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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES #152 (article first published : 2006-06-12)

Major wine shows do not often come to Durban, so it is welcome news that the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival will be here on June 30, at the Ushaka Marine World from 18h00 to 21h00.

Juliet Cullinan, who lives in Johannesburg, is one of South Africa’s most successful and knowledgeable wine promoters. This festival, which is sponsored by the Standard Bank, has been running for 15 years mainly in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This is Juliet’s second visit to Durban, and she will be presenting “boutique wines” from the Cape, special items which reflect in particular the terroir, or soil conditions, in which their grapes were grown.

The range of South African wines is expanding rapidly; Juliet says a new winery opens every ten days. She says she aims to display a selection of the best at affordable prices.

Everyone is welcome providing they are over 18, smoke outside and refrain from wearing perfume or aftershave for the evening (the scents interfere with discriminating palates and noses).

Tickets R50, which includes a free tasting glass and unlimited tastings, available at the door or in advance, and a ten percent discount is offered for ten or more tickets. More information from Juliet Cullinan Wines on 011 447 1885, e-mail julietcullinan@tiscali.co.za

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The monthly gourmet wine dinners at Durban’s Hilton Hotel continue to flourish, with a regular attendance of about 120 people. My wife and I recently attended one at which Guy Webber, winemaker at Stellenzicht Vineyards, Stellenbosch, presented five of his wines to accompany a highly distinctive five-course dinner.

The Stellenzicht wines served were the sauvignon blanc 2005, chardonnay 2003, semillon 2002, pinotage 2002 and shiraz 2003. They were all first-rate. I had a slight preference for the semillon, dry, elegant and complex, and the shiraz, the latter served with the dessert, unusual but not a bad idea.

The menu prepared by chef Warwick Thomas was North Coast oysters; prawns with a red Thai curry and coconut cream; Tabbouleh, a Middle East palate cleaner of bulgur wheat, tomato, mint, parsley and citrus; loin of springbok with a crust of apricot and sage, served with mealie meal and potato sushi, butternut dumplings and beans; and apple and raspberry pie with clotted cream and toasted almonds. Not quite what you get at home every day.

The cost for these monthly events: R195 per person for a five-course dinner and five wines. More information from Yasmin Jacobs at the Hilton Hotel on 031 336 8204.




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