SOME PLEASANT SURPRISES ON THE NEW BALATA RESTAURANT WINELIST

Few things are as truly South African as our beloved national flower, the Protea. Its exotic looks and longevity make this a treasured gift on any occasion.

Imagine my joy when select items from the Anthonij Rupert Protea wine range found its way to the newly launched Balata Restaurant wine list this month. Now Balata Restaurant is no stranger to fine wines and the Rupert & Rothschilds of the world are listed alongside the Meerlust Rubicons and its snobbish family members on the wine menu.

Reality is that many of our pockets are just not deep enough to mix and match Moet Chandon with  Salmon Vichyssoise every time we go for dinner.  It makes me pleased as punch to see that a more affordable option is available to grace our tables as we enjoy the new Balata Restaurant fine dining menu.

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“Everything about this range seeks to marry the old with the new”, Rupert Wines reports. “The heritage of the vines, innovatively tied into distinctive packaging designs, is made to be re-used and recycled, thus prolonging the lifecycle of the product.”

Now let’s just pause there for a moment.

Instead of the standard (yawn) traditional label, each Protea wine bottle has a gorgeous permanent label created by fashion designer Mark Eisen. This is printed directly on the glass with metal-free inks.

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Since drinking with a conscience is what we do best, leftover bottles can be re-used for storing oils, vinegar, juices and the likes. It also opens up a world of recycling options for those who are into creating wine glasses from bottles or fancy them as a candle holder on the dinner table.

For those of us who are really committed to recycling and repurposing, a delightful challenge awaits:  Any takers ?

 

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If you can’t make it to Balata Restaurant this week, but you really should – it’s just been payday – the Rupert Wines website is sharing this divine Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad, great with  their Protea Rosé wine:

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Follow this link for the recipe: http://www.rupertwines.com/product.php?id_product=115

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Nectarine and Plum Caprese Salad

Enjoy It With

Protea

Rosé

2016

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Total Time: 10min

Prep Time  0min

Yield:  2 – 4 people

Level:  Easy

Ingredients

Method

Cut the plum in thin slices removing the pit when you cut into it.

Cut the Nectarines into 8 wedges and remove the pit

Cut the bocconcini balls in half

Arrange the plums and Peaches on a beautiful plate

Scatter the tomatoes and the mozzarella on top and garnish with the basil leaves. The big leaves you can tear in half.

Lastly drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the salad to dress.

If you want, you can serve it with some basil pesto and balsamic cream.

I strongly advise to make this salad fresh and serve it immediately.

 

IN VINO VERITAS.

SIMONSIG FOOD AND WINE PAIRING 29 SEPTEMBER

I’ve always been a huge fan of Simonsig wines and exactly 12 months ago the extended family hopped onto a train and spent a few glorious days in Cape Town which included  a wonderful day at Simonsig Wine Estate.

Fast forward to 2016 and we are sitting high and wine-dry up in Johannesburg with the wisdom of  Francis Bacon top of mind: “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” Originally coined from a Turkish saying, it has every application to our Simonsig Wine dinner, we thought, as we extended an invitation to the wine farm to host a food and wine pairing dinner at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Randburg.


The venue for this Simonsig Wine evening is  our up-market Balata Restaurant, which scooped its 5th American Express Fine Dining Awards last week. Dinner is at 19h00 on 29 September with the menu prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler. (Insider tip: Arrive a bit earlier to enjoy an aperitif in Bar Verve.)

The menu looks tantalizing and includes the following food and wine combinations:

ON ARRIVAL : Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 1: Marinated West Coast mussels salad with ciabatta croutons |paired with Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

STARTER 2:  Garlic snails Gougere, pork rillette and sautéed duck liver |paired with Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc 2015

MAINS:  Chicken supreme en croute forestiere | paired with Simonsig Tiara 2011 and Pinotage 2014

DESSERT:  Three strawberries Meringue pancake, sorbet and jelly | paired with Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2014

R350 per person

Being the responsible adults that we are, we recommend that you make use of this great stay over offer or at least Uber home after your wine dinner out: Receive 50% DISCOUNT on accommodation – from R1200 per couple sharing, including breakfast.

ALL DINNER AND ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS: Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  | Stefaniep@thefairway.co.za 

Some personal flashbacks to wine tasting at the real McCoy – Simonsig Wine Estate:

ABOUT SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE

Simonsig Estate upholds the legendary status of pioneering wine excellence shaped by the Malan dynasty’s devotion to quality and innovative winemaking. Named after its dramatic views of the Simonsberg Mountain, the estate is ideally situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine region, 45 km east of Cape Town. Here the cool maritime Mediterranean climate and quintessential terroir flawlessly intertwine to create world class wines. Since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape Winelands in 1688, the knowledge imparted over more than ten generations has equipped the Malan family to excel as one of the leading private producers of estate wines in South Africa. Read more….

Follow our Facebook page for more wine dinners at The Fairway Hotel:

Diarise the following dates:

Innis & Gunn:           20 October 2016 (Scottish Craft beer tasting)
Warwick:                  24 November 2016

R350 per person | Contact us:  (011) 478 8000  |  anushav@thefairway.co.za

 

 

Haute Cabrière – Fine dining evening at Fairway Hotel – 30 July. Bookings now open.

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Balata Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is looking forward to hosting a food & wine pairing evening with the celebrated Haute Cabrière Wine Estate.

Cradled by the Franschhoek Mountains and deeply rooted in history, Haute Cabrière – The Home of Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique –  is one of Franschhoek’s most exquisite food and wine destinations, where visitors get to experience a deep passion for wine, a culture of wine pairing and the art of sabrage. Fairway Hotel is delighted to bring this piece of paradise to Johannesburg for a food and wine pairing evening, with fine dining prepared by Fairway Hotel’s Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler.

Fine dining guests who wish to stay over after the wine dinner, qualify for a 50% discount on the room rate – breakfast is included with our compliments the following morning.

As the event is sure to sell out very quickly, please book with Anusha as soon as possible on 011 478 8000 or anushav@thefairway.co.za. R325pp

http://www.thefairway.co.za