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The Restaurant at Bramon Wine Estate, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

I have been in South Africa many times and have travelled the Garden Route on three of my visits.  Prior to the second visit, I became aware of Bramon Wine Estate and booked a lunch at their restaurant.  I was drawn to the place by virtue of the gorgeous pictures on their website, the type of food they serve (sharing plates/tapas style) and the fact that they make a sparkling wine from Sauvignon Blanc grapes (or a Methode Cap Classique (MCC) as South African bubbly is called).  On our first visit, we had booked an outside table for lunch (among the vines) and hoped the weather would oblige – and we were so thankful it did.  On our second visit, we dropped by without a reservation and we got an outside table but all the tables between the vines were booked. Advertisements

Principato – Pinot Grigio Blush

It’s a Pinot Grigio – but it’s Pink! Background: The Principato Pinot Grigio Blush is a light, crisp and refreshing Rose from the Vinezie wine region, Trentino, North West Italy.  Principato means Princely Realm in english and the winery began production in 1978 and is now one of the most popular and affordable Italian wines. Description: The short fermentation on the skin gives this modern Pinot Grigio a delicate pink, coppery colour.  It is a floral wine, with soft fruit characters with notes of peach and an off dry finish. Alcohol Content: It has an alcohol content of 12%. Serving Suggestions: Serve on its own, with light appetisers, with seafood dishes or with Asian or Mexican inspired cuisine. Stockists: Available at Morton’s Galway for E12.99 currently.

My visit to the Magic of Bubbles Festival 2010, Franschhoek, South Africa

Life through a glass of Bubbles! Franschhoek (French Corner) is a gorgeous foodie village set in the heart of the Western Cape winelands and easily accessible from Cape Town.  It is known as The Gourmet Capital of South Africa and is home to many wonderful restaurants (including Le Quartier Francais, recently awarded 36th place in the Worlds Top 50 restaurants).  The village is also surrounded by some fantastic vineyards which dot the spectacular mountains around the village. The Franschhoek Magic of Bubbles 2010 fell on the first weekend in December with the Sunday coinciding with our departure back to cold Ireland.  What better way could there be to spend our last day than sipping bubbles in the warm sunshine of beautiful Franschhoek? The South African produced sparkling wine is called MCC – Methode Cap Classique.  The quality is generally very good indeed; on a par with most champagnes and, I would say, better than the majority of the prosecco and cava that is available on the Irish market. In South Africa, a bottle of good MCC will retail from the equivalent of about e10 making it an …