentation tanks. Some wines (especially Pinot Noir) are fermented with a portion of whole bunches, the stems imparting some spiciness, freshness and grip to the wine. (It is important that the stems are also ‘ripe’ when introducing whole bunch fermentation as green stems can impart bitterness.) Sometimes grapes are left whole and not crushed, so that intra-cellular fermentation is achieved, a process known as ‘carbonic maceration’. Click here to read more. 2014 11 19 The%20Art%20of%20Winemaking%20Fermentation r6 c5 The Art of Winemaking: Fermentation

 

 2014 11 19 The%20Art%20of%20Winemaking%20Fermentation r7 c4 The Art of Winemaking: FermentationJust when we thought the worst of the load shedding debacle was behind us, Eskom announced there was more to come. But with sunny days and sultry evenings upon us and the vineyards lush with new growth, we decided that there are far better things to do than complain!

So, should there be load shedding while on holiday on the Cape Whale Coast over the Festive Season, don’t despair – here are but a few bright ideas:

When is the last time you went on a proper picnic? Simply pick up a delectable picnic basket from Chef Tullishe le Roux at The Eatery in Hermanus (tel. 028 313 2970), make sure you have a chilled bottle of WhalePOD White or WhalePOD Rosé handy, and set off to one of the many magnificent picnic spots around Hermanus. Combine this with a quick visit across the lane to The Flower Scene (tel 028 312 4998) for a hand-picked bunch of indigenous fynbos to round off your picnic.

You can of course also take the family on a scenic trip along the Hemel-en-Aarde Road, stop off at Creation Wines and treat them (and yourself) to a scrumptious lunch or award-winning pairing in our Tasting Room. At Creation we cater for all ages, are always powered up, we have a generator and are full of energy! To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contactinfo@creationwines.com.

The many other fun options include a hike in Fernkloof or along the coastal path, swimming in one of the beautiful tidal pools, going on a vineyard safari at Creation or kayaking with Walker Bay Adventures (call Herman on 082 739 0159) – to mention but a few.

More good news … You don’t have to wait for load shedding!

 

 2014 11 19 The%20Art%20of%20Winemaking%20Fermentation r9 c3 The Art of Winemaking: FermentationCreation has been awarded the coveted Yin and Yang Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door for the second time since the inception of the KLINK Awards three years ago. Consumer driven, the KLINK Awards are voted for by the public, and Creation would like to thank all those who voted for our Wine and Canapé Pairing. For those who haven’t experienced this award-winning treat before, do visit us soon! To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact info@creationwines.com.
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At Creation we believe that our meticulously crafted wines deserve to be served in superior quality glasses. That’s why we’ve invested in Riedel’s finest for our Tasting Room; it certainly enhances the tasting experience. Don’t miss out on our special Riedel event to be held at Creation on Thursday, 4 December at 18h00. Click here for details and to book.

An exciting innovation from Riedel is the new Riedel Big O to Go – a multi-functional wine tumbler ideally suited for the travelling wine lover.  Safely protected in its own smartly branded tube, the Big O to Go is perfect for picnics, winery visits, boats, planes and trains or just to keep with you at all times in your travel bag!

 2014 11 19 The%20Art%20of%20Winemaking%20Fermentation r14 c2 The Art of Winemaking: FermentationWith the summer holidays around the corner, we’re already taking bookings for December 2014 and January 2015 – book now to avoid disappointment! Good news is that for the period 15 December to 5 January we’ll be extending our opening hours until 19h30 for sundowners. An abridged version of our regular menu will be available during this time offering cheese and antipasti platters as well as our famous wine and food pairing canapés. Click here to see our menu.

For those who like to get an early start to the day, we will also be offering our 10h00 Brunch Pairing (arrival at 09h45). Click here to read about all the options available for your visit. To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact info@creationwines.com.

Please note that the Tasting Room will be closed on 25 December and 1 January.

 

Winery of the Week: Benguela Cove

Visit the beautiful wine estate, amidst olive groves and lavender fields, with stunning views of the ocean and distant mountains. For the ultimate taste experience visit Benguela Cove – an award

 

RECM Best Value Red Blends

Last night's weekly RECM Best Value tasting of red blends at the Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj turned into something of a medical convention given the number of American doctors staying at the Taj who jo

 
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Du Toitskloof Tunnel Red & Tunnel Moscato

Named for the beautiful old stone tunnel built on the Du Toitskloof Pass by Italian prisoners of war who were brilliant stonemasons and who made such a contribution in the winelands of the Cape right

 

Cork Storms Back

It didn't take long for cork to respond to the virulent screwcap campaign recently launched at George Jardine's bucolic spot in the Winelands. An uberhip bistro called Chalk & Cork has opened on

 

Old thoughts on wine label awards

It’s great that winemag.co.za is organising a wine label competition (and it probably doesn’t matter too much to anyone else that it’s sponsored by a wine label printer). It took me back in time

 

T 4 2

"Tea for two" from No no Nanette, that infuriating aural worm you can't get out of your head, is 90 years old this year. And they're not joking. When it comes to tea, things happen in twos. Like our t

 

Solms-Delta Africana Shiraz 2012 – 26.11.14

Solms-Delta practices a different kind of vineyard management for the Solms-Delta Africana Shiraz 2012. Grapes for the wine came from vineyards in the Franschhoek and Wellington wine appellations. Pla

 

Ayama Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – 26.11.12

Ayama Wines are grown and made in the Voor Paardeberg Wine Appellation. Owned by Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz and a group of Italian friends, they are doing some really exciting things. Recently they p

 

Low-Carb Double-Bacon Cheese & Herb Mini Quiches – Jane-Anne Hobbs

2 x 250 g packs back bacon the juice of a lemon 7 extra-large free-range eggs ¾ cup (180 ml) cream a small bunch of chives, finely chopped (about 3 Tbsp/45 ml) a small bunch of parsley, finely choppe

 

Landau du Val Semillon 2012 – ’n ‘Erfeniswyn’ om te koester

Geleë in die hart van die Franschhoek-wynvallei, langs die Robertsvleipad, vind mens die wynlandgoed La Brie, die tuiste van die Landau-familie. Dis ook die tuiste van die “erfeniswingerd” van La

 

Melon salad with prosciutto & fior di latte – Alida Ryder

Preparation time 10 minutes Total time 10 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 sweet melon 10 strips prosciutto crudo 150g fior di latte baby leaves of your choice for the dressing juice of 1 lemon 2 tab

 

Mushroom Pasta with Bacon Crumbs – Lizet Hartley

what you’ll need 1 tbs olive oil 3 rashers streaky bacon, finely sliced 2 tbs salted butter 250g portabellini mushrooms, finely sliced half a teaspoon crushed garlic 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 12 tbs c

 

141127 Main Ingredient’s MENU – Benguela Cove, Rivendell, Baleia Bay, Delaire Graff Sunrise, Wine Concepts Champagne Festival, Wine at the Mill, Green Summer soup

 

Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2013

I was given cause to reassess the role Tinta Barocca might play in the local context when it was revealed that it was part of an outstanding bottle of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 drunk earlier

 

Fleur du Cap’s One Ingredient Dinner with Chef Matt Manning

Black River Park, Observatory – Saturday, 29 November 2014   Whet your appetite for sweetcorn and Fleur du Cap wines, when Chef Matt Manning makes this summer favourite the main attraction on t

 

@home unwraps seamless shopping

@home, the homeware store, is unwrapping a fresh approach to online gifting and shopping with the relaunch of its online store at home.co.za. @home is one of 17 TFG (The Foschini Group) retail brands

 

Durbanville Hills Wines – Exciting new food & wine pairings

Durbanville Hills Wines has come to realise that although sipping on award-winning wines is a delight, once you bring food into the equation the experience moves to an extraordinary level of discovery

 

Family-friendly experiences during the holidays

With the long school holidays looming, Mom and Dad do not have to succumb to off-loading the offspring at the grandparents to stay sane during the festive season, as Stellenbosch offers so many budget

 

Provençal Lamb Shanks – Lizet Hartley

What you’ll need 4tbs olive oil 4 lamb shanks ½ cup finely chopped onion or shallots 1½ tsp finely chopped garlic 1½ Tbs tomato paste 2 cups lamb stock zest of half an orange pinch of nutmeg pinc

 

Douglas Green Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – 27.11.14

Douglas Green, a graduate of Stellenbosch University’s Elsenburg, the faulty where winemakers and viticulturists were trained, formed his wine company in 1942. He wanted to bring his customers great

 

Help Marinda to see again

Marinda Holtzhausen well-known in the tourism industry for 28 years is going blind. She is the initiator of the Cape Winelands Tourism Expo project, and owner of Socially Unforgettable, sharing her So