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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.
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.
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.
Craft Beer is the perfect guide to South African Craft Breweries and Brewers to help you unravel the mysteries of craft beer and discover hidden gems as well as meet the craftsmen and their offerings.
A craft beer is more than a pint - it’s a taste, a place and an experience. There is a story behind each ingredient in every beer, and thinking about these will increase your sensory experience and make craft beer a delight to your palate. Craft beer is a whole-hearted creative expression; the styles and recipes brewed are always original, and are based on the tastes and interests of each brewer.
MapStudio's Craft Beer will give you all the information you need to discover the perfectly crafted beer - the history of craft beer brewery, how a beer is brewed, beer classifications, the location of South African local craft breweries and their individual beers, as well as interesting stories behind all the brewers, how they started, their passion and of course, their beers.
The book also lists all beer festivals and events where friends, family and craft brewers can come together and share ideas and beers!!
Discover the passion that is Craft Beer.
With over 190,000 members in the UK and around the world, the Campaign for Real Ale is considered one of the most successful consumer campaigns ever. Our aim is to have good quality real ale, ciders and perries and to have thriving pubs and clubs in every community. CAMRA believes well-run pubs, whether in rural or urban areas, play a critical social role in UK culture as the centres of community life. CAMRA supports the traditional pub as the best place to enjoy real ale, and to try one of the thousands of superb beverages now produced across the UK
Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 16th edition is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 400 whisky distilleries from all over the world. Distinguished whisky experts contribute with new features written exclusively for this new edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. The Independent Bottlers chapter gives you all the details about the worlds most successful blenders and bottlers complete with tasting notes. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 includes more than 250 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
The world of wine, right at your fingertips Even growing up in a family that's been in the wine business for five generations, Madelyne Meyer knows what it's like to struggle to understand even the basics about wine. In Welcome to Wine, she pairs her hard-won expert knowledge with 200 witty, whimsical illustrations that make all the essentials crystal clear: The art of wine tasting Glass shape and serving temperature made simple Flavor profiles and grape varieties Foolproof food pairings How and where wines are made "Terroir" and more terms demystified Suggested wines for gift-giving, date night, and more.
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.
Which Wine When offers brilliant wine matches to the food we eat every day.
This is for anyone who knows their sourdough from their sliced white but still finds themselves standing in the wine aisle making panicked decisions about what to drink based on special offers, a vague memory or a nice-looking label.
Now you’ll be able to look up dish or style of cooking and find three recommendations – and if the shop doesn’t have what you want, Bert and Claire give you the words to ask for the type of wine you’re looking for. From take aways and snacks to Sunday lunches, home cooking classics, cheese and desserts, these expert wine matches are fun, affordable and simple enough you can pop to a supermarket or local wine shop.
Whether you’re ordering a curry, taking a bottle to a friends, going out for dinner, or vegging out on the sofa with a bowl of pasta, Which Wine When will turn even the most down-to-earth meal into a magical combination of what’s on your plate and what’s in your glass.
Everything you ever wanted to know about beer but were too busy drinking it to ask. The Little Book of Beer is a light-hearted, irreverent but also informative book that celebrates beer culture. The book should be something that enlightens the reader while also leaving them foaming (pun intended) at the month at the mere thought of going for a pint. It will show how beer is one of the great unifiers, a drink almost as old as time, and it is something that brings people together and makes them happy. While it celebrates how beer has influenced popular culture and vice versa, it avoids falling into obvious traps of beer snobbery or elitism. 'You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.' Frank Zappa. 'When all else fails, there is music. When that fails you, there is beer.' James Hauenstein.
See the world through rose-coloured glasses with this this, the latest cocktail recipe book in the phenomenally successful MADE ME DO IT series. Rose has become the drink of choice for many, and sales are booming - thanks in no small part to its Instagram-able pink hue as wells as its sweet and refreshing taste. Rose wine makes an ideal base for cocktails. It blends perfectly with the bitter notes of Campari for a delicious twist on the Negroni, and is equally at home with sweet creme de cassis for a Kir Blush. This beautifully illustrated book shows off the versatility of this popular wine to create a host of sophisticated and easy-to-drink cocktails. In Rose Made Me Do It, writer, mixologist and cocktail consultant Colleen Graham explains everything you need to know: how to choose the right type of wine, which spirits and mixers blend well and how to create crisp cocktails for every occasion. Featuring 60 wine cocktails and punches from around the world - including everything from sangrias to spritzes and bellinis to martinis, and the icey genius of Frose (frozen rose) - this book invites you to drink pink. Rose all day - yes way!
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 new edition features over 8,000 wines from more than 900 producers, alond with 100-point equivalents for the familiar star ratings, and useful information for learning about and travelling in our beautiful winelands.
The perfect gift for anyone desiring a richer whisky experience. Some drinking buddies only ever talk about themselves. Well, not this guy. The Little Book of Whisky is here to listen, entertain and help you imbibe as many whisky-soaked titbits of wit and wisdom as possible. Whisky, aqua vitae, the water of life, the spirit of the Gods, the hard stuff - whatever you call it, has long been many people's best friend. But now your best friend has a new best friend - The Little Book of Whisky, a tiny tome guaranteed to raise your spirits with its fine blend of whisky facts & stats, quotes & quips, and matured with whisky history and heritage. The Little Book of Whisky is a guaranteed 100 proof... of excellence. 'I'm on a whisky diet. I've lost three days already.' Tommy Cooper. 'A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime - it's not very scientific, but it helps.' Alexander Fleming on how to kill a common cold. If this doesn't make you want to visit Scotland nothing will. The nation is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing whisky. That's four barrels for every Scottish person. No wonder they want their independence.
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Gin tastes like Christmas to some and rotten pine chips to others, but nearly everyone familiar with the spirit holds immediate gin nostalgia. Although early medical textbooks treated it as a healing agent, early alchemists (as well as their critics) claimed gin's base was a path to immortality-and also Satan's tool. In more recent times, the gin trade consolidated the commercial and political power of nations and prompted a social campaign against women. Gin has been used successfully as a defense for murder; blamed for massive unrest in 18th-century England; and advertised for as an abortifacient. From its harshest proto-gin distillation days to the current smooth craft models, gin plays a powerful cultural role in film, music, and literature-one that is arguably older, broader, and more complex than any other spirit. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Do your ears perk up when you hear the telltale pop of a prosecco bottle? Do you think every drink is just a little bit nicer with bubbles? Prosecco is no longer just a sparkling wine, it's a cultural phenomenon, a party in a glass. This beautifully illustrated book will introduce you to a whole world of bubbly beverages, and showcase the potential of Prosecco. From the classic bellini and fresh fruit mimosa, to a wide range of sparkling cocktails, the recipes in this book are light, fizzy, and fun. 60 delicious recipes are illustrated with bright and beautiful original artwork in a book that makes a lovely gift for your friends-or yourself!
When most people think of the American Southwest they think of arid, windswept terrain, vast ranches framed by barbed-wire fences and scattered with grazing cattle, terraced rock formations and jagged mountain peaks towering in an array of rich, earthen reds and browns against the backdrop of radiant blue skies, and sunsets that fade these vibrant colors into a haze of pastel pinks, oranges, and purples. It's the birthplace of the American frontier, a playground for outdoor adventurers, and the inspiration for countless watercolor canvases and vivid oil-painted landscapes. Indeed, this romantic imagery has for centuries encouraged myriad settlers to migrate to the region. But few would have ever associated this rich and exciting region with wine. Yet it was in this part of the country that the first Vitis vinifera vines in the United States are said to have been planted. As early as 1598, vines were planted by Spanish Franciscan monks in New Mexico and were also planted in west Texas, all the way west to California, during the seventeenth century. However, it really wasn't until the 1970s that the modern wine industry took off. By and large it was Texas that led the pack in terms of overall growth in vineyard plantings and production in the decades that followed. But other states within the region - New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado - have also evolved, with compelling stories and promising wine industries of their own. This book is in four parts, one for each state. Texas serves as the cornerstone for this region with New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado all rapidly growing in importance. For each state Dupuy addresses eight key topics to cover the landscape of the wine industry: history, regions, climate, challenges, grapes, leading producers, leading grape growers, and the future. In addition, each state's chapters include vignettes highlighting interesting pieces of history and culture, or profiling significant wine industry personalities.
From California to Maine-check out the greatest US craft breweries! Fifty fascinating states, 50 awesome breweries, and 50+ handcrafted beers-what more could you ask for? In The United States of Craft Beer, beer expert and homebrewer Jess Lebow invites you along on his state-by-state exploration of America's greatest breweries. From Jack's Abby Brewing in Massachusetts to the Maui Brewing Company in Hawaii, this guide teaches you everything you need to know about the people who make the nation's best-tasting beers and the innovative brewing methods that help create the perfect batch. Each intoxicating entry also highlights other popular beers that can be found throughout that state, so that you can sample every delicious sip the United States has to offer. Complete with photos of the beers and breweries, The United States of Craft Beer gives you the lowdown on all things craft beer.
Italian Wines is the English-language version of Gambero Rosso's Vini d'Italia, the world's best-selling guide to Italian wine, now in its 30th edition. It is the result of a year's work by over 60 tasters, coordinated by three curators. They travel around the entire country to taste 45,000 wines, only half of which make it into the guide. About 2,400 producers are selected. Each entry brings together useful information about a winery, including a description of its most important labels and price levels in Italian wine shops. Each wine is evaluated according to the Gambero Rosso bicchieri rating, with Tre Bicchieri awarded to the top labels. This guide acts as an essential reference tool for both wine professionals and passionate amateurs around the globe: it provides the instruments for finding one's way in the complex panorama of Italy's wine world.
From its roots in ancient Greek herbal medicine, the popular spirit we now know as gin was established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century as a juniper-infused tincture to cure fevers. It gained notoriety during the London 'gin craze' in the eighteenth century before enjoying a recent resurgence and a profusion of new botanical flavourings. Garnished with sumptuous illustrations depicting the plants that tell the story of this complex and iconic drink, this enticing book delves into the botany of gin from root to branch. A diverse assortment of aromatic plants from around the world have been used in the production of gin over the course of several centuries. Each combination of botanicals yields a unique flavour profile that equates to more than the sum of its parts. Understanding the different types of formulation, and the main groups of plants used therein, is central to appreciating the drink's complexities and subtleties. As this book's extraordinary range of featured ingredients shows, gin is a quintessentially botanical beverage with a rich history like no other.
This title presents a fascinating array of wineries focussing primarily on their architectural approach and photographed in the context of the awe inspiring backdrop of the winelands of the Western Cape in South Africa. In 2002 there were 202 wineries in SA in 2010 there are 585 farms producing wine, the industry is mushrooming. Wine making techniques change and technology evolves and with the introduction of new capital into this industry people are doing everything they can to capture a niche in the highly competitive
"The Book for Cider Lovers"--New York Times Today, food is being reconsidered. It's a front-and-center topic in everything from politics to art, from science to economics. We know now that leaving food to government and industry specialists was one of the twentieth century's greatest mistakes. The question is where do we go from here. Author Andy Brennan describes uncultivation as a process: It involves exploring the wild; recognizing that much of nature is omitted from our conventional ways of seeing and doing things (our cultivations); and realizing the advantages to embracing what we've somehow forgotten or ignored. For most of us this process can be difficult, like swimming against the strong current of our modern culture. The hero of this book is the wild apple. Uncultivated follows Brennan's twenty-four-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of cider making, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist's agenda. Apples rank among the most manipulated crops in the world, because not only do farmers want perfect fruit, they also assume the health of the tree depends on human intervention. Yet wild trees live all around us, and left to their own devices, they achieve different forms of success that modernity fails to apprehend. Andy Brennan learned of the health and taste advantages of such trees, and by emulating nature in his orchard (and in his cider) he has also enjoyed environmental and financial benefits. None of this would be possible by following today's prevailing winds of apple cultivation. In all fields, our cultural perspective is limited by a parallel proclivity. It's not just agriculture: we all must fight tendencies toward specialization, efficiency, linear thought, and predetermined growth. We have cultivated those tendencies at the exclusion of nature's full range. If Uncultivated is about faith in nature, and the power it has to deliver us from our own mistakes, then wild apple trees have already shown us the way.
'Ginspiration' to keep you shaken and stirred. Gin may be the national spirit of Britain, but it is now a drink that belongs to the world. It's gone 'ginternational', if you will. Within the last decade or so gin consumption has exploded, becoming the most popular alcoholic refreshment in the world, overtaking whisky and vodka. Following the rules dictated by supply and demand, The Little Book of Gin is here to toast gin's extraordinary 'ginaissance' in the 21st century and to celebrate everyone's tipple of choice through wit and wisdom, facts and stats in a single serving-sized compendium. Filled to the rim with history, how to's, what for's, drinking games, cocktail recipes and serving suggestions as well as a whole host of 'gintellectual' curiosites, The Little Book of Gin is 'ginfinite' in its revelry. 'The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire' Winston Churchill - During WWII, British naval officers received a daily ration of gin. Gin takes its name from the Dutch word for juniper, genever. (It was the Dutch who invented gin, not the English.) Gin is the national spirit of Britain. It comes as no surprise then that gin has been having a 'ginaissance', in the last decade, with more bottles of the gin being sold than ever before.
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