1. Which Event? Where to find Hard To Find Wines

    Which Event? Where to find Hard To Find Wines
    We have four events currently booked during the months of September and October. Oxford Wine Festival In September, we will be showcasing our wines at the Oxford Wine Festival as part of a group of the UK’s leading wine merchants. The Festival runs from Friday, 8 September to Saturday, 9 September at the Oxford Union. You can buy tickets to the event on the Festival’s website. If you take a look at the Oxford TV footage on the website, you will see us representing Hard To Find Wines at the 2015 Festival. Wozani Three Wine Men Also in September, we will be attending Wozani Three Wine Men. The event will be held at South Africa House on the evening of Tuesday, 12 September. You can buy tickets on the Three Wine Men website. Make sure you come and say hello! Continue reading →
  2. An Evening of Food and Wine with GlenWood

    An Evening of Food and Wine with GlenWood
    You are invited to an intimate evening of food and wine pairing hosted by GlenWood Vineyard's winemaker, DP Burger at Hard To Find Wines' Tasting Room in Shropshire on Friday, 15 September 2017 at 7pm UPDATE: all the accommodation packages have been purchased. We do still have food and wine packages available and we can recommend other local accommodation. Just email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk to enquire. The evening will include a South African taster menu accompanied by the wonderful wines of GlenWood Vineyards based in Franschhoek, South Africa, and will be hosted by DP Burger. DP has been winemaker at GlenWood for 25 years. His family has lived in Franschhoek for five generations. His great-great-grandfather witnessed and recorded the departure of the last elephant from the Franschhoek valley in 1868. Venue [caption id="attachment_757" align="alignleft" width="640"]High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor house[/caption] The evening will be held at Hard To Find Wines' Tasting Room with accommodation available in our beautiful, recently renovated 16th Century Tudor house, High Grosvenor, for those who would like the option of accommodation on-site. Continue reading →
  3. Bladen's Award Winning Wines

    [caption id="attachment_734" align="alignleft" width="863"]A lineup of Bladen's wine selection including pinot rose, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling Photo: Bladen Wines[/caption] It is winter now in New Zealand and Christine and Dave Macdonald of Bladen Wines, based in the Marlborough area are hard at work on the results of the 2017 harvest. "The 2016 vintage wines have been fantastic and we are thrilled to still have enough stock to run us through a little longer as the 2017 harvest was smaller than we had hoped for.  However, this last vintage is showing great promise from the tanks and barrels we are sampling and the first of these wines will be bottled very shortly," said Christine. Continue reading →
  4. Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve

    Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve
    Once you have your bottles of Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve ready to open, why not consider serving them with a dish created by Haute Cabriere's very own chef’s Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller. "As chefs, it’s easy to go to a restaurant and be able to know exactly what went into making the particular dish you are eating. Sometimes it’s complicated and if we were not chefs, we would not even attempt or begin to know," said Nic van Wyk. The style of this dish is classic French with a South African twist. "Our style of cooking also means that yes, perhaps things take time, but an average home cook can recreate the flavour," said Westley Muller. Grilled venison, vegetable pave, sauce cassis paired with Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve Haute Cabriere's Grilled Venison paired with Pinot Noir Reserve "A misconception about venison is that it tastes ‘funny’ or wild. With all natural produce, the flavours vary depending on a lot of things, but with most proteins as well, as soon as you add a sauce to it, only the seasoned palate would be able to pick up if a piece of steak was fed grain or organic food." commented Nic. Despite the three elements in this dish being rather simple on their own, it will take longer than a stew on the stove, but the chefs assured us it is a relatively easy dish to be able to recreate at home. Continue reading →
  5. Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future

    Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future
    Sustainability and Community Achim and Takuan von Arnim’s wine growing philosophy is set out on the sides of a sundial at the entrance to the Haute Cabriere Cellar: Sun Soil Vine Man. This represents their understanding that the elements of nature: sun and soil, work together with the vine to produce great wine, with man gently and respectfully orchestrating these elements as they create the eventual outcome and expression of the vintage. “Great wines are grown” summarises this perfectly. The three building blocks that form the foundation of Haute Cabriere are: family, focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Franschhoek. Continue reading →
  6. Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation

    Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation
    Innovation With as distinguished a history as that of Haute Cabriere, it is impressive that the estate has such a passion and drive towards innovation, whilst still showing a great respect and wonder for the past. Pioneering has been with Haute Cabriere since the beginning. So what stories of innovation surround where Haute Cabriere is now? There are many, so here we focus on just a small selection that show what makes Haute Cabriere a wine estate that is constantly innovating and developing. Continue reading →
  7. Haute Cabriere - Part 1: A Taste of History

    [caption id="attachment_661" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Cellar at Haute Cabriere The Cellar at Haute Cabriere[/caption] The Past The first thing that becomes apparent when arriving at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek, South Africa, is the immense weight of history that the wine estate bears, going as far back as 1694. To put that date in perspective, in the UK that year, both the Bank of England and Greenwich Hospital were established and according to legend, the year before in France, Champagne was created for the first time by Dom Pierre Pérignon who it is said infamously declared "Come quickly, I am drinking the stars". Continue reading →

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