1. New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
    Haute Cabriere's 2017 vintage of their very popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir has just arrived at Hard To Find Wines! "The 2017 vintage yielded grapes of outstanding quality, resulting in a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity." says Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim.   Cellar Master's Reflections The two noble Burgundian cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir form the cornerstone of Haute Cabrière’s wine...
  2. Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
    A big favourite at Hard to Find Wines HQ is Haute Cabrière’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Whilst it’s a perfect wine to drink on its own, Chardonnay Pinot Noir works very well with seafood. Here is the perfect complimentary recipe created by Haute Cabrière’s chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller.   Grilled line fish with sauce vierge paired with Haute...
  3. Food and Wine Pairing: Spring Selection

    Food and Wine Pairing: Spring Selection
    A wonderful wine choice for the spring season is Haute Cabriere Pierre Jourdan Tranquille. Here is a beautiful, well-designed spring starter created by Haute Cabriere's chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller that pairs well with this wine. "Beetroot and goat’s cheese is a classic combination. We added a playful element with the kataifi pastry making it perfect to use for home entertaining," says Nic van Wyk...
  4. A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines

    A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines
    Book Now! We are really excited to be welcoming Haute Cabriere's cellar master, Takuan von Arnim to the UK this week. He will be hosting two events in celebration of Haute Cabriere's wonderful wines. Our London event is sold out, but there are still a few places at our food and wine pairing event this Saturday evening, to be held at our Shropshire...
  5. Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018

    Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018
    You are invited to join Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master of Haute Cabriere, for two exclusive evenings hosted by Hard To Find Wines in London and Shropshire in March 2018 Meet the Cellar Master: Thursday, 8 March at High Timber Restaurant in London, EC4V 3PA from 6.30pm. For more information and your FREE ticket, CLICK HERE. An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere: Saturday...
  6. Christmas is Coming

    Christmas is Coming
    Are you wondering which wines you should serve with your Christmas meal? Hard To Find Wines is here to help you with a wide selection of wines perfect for Christmas celebrations.  Mark Davies has specifically picked the wines listed below as the perfect Christmas selection. The list includes sparkling wine, red wines, white wines and fortified wine. Sparkling Wine for Christmas Langlois...
  7. Three must-do Franschhoek wine experiences

    Three must-do Franschhoek wine experiences
    If you are due to visit Cape Town for your holiday, make sure you include a trip to Franschhoek to experience some of the Cape Wineland's best wine estates. Franschhoek is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is situated 46 miles outside of Cape Town, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. The name Franschhoek means French Corner and...
  8. Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus

    Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus
    Haute Cabriere, an iconic Franschhoek wine farm and a favourite stop on many of our clients' visits to South Africa, has released their 2017 summer menus. To complement the new menus and the beautiful setting of their location, Haute Cabriere will be extending their Tasting Room and Restaurant opening hours from 1 November. “With summer approaching it only makes sense to make this beautiful setting available for longer, and extend our food and wine offering,” comments Marketing Manager Lientjie McLachlan. New tasting room tapas and oyster menu for summer The Tasting Room will extend its hours 1 November 2017, and will be open from Mondays to Saturdays and Public Holidays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. A tapas-style, small plates menu has been introduced at the Tasting Room as a perfect accompaniment to the range of Haute Cabriere wines and Méthode Cap Classiques.  Various plates of tapas style food from Haute Cabriere's Tasting Room summer menus with Haute Cabriere's Pierre Jourdan Brut and other wines The small plates menu will be served on the terrace from 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday during the South African summer season to allow guests to linger a little longer while taking in views of the valley. Restaurant dining now open seven days a week Continue reading →
  9. Meet Mark Davies - an interview

    Meet Mark Davies - an interview
    We caught up with Mark Davies, Director of Hard To Find Wines recently and put some questions to him about the business, wine and life in general (well, as it pertains to wine of course!). Question: Please briefly explain your role at HTFW. I am currently a man with many hats. From sourcing new wines and liaising with existing suppliers, keeping the website up to date (as much as possible) and boxing and sending the wines from our warehouse. All in all very much a plate spinner and juggler! Question: How did you get into the industry? Out of university I spent several years working in the catering industry as a chef, so was always surrounded by wine and people with a thorough knowledge of wines. Having worked unsociable hours in a hot and steamy kitchen for 5 years it was an easy decision to jump ship and enter the world of wine importing. Question: What convinced you to start HTFW? A friend had been working in the wine industry specialising in South African wines and operating on a local basis and was looking to expand his business. In partnership Hard to Find Wines was established. Question: How did HTFW begin? Continue reading →
  10. 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 →

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