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      We’ve had a week of interesting events, food and wine and it has culminated in Cape Wine, the triennial exposition in which South Africa’s wines are on show to the world. It will end tomorrow and we will report next week on the show and on some wonderful recognition which has been given to this country’s wines. We’ve also had more lovely, gentle rain – the sort which would have had us cursing the cold and wet discomfort a few years ago, but is now a cause for celebration as we see the average level of our reservoirs reaching toward 70%; great happiness after a three year drought. Signs of spring are all around with lovely spring flowers appearing at the road sides. We’ve enjoyed them all and we hope you’ll enjoy seeing them here…

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      This lovely festival at Diemersfontein was graced with beautiful weather in what had been a rather wet week. We hadn’t attended for a while so accepted the invitation with glee. We parked in a huge flower meadow 

      presented by Cabo Esperanca, Ex Animo and Raath Promotions. Four young wine Entrepreneurs got together last week and held a joint trade tasting of the wines they represent. It was a fun evening, 

      Balducci restaurant in the V&A Waterfront now has a Vegan menu, in addition to their normal menu, and we were invited to sample some of it at a media event last week. It seems that there is a growing demand for vegetarian and vegan food in the Cape and, when they introduced it after many requests, they were very encouraged by the uptake. We are not vegetarian or vegan, but we have friends who are and we do enjoy eating this sort of food if it is well made. We are a little anti vegan food masquerading as meat. Be true to yourself; if you crave it, eat it. We met three of the owners of the group, who joined us for dinner. They also own Balducci Asian Noodle and Sushi Bar,  

      An elegant evening with the Grier family of Villiera, held to launch their new premium wine, The Clan. It was held at The Stack in Gardens

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      This week’s recipe is suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians, as well as the omnivores.  It has lovely flavours and is then made more exciting by the addition of the sushi ginger hidden in each bowl. Click here or on the title to see the whole recipe

      The wine of renowned Sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoku. We tasted this wine for the first time today at Cape Wine, the wine exposition which is held by WOSA at the CTICC every three years. We learned from Tinashe that the two wines in the blend were made by Attie Louw on the farm Opstal in the Breedekoof Valley and then blended by Tinashe. He wanted a blend that would go with food and we think that he has achieved this very well. It is available…

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      We keep talking about rain and the scarcity of water in our blessed, beautiful province. We are still in trouble. This July has seen the lowest July rainfall since 2011. Maybe August will be better... 

      It is not difficult to be careful; just be aware of what you do with water and look after this precious resource. Don't leave the shower running while you soap, use grey water to flush, don't run the dishwasher until it is full..... We're in crisis. Think about it! Your garden will, like ours, become a desert. Sad, but necessary and a minor sacrifice in comparison to queueing at a hose for your daily 25 litre allowance.

      So don't think that it's OK, It's raining, the trouble is that it is not raining enough. The dams are only, on average, just about half full. We need to try harder. It is no use hoping that more rain will come. If it does, it will be a blessing, but the long term forecast still does not encourage optimism. Tapping into aquifers and installing desalination plants will help in the long term, but we must face up to the fact that water will always be a scarce, precious commodity. The world's weather is in trouble. Europe is experiencing temperatures that we are used to here in Africa. It might be normal in Spain, but when we hear stories from chilly Scotland and often icy Norway about temperatures in the 30s.....

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      7th September 2018

      We want to use wine barrel staves as the covering of a pergola. If any of our wine maker readers have old barrels which have outlived their original purpose, we’d love to have them. Condition is not important. Please let us know

      We receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to learn more about wineCathy Marston and The Cape Wine Academy both run wine education courses, some very serious and others more geared to fun. You can see details of Cathy’s WSET and other courses here and here and the CWA courses here. Karen Glanfield has taken over the UnWined wine appreciation courses from Cathy. See the details here

      The Hurst Campusan accredited school for people who want to become professional chefs, has a variety of courses. See the details here

      In addition to his Sense of Taste Culinary Arts School, Chef Peter Ayub runs a four module course for keen home cooks at his Maitland complex. Details here

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