Looking across the Øresund strait past Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark, to Helsingborg in Sweden

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Our story of our road trip to Scandinavia on a shoestring continues this week while we also celebrate wonderful libations, domestic and exotic; our first domestic stories since our return from the far north

This week, we have two stories which will show you the places we visited in Denmark and Sweden en route to our ultimate destination, Oslo in Norway. We have also posted numerous photographs on Instagram as well at https://www.instagram.com/fordjohnduncan/ We’d love it if you click on the heart symbol to “like” pictures that appeal to you

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The Chenin Blanc Growers Association held their annual Showcase last week at the Cape Grace Hotel. It was a chance for the media and the wine trade to taste new releases and some older wines as well. Standard Bank is the generous sponsor

An invitation last week to taste some Japanese whiskies at Kyoto Gardens Sushi restaurant delighted us. We were intrigued the last time we tasted some of these whiskies, so it was a welcome opportunity to learn more about them 

We left Flensburg and drove North and East towards

We took the car ferry from Helsingør in Denmark) across the Øresund to Helsingborg in Sweden. The other shore doesn't seem that far. It is, in fact only a 4 Km gap, but it is one of the world's busiest international ferry routes with more than 70 departures from each harbour per day

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This week's recipe is one Lynne used a while ago with an adaptation using a good sweet dessert Chenin Blanc. A recipe similar to this recently won an award by the Chenin Blanc Association. Lynne's does not use raw egg.

1 packet boudoir (finger) biscuits – Juice of 4 oranges – 50 ml Noble Late Harvest Chenin blanc – 200 ml whipping cream – 1 x 250 ml tub of mascarpone cheese– 1 T grappa - 150g sugar, vanilla if possible or add 1 t of vanilla extract – juice and pulp of 4 granadillas (passion fruit)

Mix the orange juice with the Chenin Blanc and dip the finger biscuits into it. Make one layer with half the biscuits in the bottom of a pretty dessert dish. Lightly whip the cream till it has soft peaks, then whip in the grappa. Beat the mascarpone with the vanilla sugar then fold in the cream and spread a layer over the biscuits, then follow half the granadilla pulp. Make another layer of dipped biscuits and finish by pouring over the rest of the juice and topping off with the rest of the cream topped with granadilla pulp. Cover with cling film and keep in the fridge overnight until you are ready to serve. Serve with the rest of the NLH Chenin Blanc, chilled

The photograph shows the 2013 vintage from our cellar. The 2015 is in a perhaps more appropriate Burgundy shaped bottle

The vines for this exceptional Chenin were planted in 1947, hence the name. Wood and fruit are in perfect balance. As we said of the 2013 "It has a nice richness, sweet fruit balanced beneath the acidity and some slight charred wood notes on the end". If anything the 2015 is a step up from that. There is lovely, gentle citrus fruit but the wood is softer and beautifully integrated; the wine has a lovely freshness which should not be lost as the wine ages. 

As we said in our story about the Chenin blanc Showcase, it was the wine that there was the most buzz about in the room and many people, winemakers as well, said it was their favourite. It is ours. So elegant, so layered and just how good Chenin should be. Do yourself a favour and put a case away for a few years. It will reward you

 In MENU Next Week

Norway, Sweden, Merlot Awards, De Wetshof Limestone Hill

We are planning 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. Please let us know

Information about interesting wine, food and related events happening in the Western Cape and, occasionally, in other areas. It is as up to date as the information we have received from the various organisers. Accuracy in the descriptions of events listed here depends on the information given to us by the organisers or their publicity agents. Some of this information comes to us in hugely verbose communiqués which we have to précis to make it easier for you. We will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, however caused.

If you'd like us to publish news about an event, please send us the basic details: What, where, when, price. If we have to cut it down to the size which we'll publish, it may take us too long to fit it into our very busy programme

Coming Events:

Wednesday, 14th June Tasting at Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar, Cape Town. Mulderbosch with cellarmaster Adam Mason R150 p/p To book please click here or e-mail Lyzette on carowine@mweb.co.za

Thursday, 22nd June Tasting at Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar, Cape Town.  Kanonkop with Abrie Beeslaar. R150 p/p. To book please click here or e-mail Lyzette on carowine@mweb.co.za

Thursday, 29th June 5.30pm to 8pm Lanzerac¹s Winter Tastings. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread. Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or winesales@lanzerac.co.za for queries or to book your seat

Wednesday, 26th July 5.30pm to 8pm Lanzerac¹s Winter Tastings. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread. Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or winesales@lanzerac.co.za for queries or to book your seat

Friday, 28th to Sunday, 30th July The Good Food & Wine Show 2017 Jo'Burg Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoodFoodandWineShowSA/events/ Get Tickets

Thursday, 17th August Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase, Cape Town  For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Tuesday, 22nd August Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Tasting, Pretoria Country Club For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Sunday, 27th August Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch featuring the Bottelary Hills Stellenbosch wine route and celebrated, Scottish chef George Jardine with wines from Kaapzicht Wine Estate. Booking is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit www.wineroute.co.za. For more information phone 021 886 8275. Tickets to the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting prior to lunch and the ensuing three-course feast, served with glasses of estate wine paired with each course. Each guest also gets a bottle Bottelary Hills wine to enjoy at home

Wednesday, 23rd August Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase, Sandton For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Thursday, 31st August 5.30pm to 8pm Lanzerac¹s Winter Tastings. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread. Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or winesales@lanzerac.co.za for queries or to book your seat

Thursday, 28 September Cape Winemakers Guild Golf Tournament, Boschenmeer, Paarl For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Thursday, 28 September Cape Winemakers Guild Boules Tournament, Boschenmeer, Paarl For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Saturday, 30 September Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch For more details and to book, please click on the event name

Wednesday, 20th September Michael Crossley will be hosting an international wine dinner at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban For more details, please contact crossley@reciprocal.co.za

Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 October Pinotage & Biltong Festival Leriba Hotel in Centurion, Gauteng as part of the official Pinotage Day celebrations, presented by the Pinotage Association. Tickets @ R200 pp include a branded crystal wine glass, a biltong cup and a pairing card for the Free Pinotage and Biltong tastings. Tickets at www.plankton.mobi. or www.computicket.co.za from 1 March. For more info visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

Sunday, 19th November Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch featuring the Bottelary Hills Stellenbosch wine route and celebrated, Scottish chef George Jardine with wines from Mooiplaas. Booking is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit www.wineroute.co.za. For more information phone 021 886 8275. Tickets to the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting prior to lunch and the ensuing three-course feast, served with glasses of estate wine paired with each course. Each guest also gets a bottle Bottelary Hills wine to enjoy at home


It has information about interesting wine, food and related events happening in the Westerm Cape and, occasionally, in other areas. It is as up to date as the information we have received from the various organisers. Accuracy in the descriptions of events listed here depends on the information given to us by the organisers or their publicity agents. Some of this information comes to us in hugely verbose communiqués which we have to précis to make it easier for you. We will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, however caused.

It you'd like us to publish news about an event, please send us the BASIC details: What, where, when, price. If we have to cut it down to the size we'll publish, it may take us too long to fit in to our very busy programme

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

Nadège Lepoittevin-Dasse has French cooking classes in Noordhoek and conducts cooking tours to Normandy. You can see more details here

Emma Freddi runs the Enrica Rocca cooking courses at her home in Constantia

16th May 2017

We write about our experiences in MENU, not only to entertain you, but to encourage you to visit the places and events that we do. We know you will enjoy them and we try to make each write up as graphic as we can, so you get a good picture of what is on offer at each place, restaurant, wine farm, festival we visit. 

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