Category Archives: Sparkling Wines & Champagnes

Wine tasting at Plaisir de Merle

Pl de M 1Cape Town Series: One of the highlights of my visit to the Cape Winelands was a visit to one of the most incredibly picturesque and renowned estates of this remarkable wine country.  The great Plaisir de Merle vineyards, that wrap majestically around the dramatic Simonsberg Mountain, can trace its origins to the late 17th century. (more…)

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Wine tasting at Spier Wine Farm

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It was a real delight to sit down with Jacques Erasmus, Spier’s talented white wine maker, beneath the imposing Heath Nash chandelier — made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles and weighing 370kgs — which hangs above the tasting area of the Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. (more…)

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Do you have a question about wine?

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Swahili Coast Foodie looks forward to meeting readers from Dar es Salaam at the city’s 11th wine festival. To mark the occasion you are invited to send me your questions about the world of wine for a special Q and A series in the coming weeks. (more…)

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The Art of Winemaking at Plaisir de Merle

comp 1Cape Town Series: As the 11th Dar Wine Festival approaches it’s a perfect time to get an exclusive expert insight into how grapes are transformed into award-winning vino by acclaimed wine maker Niel Bester at Plaisir de Merle. (more…)

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Wine Tasting and Jazz Evening at Akemi, March 2016

mainIn March, Akemi ̶ Dar es Salaam’s only revolving restaurant ̶ staged the first of its increasingly popular wine tasting and jazz events for 2016. (more…)

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Beyond Moet & Chandon: Champagne to toast in 2015!

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Nothing encapsulates the New Year celebrations more than the unmistakable sound of a cork popping from a Champagne bottle – the sparkling wine from the legendary French region synonymous with fine bubbly. Why beyond Moet you ask? Don’t get me wrong, I am fan of the world’s most popular Champagne just like everybody else. Every second a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV is sold somewhere around the world. That is more that 30 million bottles a year! (more…)

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