Archive for August, 2010

The Soweto Wine Festival has grown tremendously and the organisers indicate that this year’s festival is going to be bigger and better.

The Soweto Wine Festival has built up cult status over the past 6 years. Having fun and learning about wine in a safe and vibrant atmosphere is truly the Mzansi way. And 2010 isbigger and better The festival has increased to 3 nights plus they are adding a Platinum Arena, so there is space for everyone to have the time of your lives.

Join us for a glass of wine at this year’s festival (2 -4 Sep).

For more info visit: sowetowinefestival.co.za


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A recent study found that women wine drinkers had higher cognitive performance (smarter) than non drinking women.

This is according to a recent Norwegian study which also found that moderate wine drinking stimulates the brain and  improve cognitive functions.

So that is why we feel so ‘clever’ after a few glasses of wine. I’ve had many intellectual debates at the dinner table after a glass or two of wine. But the company (guests) also play a big  role,  because sometimes you can have few glasses of wine but with boring people and the conversations never lift its intellectual levels.

I wonder how these scientists got the idea to relate (correlate) wine and intellectual performance. It was probably initiated after a dinner with a few glasses of wine.

Something like: “ Hi Doctor Olgarson (made up), why do think we are so clever tonight?….”

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When hosting people it’s always difficult to determine the number of Hors d’ oeuvres per person. The main question is… Will you also serve a dinner? or Will you be hosting a cocktail party? (no dinner to follow).

If you will be serving dinner, allow 4 to 6 hors d’oeuvres per person. 

If you’re hosting a cocktail party with no dinner to follow, allow for 8 to 10 hors d’oeuvres per person.

A cocktail party enables a host to entertain more people and enables them to mix more than a typical dinner party. The snacks must have a bit more ‘umpf’ as some guests can really get stuck into it and they can screw-up your calculations.

Here are handy charts to serve as a  calculation list for the  number of snacks and trays needed.

PS –  In French, the plural of hors d’oeuvre is hors d’oeuvre—no extra “s.” It’s the same word whether there’s one or many. Americans add the “s”; but if you want to show your superior knowledge, leave it off.

Source: thenibble.com

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Why women live longer than men

Women have higher life expectancies than men. Currently, the worldwide life expectancy for all people is 64.3 years but for males it’s 62.7 years and for females life expectancy is 66 years, a difference of more than three years.

The reasons for the difference between male and female life expectancy are not fully understood. Some say its biological others say it is because are men are employed in more hazardous occupations.

I don’t know the answer but the reason for higher life expectancies can be intellectual, because sometimes men do stupid stuff. There is a thin line between bravery and stupidity. Here are a few classic examples of why women live longer.



Source: geography.about.com

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If you like what I’ve done on the Douglas Green  blog  please nominate me for SA Blog awards.

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For some reason wine cocktails are not as common and well known as the original spirit based cocktails. But the glass is half full as many undiscovered wine cocktails awaits and you can actually make your own and claim a name.  

I spotted this cocktail and wanted to call it Dolce Douglas but it didn’t sound right.

So I named it Dolce Merloti – Dolce is the Italian word for sweet en Merloti is the word ‘merlot’ with an added ‘I’ ( duh).


  • ½ lime
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 100ml Merlot
  • Lime garnish


  1. Muddle lime and sugar until all lime juice is extracted.
  2. Add wine. Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into a lowball glass and garnish with a lime spiral.

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Congratulations to Charlene Hendricks and Sharon Duvill Pnematicatos

Charlene and Sharon are the winners of our Women’s Day wine prizes.

Enjoy the wine. Cheers!


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