"Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man." - Plato
Situated in Sea Point, La Boheme Wine Bar and Bistro is the brainchild of one of the co-owners of Bouchon (covered earlier this week) restaurateur Faisal Khakoo, who is also the owner of Engruna Eatery. He saw the need for a relaxed yet sophisticated bistro vibe with elegant wine and luxurious foods and created his venues in response to it.
In true bistro style, the menu is ever-changing, but examples of what you might encounter include Springbok au Poivre with fondant potato, exotic mushrooms, aubergine puree and a red wine jus, or the Duo of Duck (confit duck leg and seared duck breast) with sweet potato and aubergine tower, roasted peppers, spinach and orange jus. Pair these with any of the sixty wines available by the glass
Well worth a visit, take some friends and make an afternoon of it :-)
"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." - Aristophanes
Relax to some gentle Salsa, an array of fresh and seasonal tapas and a pair of wine lists that has been curated with love and enthusiasm.
Bouchon’s wine list embraces both local and international gems and you have an option of enjoying their ‘Travel Through Your Glass’ selection (updated weekly, along with their menu) which allows you to discover and enjoy outstanding wines from around the world by the glass.
The chalkboard menu is constantly evolving, so you will be sure to have a unique experience in this lovely and relaxed venue, time and time again.
One of the ripple effects of the revocation of the Edict on Nantes in 1685 was an influx of French Huguenots into the Western Cape, bringing with them their various crafts such as viticulture and oenology (the growing of grapes and making of wine, brandy and vinegar).
Wine has always been one of the central themes in our provinces history, and this shows in the vast array of amazing locally made wines we produce. This week, we are looking at some of the best collections in the Cape, accessible places to taste some true greats.
Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience.
Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end.
The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction.
One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces.
Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations
We were greeted at the visitor centre with a glass of chilled bubbly (Cuvee Brut) and browsed along the beautifully laid out information area and thoroughly enjoyed the air conditioning, a welcome respite from the 37 degree heat. Shortly we were introduced to Annetjie Hopkins, our guide for the tour and the tasting. Annetjie is amazing, so knowledgeable, warm, funny and welcoming, she took us and 5 others in tow and off we were.
We will highlight a couple of key points that we found fascinating, and leave the rest up to you to go and explore. Every part of the process of wine making is represented and actively engaged in on this fully working winery, from seed to vine to barrel to bottle. The entire process spins off other industries from grape seed oil manufacture, composting of plant waste and repurposing of barrels to be used for brandy ageing, that there is virtually no waste. Generations upon generations of wine masters and their families have thrown themselves passionately into crafting beautiful wines here, and it shows.
The smell in the main cellar is something magical, almost church like, with all the natural wood and history ingrained in the structure itself. Annetjie explained the differences between all the types of barrels (German, French, Romanian and much more) and we had a peek in the wine masters “playground” where new methods and varietals are blended and perfected.
*Sidenote, take time to admire the craftsmanship in the elaborate carvings on selected wine barrels on display.