Wednesday, June 15, 2011


With an unseasonably cool weekend in Chicago, we have no real choice but to enjoy great wines. Beach is out, but Red Wine is in. Rich and I went to the Warwick wines dinner at Naha on Friday night. First of course we stopped at Rich’s new favorite restaurant for a drink and hob nob with a chef buddy of his. Funny thing about chefs, they never have time to meet with you unless you are talking about their food.

Anyway, we ended up at Naha to taste the wines of Warwick Estate in South Africa. We met with a bunch of wine loving folks and winery honcho Mike Ratcliffe. Mike is a great guy, very outgoing and had a great knack for remembering names. We tasted many of the wines that the vineyard has to offer and fell in love with the Pinotage

The below is from the web:
The wine has a deep and intense garnet colour. The nose shows ripe cassis and smoky flavours that fuses with almond and chocolate aromas. The palate is full round with ripe chewy tannins and flavours like coffee, cherry, cigar box and liquorices. The balanced acid creates a firm finish that is complemented by luscious and lingering sweetness.
The net/net - the wine rocks!

Fair priced, tasty and drinks well now and can age.

Look for it on the shelves soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pictures taken at Warwick this past weekend

Snippets from the Warwick Winter Menu

Lightly curried Calamari strips
Chef’s soup of the day
Denningvleis - Tamarind stewed Lamb Rack
Pan fried Prawns on a crayfish bisque

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


The ladies from Summerwood Guesthouse in Stellenbosch
visiting Warwick for lunch today.
A warm Warwick welcome to Ann, Anneline & Susie!