<< Thursday 22 July 2021 >
In Japan, home to the upcoming Summer Olympics, the age-old thirst quencher is affectionately dubbed the “highball”. The Highball was a favorite of whisky drinkers in Japan in the 1950s. It was created to bring the proof of the whisky down and open it up in a refreshing way to pair well with Japanese cuisine. Highballs soon became an instant and widespread hit in the Land of the Rising Sun.
According to the cookbook, Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen by Xoliswa Ndoyiya, the personal chef of Nelson Mandela, the late president had a preference for simple, traditional food. One of his favourites was oxtail and in celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July, Chef Christiaan Visser suggests this recipe for Oxtail with samp and recommends you enjoy it with a refreshing carrot and pineapple salsa.
It is no secret that France is considered the home of great wines and has served as the inspiration for many grape growers and winemakers around the world, including here in our very own French corner. Most wine grape varieties also originate from France and as we traditionally celebrate our French heritage in July, we thought to share the French origin of varieties used in the La Motte wine portfolio.