1. 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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. Where in the world...? How to connect with us

    Where in the world...? How to connect with us
    How to connect with Hard To Find Wines You may be wondering how to connect with Hard To Find Wines. Here are a few ways you can meet us online and in person! Continue reading →
  6. Perfect Summer Wedding Wines

    Perfect Summer Wedding Wines
    Selecting the perfect wines for your summer wedding With summer wedding season in full swing, there is so much to be done! Planning a wedding is a complex operation with so many variables, such as dresses and suits, flowers and cars, speeches and food. One of the more enjoyable aspects of all this hard work is selecting the wines for your big day. So how do you go about planning and selecting the right wines for your reception? Continue reading →
  7. Rosé Myth Busters

    Rosé Myth Busters
    Separating fact from fiction Rosé has grown in popularity over the past decade with a real resurgence being noticed over the past two or three years. Hard To Find Wines has definitely seen a marked increase in sales of rosé this past year. Rosé however, often remains a bit of a mystery to those observing this phenomenon from the sidelines, whilst enjoying the more established red or white wines. Here are ten rosé myth busters to help you explain the truth around rosé to your friends who may look at you oddly when you bring a bottle to their dinner party. Continue reading →
  8. The Judgment of Paris

    Red wine glasses waiting for wine tasting During May, Hard To Find Wines presented a private tasting for Chelsea Wine Society. At first glance, that may not seem like too difficult a task for a wine importer and retailer. However, instead of a standard tasting, Hard To Find Wines was challenged to create a re-enactment of the Judgment of Paris! The Judgment of Paris - France v California The Judgment of Paris, also known as the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, pitted Californian wines against French wines in a blind tasting. On the Californian side were Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon. On the French side were white Burgundys and Bordeaux. The wine tasting was organised by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant who himself only sold French wines. It is said Spurrier believed the French wines would easily overcome the Californian competition. Continue reading →
  9. The meteoric comeback of Pinotage

    The meteoric comeback of Pinotage
    For many wine drinkers, Pinotage is very much a marmite grape variety, or so many think. The Pinotage varietal was developed in the early part of the 19th century in South Africa by Abraham Perold, the first viticulturalist specialist at Stellenbosch university. The idea was to produce a form of Pinot Noir, notoriously difficult to grow, that would thrive in...
  10. Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK

    Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK
    Mont Rochelle in the French Quarter of Franschhoek is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition and was purchased by the Richard Branson company back in 2014. Since then the old farm has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, as well as investing heavily into the infrastructure of the wine farm. The vineyard is located in a perfect position within...

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