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Bistro Bliss at La Paris
Join La Paris for breakfast or lunch at the newly-opened bistro on La Paris Estate – opposite the historic Drakenstein Prison in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley.
The beautifully-styled and generously-sized interior, featuring white-washed walls combined with natural tones and French oak floors, provides a relaxed environment with a trendy feel. Loads of seating is available for both laid back dining and post-lunch lounging. There is also ample seating outside under beautiful oak trees, with impressive mountain views.
The impressive bar offers provides over 70 locally-sourced wines, craft beer on tap and an extensive cocktail menu.
The on-site bakery produces fresh artisanal breads and cakes daily.
The bistro is child friendly with play areas and plenty of space to roam around and open Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch – 08h00 to 17h00 | Deli open 7 days a week.
www.laparis.co.za | 021 867 0171
International Cabernet Franc Day
Monday, 4 December 2017, is International Cabernet Franc Day. To celebrate this Holden Manz Wine Estate is presenting a Winemakers’ Dinner on Friday 1 December 2017 focused entirely on this wonderful red varietal.
This event will also see the launch of the new vintage 2015 Holden Manz Reserve Cabernet Franc which will be presented by Holden Manz cellarmaster Thierry Haberer. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Cabernet Franc from Raats Family Wines (Gavin Bruwer Slabbert), Rainbow’s End who will be showing their sold-out Cabernet Franc Limited Release 2015 (Anton Malan) and Anthonij Rupert Wines (Cabernet Franc 2010). All wines will be paired with a specific dish specially selected to show off the range and flexibility of this varietal.
The last few years have seen a revival in the fortunes of Cabernet Franc. Better known as a blending component it is now increasingly being presented as a single varietal. Cabernet Franc is believed to have been established in south west France in the 17th century when Cardinal Richelieu took vine cuttings from the Loire Valley. By the 18th century Cabernet Franc was established in Bordeaux, particularly in Pomerol, St. Emilion and Fronsac. In 1997 DNA evidence confirmed theories that Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc had crossed to form Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Franc tends to be lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the finished wine depends much on the growing climate. Wines from the Loire are typically lighter in colour with aromas of raspberry and bell pepper while Cabernet Franc from warmer climates is deeper in colour and shows notes of violets, fynbos, cassis and tobacco. The Franschhoek Wine Valley produces a diverse selection of Cabernet Franc in different styles. Producers of note include Chamonix, Lynx, My Wyn, Môreson, La Petite Ferme, Boekenhoutskoof, Anthonij Rupert, as well as Holden Manz.
Cabernet Franc plantings account for just under 1000 hectares in South Africa and makes up less than 0.5% of total production. 2016 saw the inaugural South African Cabernet Franc Challenge. The initial 32 entries grew to 50 entries in 2017, demonstrating the interest in this beautiful varietal. Franschhoek wines have been represented in the Top 6 each year which confirms the Franschhoek Wine Valley as a prime growing environment for Cabernet Franc.
Cabernet Franc is a food friendly wine which pairs particularly well with roasted chicken, pork belly, slow roasted duck breast, hearty fish stew and a selection of artisanal cheeses.
To make reservations for the winemakers dinner, call 021 876 2738
For e-mail enquiry please contact Cobi at email@example.com.
26 October to 27 November 2017
As with good food and premium wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. In 2016 the Franschhoek Wine Valley launched Art Franschhoek, affording visitors to the valley the opportunity to appreciate the fine art collections and exhibits on show during the months of October and November. This year Art Franschhoek will once again ‘open its doors’ to the public from 26 October to 27 November.
Visitors and residents alike will be treated to an abundance of art as Franschhoek’s many galleries and resident artists showcase their finest works. To celebrate the start of this festival of art appreciation some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events during the weekend of 27 – 29 October, these include a series of curated artist walk-abouts.
During the month of Art Franschhoek the world renowned Everard Read Gallery will be exhibiting major works by some of our country’s finest contemporary artists, in a variety of media. Everard Read Gallery’s involvement at this year’s event signifies that Art Franschhoek is without a doubt one of the top art events to experience.
Ebony/Curated, with its exquisite displays of fine arts, sculptures and ceramics, will host four solo exhibitions in their two galleries, including a major retrospective landscape exhibition of the late South African master, Erik Laubscher. Embark on a journey of artistic discovery as you admire the work of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, at the La Motte Museum, which exhibits 104 artworks as well as personal memorabilia of the artist. Be mesmerized by the beautiful ceramics created by internationally renowned ceramicist David Walters and his daughter Sarah. The Holden Manz Gallery, conveniently situated in the centre of the village, will be exhibiting the works of Donna McKellar in a solo show. Indulge in a relaxing yet informative garden and art tour at the breathtakingly beautiful Leeu Estates, where you’ll get the opportunity to connect with art and nature in serene and meditative spaces with exceptional views. Admire the beautiful works of art on display at IS Art Gallery, which include ceramics, sculptures, jewellery and paintings in various mediums.
All of the above is just a taste of what can be expected during Art Franschhoek. For a detailed programme of the opening weekend events and the various exhibitions visit www.franschhoek.org.za.