Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wines on auction

The line up for the 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction taking place at Spier, Stellenbosch in October has been released.

Adi, who made his debut at the 2008 auction, has had two wines selected this year, the only Botrytis dessert wine on auction, AA Badenhorst Family Wines Kalmoesfontein Semillon Noble Late Harvest Volume 2 2008 and his Auction Red 2005.

For more info see Diana Proctor's blog and keep an eye on the CWG website.

It's a revolution...

The cat it out of the bag, the red wine is spilled on the white table cloth, the revolution has started...

A Badenhorst Family Wines, Mullineux Family Wines, Porcelain Mountain Wines, Sequillo Cellars and The Sadie Family Wines
brings you the first annual Swartland Revolution Weekend.

When: 12 – 13 November 2010
Where: Riebeek Kasteel

Over the past 15 years the Swartland region has grown in stature and complexity and today there are enough contrasting wines to showcase this diversity over a weekend.

The aim of the revolutionary weekend is to raise general awareness of the area, and although there might be stylistic and philosophical differences in the wines to be showcased, they all share a common sense of place – as with all great wine regions of the world.

For the first forum we have invited Stefan Ogier from Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier from Ampuis, France. He is a world-renowned producer of fine Rhône wine.

There will also be tastings conducted by some of the local producers in formal and informal formats as well as great meals prepared by Reuben(of Reuben’s Restaurant fame) and local culinary hero Mynhardt Jouberof Bar Bar Black Sheep.

For more details including a teaser programme and booking informationvisit our website.

The Swartland is producing some of South Africa’s most exciting wines, with its old bush vines expressing a lot of intensity of fruit. Winemakers such as Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst have made their names in this incredible region with unique terroir and wine making styles. – Under the influence, June 2010

So, tired of fashonista cuvees, head out to Malmesbury to embrace the zeitgeist of zef wine – Neil Pendock, May 2010

There is unqualified respect for the area’s terroir and the wines it produces. In its favour are ancient soils, old bush vines and interesting grapes – from Chenin Blanc, red and white Grenache to Clairette Blanche and Shiraz. WOSA

Monday, July 26, 2010

The fresh food market in San Francisco

On Saturday, after a "very serious tasting with my friend Graham who makes wine there as well as two real SA wine ambassadors Chuck and Jim from JJ Buckley wines and K&L Wine Merchants" Adi visited a fresh food market in San Francisco, 

I hear ice smoothies was in high demand to nurse a pounding head and all veggie needs was well covered. 

From "ugly yet tasty" Heirloom Tomatoes, to 

mini mushroom farms...

Taking the tram there on a lazy Saturday morning is a must...

Taste and chat with Adi at the Grande Roche

Bosman's Restaurant at the Grande Roche in Paarl will be hosting a wine tasting every fortnight starting in August. Meet the hotel's new Head Sommelier, Josephine Gutentoft, who will be hosting these tastings with the winemakers and ambassadors from the respective wineries. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the winemakers, buy the wines at cellar prices and simply to increase ones wine knowledge whilst sampling some of South Africa's fine wines. There will be no charge for the event but reservations are essential.

See Adi there in September...

13 AugustMarcel van der Walt from Veenwouden Winery
17 AugustCraig Hawkins from Lammershoek Winery
31 AugustDieter Sellmeyer from Lynx Wines
14 SeptemberAdi Badenhorst from AA Badenhorst Family Wines
28 SeptemberArnold Voster from Graham Beck Wines
5 OctoberJohnnie Calitz from Anura Winery

Time : 18h00

Christine Visagie at 
christine@granderoche.co.za or Tel. 021 863 5100

Monday, July 19, 2010

The adventures of Adi in the USA~

This week our winemaker Mr Adi Badenhorst himself hops on a plane to the U.S of A again and leaves wife Cornelia with the kids on the farm.

We hope he gets time to fill us in on his travels as he goes from New York to San Fran and down to Jacksonville in Florida, so that we can keep up with the American adventures.

Watch this space as Malmesbury goes to New York baby!

Wise words from a man with good taste...

Cape based Food and Wine Critic Jean-Pierre Rossouw talked to House and Leisure SA about his new book Tasting the Cape in their Juny Issue. 

They asked him if there are any new wineries he has his eye on, and what do you know... 

He had other answers as well, see what the man with the good taste had to say: 

Read a review on his new book here, or check out House and Leisure for more!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our new favourite site~

Not only is this site designed and build of our close friend Morne Fischer, it also features Jamie Who (who blogged about us a while ago, and vice versa) as well as our first stab at online advertising (or any advertising for that matter) for our wines. 

Africionado is a lifestyle website that brings you the best in high-end blogs, created by Justine Stafford of IFor1 Independent Fashion Blog and her Aficionado co-conspirators…
You probably haven’t seen anything like it but the name says it all: they are fans of great food and wine , beautiful clothes and interiors, awe-inspiring art and photography and breathtaking travel destinations.
Have a look at http://aficionado.co.za/ - we recommend it!

Monday, July 12, 2010

visit, revisit and visit again

London based Jamie Goode blogs about his visit to Kalmoesfontein in a lovely tribute to Adi, his mad skills and the lovely piece of Swartland valley where we make our wines.

Includes nice images of our much loved Peet Pienaar labels as well. Read the lovely article here.

n Vriendin vir elke man in die kombuis

Sarie (Suid Afrika se beste verkoper onder vroue tydskrifte en 'n vriendin vir elke vrou) gee nou ook n mans kos tydskrif uit. Die konsep is effe vreemd, maar maak goed sin.

En natuurlik hou ons daarvan dat hul van ons wyn hou!

In die eerste uitgawe (Augustus 2010) besoek hul Bar-Bar-Black Sheep op Riebeek Kasteel (ook een van ons gunsteling restuarante) en geniet die witversnit saam met n kreef hoofgereg.

Lees meer in die tydskrif self, of hier bo. Hul weet ook die Swartland is die nuwe plek om te wees...

The state of wine writers...

A while ago we blogged about Danish photographer Linda Suhr's book on South African wine, called 'A Passion for Wine & Surf' which featured our farm.

This weekend Neil Pendock caught on as he searched for a decent book on the local wine industry in his local Exclusive Books... 

And he even calls Adi a beefcake... Referring to this image

 Read more here.