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Spice Route Wine Estate- an artisan playground of endless fun!

Spice Route Wine Estate- an artisan playground of endless fun!

All I can say is WOW!  Charles Back is a marketing genius!  By buying the Seidelberg Estate (two farms down from Fairview) – he has created a hub of artisan fun on the Suid Agter Paarl Rd that is too hard to resist. The first step of the metamorphosis from Seidelberg to Spice Route was to bring the Spice Route wines across from Fairview and to turn the original tasting room into the Spice Route tasting centre.  The odd thing…

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Organic & Biodynamic – Avondale Vineyard Tour……doing things naturally!

Organic & Biodynamic – Avondale Vineyard Tour……doing things naturally!

A book could be written about the farming practices at Avondale!  Avondale is one of the oldest estates in the Paarl Valley.  In 1997 the John & Ginny Grieve (who own Vital Foods) purchased Avondale.  In 2000 tragedy struck when a devastating fire cleared the estate.  However, out of something harmful came an opportunity.   Their son – Johnathan Grieve – rose to the challenge and used the “clean slate” to start trying to restore the nutrients in the soil by…

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Artisanal Chocolate in the Cape – from Bean to Bar!

Artisanal Chocolate in the Cape – from Bean to Bar!

It took a visit to DV chocolates to realize that chocolate has become a commodity.  Chocolate is of course made from Cocoa Beans.  These beans come from many different regions and their flavour profile not only changes from region to region – but will also be affected each year by things such as climate – eg a dry year.  As such chocolate can have an estimated 600 different flavour compounds!! So how do the big chocolate guys make their chocolate…

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A slice of Heaven-on-Earth in Hermanus

A slice of Heaven-on-Earth in Hermanus

I don’t seem to find enough time to blog – life just seems to get so busy and things just pile up!  So now, we have a big pile to work through and share.  This series of blogs is going to share some new places I have found as well as some of my favourite places and experiences in the Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.  As always – I want this website to be a place where fellow foodies…

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A day out in the Cape’s oldest Wine Regions

A day out in the Cape’s oldest Wine Regions

My company Cape Fusion Tours focuses on offering wine & gourmet experiences of the Cape region South Africa.  As all of my tours are private, each day tour gets tailor made to the client’s interests.  Last week I had returning clients who had booked to do two more wine tours with me on their stay in South Africa.  It is great fun to have guys who have been before as it takes the preassure out of having to go through…

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