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The Colour of Wine isn’t just another book about picturesque Cape vineyards. Instead, it tells the remarkable story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through the personal journeys of black winemakers. Woven through their stories are interviews with wine producers and politicians, chefs and sommeliers, connoisseurs and teachers, drinkers and tasters.
The book, twinned with the documentary film The Colour of Wine (included on DVD), explores the turbulent history of winemaking in South Africa, and the varied careers the industry has to offer. Wine doyen John Platter offers insights into where South African wine is now, and where the industry needs to go. You’ll also discover a rich array of local recipes that complement South African wines.
The Colour of Wine gives a taste of the changing world of South African wine.
From historic gabled manor houses to contemporary wineries, quirky family-run farms to iconic estates, country picnics to world-class fine dining restaurants, this 3rd edition of Wineries Of The Cape profiles 58 of the very best visitor experiences in the winelands.
All are within easy reach of Cape Town, and a top-notch wine selection is at the core of each of the wineries chosen for inclusion in the book.
This book is what happens when two guys spend way too much time obsessing about beer and food around a fire pit. Ride along as brothers-in-law Greg and Karl explore South Africa’s craft beer culture and meet the passionate people behind a few of their favourite beers.
Then braai your way through a collection of ridiculously tasty recipes and discover the world of food and beer pairing. Learn new ways to use beer and beer ingredients in your cooking and do it all with a cold brew in hand. This is Beer Country’s Beer. Food. Fire.
From cocktails, soups, salads, main dishes and sides to desserts and baking - A Year Of Seasonal Dishes caters for every occasion, including Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
Compiled by South Africa's most established food magazine, A Year Of Seasonal Dishes provides recipes for each month of the year using ingredients in season. A seasonal chart and the ultimate quantity conversion manual ensure fool-proof cooking.
Indispensable to chefs, students, cooks and all lovers of food and cooking.
In this new edition of Wineries Of The Cape, Lindsaye McGregor – a long-time contributor to Platter’s wine guides and a regular writer in the world of South African wine – shares her extensive industry knowledge by profiling 56 independently selected, must-visit wineries.
From historic gabled manor houses to contemporary wineries, quirky family-run farms to iconic estates, country picnics to world-class fine dining restaurants, all within easy reach of Cape Town, Wineries Of The Cape guides you in experiencing the very best of the winelands.
John Platter returns! With the same simple approach to wine which made him a household name in South Africa, he tells the stories of wines and winemakers; taste the wines himself; writes about them in language everyone can understand. Today’s winelands are another country. Young revolutionaries are leading a charge. Old campaigners are rising to the challenge. New areas, new varieties are being explored, ancient vineyards revived. Never has the wine scene been so exciting, so ready for this new book by an old hand. A writer who has also grown and made wine himself. This is not another Platter wine guide. It is not a list of the ‘best’ wines blind-tasted and scored by a panel. It is no more, no less, than John Platter’s purely personal picks of the wines he enjoys drinking. And why. It is completely different from any other wine book on the market. The stunning images are by photographer Clinton Friedman.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you need to read this book.
Cathy Marston takes you on a wine appreciation journey from easy drinking sweets, through the popular sauvignon blancs (sew-vin-yon blonks), bubblies, dessert wines and on to the fuller reds, with the sole aim of giving you confidence in your wine choices. The confidence to enjoy drinking wine; to see it as a pleasure, not a potential source of embarrassment; and above all, to help you become confidently curious about trying something new.
Because the real secret of wine success is that the more you drink, the more you know. Admittedly, the less you probably remember, but hey – you can’t have everything.
Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.
The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the 'Big Five Pints' – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.
Beer Safari is the only South African beer book whose author has, in person, visited every one of the 100-plus breweries to get the brewers’ stories, photograph their often quirky brewing setups and of course, to taste their beers. Peppered between the inspiring tales of passionate brewers, are snippets of essential beer knowledge – ideal for the 'beerginner' – alongside checklists that will appeal to newbie beer drinkers and veterans alike. Whether readers are looking for family-friendly beery weekends away, the cutest brewpubs with the finest views or a list of where to go for South Africa’s hoppiest ales, Beer Safari is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide.
The directory showcases everything needed to continue the beer journey – for those who prefer to enjoy other people’s wares, there are recommendations for liquor stores and bars offering a supreme selection of beer. Those who yearn to brew their own will find information on homebrewing stores, courses and clubs throughout the country. Written in Corne’s signature light-hearted style, and with a fresh, vibrant design, Beer Safari perfectly captures the exciting and unpretentious nature that characterises the South African craft beer scene.
Are you planning the ultimate summer cocktail party? Do you long to unwind on a hot tropical beach with a cool drink? Bring a taste of the tropics to your home with Let's Get Tropical. Celebrate summer with over 60 fabulously fruity tropical drinks from Tiki Mai Tais to Cuban Mojitos. Discover the origins of these classic cocktail recipes and get the low down on rum, tequila and other popular exotic spirits. If you need a break from the booze, many recipes feature a "lose the booze" option with all the fruity flavour but none of the hangover. Non alcoholic cocktails can be just as fun! Learn how to mix your drinks like a pro, make delicious, homemade syrups and infusions and create your own flavour combinations. Featuring fun presentation ideas and twists on the classics, get creative and serve your guests a cocktail they will remember - if they haven't had too many Pina Coladas!
The largest John Platter guide yet!
Since 1980, Platter's has been the winelover's must-have companion for exploring the world of South African wine. The guide's independent ratings and reviews are the result of a best-of-both-worlds system of sighted and blind tastings.
This 39th edition features over 8000 wines from more then 900 producers, along with 100-point equivalents for the familiar star rating, and useful information for learning about and traveling in our beautiful winelands.
Mutli-million dollar branded or small-scale craft creation? Lager or ale? Boldly quaffed or genteelly sipped? However you enjoy your beer, you may not know as much about it as you think. 30-Second Beer is here to enlighten you, with a trip around the world's beers, a look at brewing history, a dissection of the different sorts of brew and their unique characteristics, and an up-to-date overview of the current craft scene and the various (and ever-changing) fashions in beer drinking. 50 topics, divided under seven chapter headings, offering short, witty summaries, whether covering the basics or trade secrets. You'll pick up the knowledge without noticing-and by the time you reach the last page, you'll be able to hold your own with local beer experts anywhere in the world.
Botany at the Bar is a bitters-making handbook with a beautiful, botanical difference - three scientists present the back-stories and exciting flavours of plants from around the globe and all in a range of tasty, healthy tinctures. Botanists Selena Ahmed, Ashley DuVal and Rachel Meyer from the New York based craft bitters-making company, Shoots & Roots Bitters, take us on an enlightening trip throughout the plant world as they share their unique expertise on the ecology, cultural practices, and medicinal properties just waiting to be discovered at the bottom of your glass. Notes on the origins of bitters, the science of taste and phytochemistry are followed by a neat guide on how to extract and make herbal infusions at home. Add enlightening plant profiles with a mix of unique botanical drink recipes, and this is a truly fascinating experiential insight into the vital meaning of biodiversity today.
Winemaking is as old as civilization itself and wine has always been more than just a drink. For thousands of years, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to its current status as a vast global industry, the history of wine has been directly related to major social, cultural, religious and economic changes. This fascinating and entertaining book takes a look at 100 bottles that mark a significant change in the evolution of wine and winemaking and captures the innovations and discoveries that have had the biggest impact on the history of `bottled poetry'. From goatskin to the German Ratskeller casks and invention of the glass wine bottle, from the short onion-shaped bottles of the 1720s to the tall cylindrical bottles of the 1780s, why Bordeaux, Burgundy and Hoch have their own distinctive bottle shape to the distinctive Paul Masson carafe of the 1970s. Other stories cover the first cork-topped bottles to screw caps, bag-in-box, cans and cartons, early wine labels once glue was strong enough, the first wine labels to be produced by a vineyard (and not a merchant as previously) and commissioned artwork by the 20th century's most iconic artists for labels on high-end bottles; historically important and unique bottles: the oldest unopened, the most expensive sold at auction, the rarest; wines from the oldest vineyard in production, from the driest place on earth, from the highest and lowest vineyards and the most northern and southern. Oz Clarke also writes about the people who have influenced wine through the centuries, from the medieval Cistercian monks of Burgundy who first thought of place as an important aspect of wine's identity, through scientists like Pasteur and Peynaud who improved key technical aspects of winemaking, to 20th-century giants like Robert Mondavi and Robert Parker Jr. Oz also talks about famous vintages, from the 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein to the first Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 and today's cult wines from Bordeaux and California. Word Count - 55,000
Rose is in the pink these days, and it's no surprise - whether you're at a picnic or a barbecue, enjoying a cosy night in or a big night out, with a glass of rose in hand everything is just peachy. Bringing together the finest blend of recipes, clever quips, trivia and statements from aficionados the world over, this little book raises a glass to the rising star of the wine world: rose.
For years, Prosecco has been waiting in the wings for the right time to make its sparkling appearance - and now it's taking the world by storm and putting the fizz into all social occasions! This book, packed with recipes, facts, trivia and tips on hosting the perfect sparkling-wine soiree, will make you even more mad about Prosecco than you already are!
From a sophisticated evening in to a fun night out, gin is the perfect go-to drink for every social occasion. This book will be your gin-cyclopedia, serving up new and classic cocktail recipes, including the Martini, Negroni and Monkey Gland (but only if you dare to try it!). With a dash of sparkling humour and a flourish of inspiration, this heady mixture will make gin o'clock your favourite time of day. It's time to let the fun beGIN!
For mixologists of the highest calibre, mixing truly fantastic drinks is just the start. The world's very best bartenders interact on a more personal level with their customers and exhibit a sophisticated range of skills that deliver a truly memorable visitor experience. In Ultimate Bartending, Paul Martin, one of the UK's most renowned and decorated bartender trainers, shares the secrets that have enabled him to transform countless promising mixologists into some of the greatest. He covers topics as diverse as heads-up bartending, offering recommendations, building rapport, projecting passion, delivering service pro-actively, reading your guest, using positive body language, dealing with stress, seizing opportunity and much more. If you want to evolve your skills, enjoy significantly more job satisfaction and elevate your career, this book will show you how to achieve your true inner potential.
This new cookbook from internationally popular Ole Smoky Moonshine blends craft moonshine and Appalachia history with 65 family recipes in one delicious Southern package. In 2009, the Tennesse law changed and suddenly it was legal to make, distill, and sell the infamous bootlegger's hooch, moonshine. Steeped in rich family history, the Bakers started their business, which now retails globally and offers more than twenty creative flavors. But at the heart of Ole Smoky moonshine are the Appalachian Mountains and the food that goes with it. A mom who loves to cook at home, Jessi Baker shares her recipes (not all of them boozy) that have fed her family, from moonshine eggnog to cornbread cooked in a skillet to salads, soups, steaks, and more. Easy to follow and make, this cookbook is sure to add a bit of shine to your family's table.
For anyone who has ever woken up with a throbbing head, a churning stomach, and an overwhelming sense of remorse, this book is for you. Why not try a 'hair of the dog' Bloody Mary or the ultimate sandwich to soak up the booze? Or, if you can't face food yet, what about a morning quickie (well, you might as well if you can't face getting out of bed)? Also includes pre-game tips so you can cushion the blow before you start boozing. If you've had one pint too many or gone a flirtini too far, don't let the morning after ruin the fun of the night before. This little book has 50 foolproof tips for fending off the dreaded hangover, from the tried and tested to the downright ridiculous. Whether you're gearing up for a big night out or crying, "Never again!" the morning after, this is a book to keep by your bed (with a big glass of water)!
The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one image, all digestible in just 30 seconds. 30-Second Whisky uses this unique approach to demystify the subject for everyone. Compiled by whisky experts, not elites, this beginner's guide serves up all you need to read the message in the bottle in 50 small nips--or rather, a mere 300 words and one picture. Here's how to enjoy whisky--or whiskey--from the single malts and blends of Scotland to the acclaimed Irish, North American, and Asian counterparts.
A scintillating saunter through global beer culture that will inform, educate and entertain whilst quenching the thirst of beer drinkers, whether they are globe-trotting enthusiasts or armchair aficionados. Ale seekers, beer buffs, and novices alike will gain a fascinating insight into the world of beer, from bitters, to stouts, and sour ales to pale ales and saisons. Updated to provide an overview of key developments in the beer world, this classic guide explores the craft brewery revolution in the United States which has thrown up hundreds of fascinating and tasty ales, some created and sold in tiny brewpubs, others made in small and medium-sized breweries, from Portland to Denver, Boston to San Diego. Meanwhile, a beer and food revolution is underway, with beer becoming a valid accompaniment to fine food as lovers of quality ale are championing their tipple as a credible alternative to a glass of wine with dinner. Seven years on from the original publication, this new and revised edition of a much-loved title provides insightful resumes of all that is happening in the constantly changing world of beer. An authoritative, engaging review of the world's best beers to sip and savour!
Rachel de Thample has gathered a collection of the best of these ancient drinks and traditional remedies, along with a few modern spins, offering tips on how to best build them into a busy lifestyle. Organised into three chapters, she covers Tonics such as Dairy Keifr, Beet Kvass, Nettle Tonic and Ginger Shots; Teas such as Grasshopper Tea, Spice Route Tea, Armenian Herbal Tea and Afghan Pin Chai, plus delicious and beneficial Drinks such as Elderflower Cordial, Amazake and Kombucha. This eclectic mix of natural brews is the perfect way to give your body a healthy boost.
Oz Clarke, Britain's most popular wine writer, is absolutely in tune with what wine drinkers want today - flavour, individuality, excellent value for money and wines that are readily available. Oz has tasted thousands of wines over the past year and here are his tips for good value whites and roses for the coming spring and summer. Oz has chosen over 100 real wines, not faceless brands, wines with individuality and a sense of their origins. There's no need for such wines to cost the earth - it's just a matter of knowing where to look and in this book Oz has done the hard work for you. All the still white and rose wines in the book cost less than a tenner, with most of the wines nearer the GBP5 mark so there are plenty of memorable flavours out there for you to try without breaking the bank. We love fizz in this country and the longer the sun stays out, the more we drink of it. Oz has selected his favourite Champagnes that deliver top flavours at decent prices, as well as good-value sparklers, both white and rose, at less than GBP15 a bottle, and there are even two black sparkling Shirazes as a final treat.
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