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Douglas Green Wines are running a great Women’s Day competition for our Facebook fans.

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Some call it Cottage pie other say it is Shepherd’s pie. Although the dish has an ‘identity crisis’ it is still one of my favourites. Easy to make and a real gem of a meal.

Ingredients:

6 medium potatoes – peeled (and milk and butter for mash)
500g lean mince
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
1 beef stock cube
¼ cup water
1 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
1 tbsp garlic and lemon mix
3-4 tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
½ cup grated cheese to sprinkle on top of mash

Method:

  1. Peel the potatoes, slice in half and boil until soft.
  2. Fry the onion in the cooking oil until soft.
  3. Add the mince, garlic & lemon mix, stock cube and water to the onions.
  4. Once the mince is sealed and has a nice brown colour to it, add the mushrooms, tomato paste, salt, rosemary, thyme and oregano.
  5. Mix together well.
  6. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Once everything is cooked, add the mixture to a round casserole dish.
  8. Mash the potatoes, add some milk and butter to create a soft even consistency (it should not be runny).
  9. Now spread the mash potato evenly over the mince mixture and then sprinkle with cheese (this is optional but tastes delicious!).
  10. Place the dish under the grill for a few minutes and allow cheese to melt and turn golden brown and slightly.

Source: justeasyrecipes.co.za

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Wine Myths

There are many myths and ‘false truths’ about wine which the general public believes or lives by.

Myths exist in other areas of our lives. And for various reasons, we hold onto these “false truths” long after we should. Some may call it faith, others simply chalk it up to tradition: once an object gets an image, it’s hard to shake it.

Here are a few wine myths:

1.      Aged wine is better than young wine.

Not all wines need aging. Generally speaking, red wines — particularly those high in tannins — require more aging than whites.

2.      Red wine should never be chilled.

Some light reds, like Beaujolais, benefit from chilling.

3.      “Reserve” wines are top of the line.

“Reserve” on US and SA wine labels has no legal meaning. Winemakers can use the term at their whim.

4.      Wines with sulphites will give you a headache.

Sulphites are the cause of headaches in only about 1 percent of the population — mostly asthmatics.

5.      Screw tops are a sign of cheap wine.

Au contraire! Increasingly, top winemakers are using screw tops to avoid cork contamination of their wines.

 6.      Wines should always breathe.

In general, breathing is only necessary for wines that need further aging.

7.      All wines have the same amount of alcohol.

The level of alcohol depends on the amount of sugar that has been converted during fermentation.

 8.      The more a wine costs, the better it is.

Price is related to many factors: the cost of the vineyard land, the type of grapes used, whether it’s aged in oak barrels, and — most of all — the reputation of the winery or winemaker.

Source: netplaces.com

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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has released the results of the 2011 Great Value Wine Awards and Douglas Green is a winner!

 

The IWS Thierry Cabanne Great Value Wine Awards for 2011 is considered one of the world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competitions and we are proud and delighted that Douglas Green Vineyard Creations Chenin Blanc 2010 has brought home the coveted best value award for a wine under £7.

Douglas Green Vineyard Creations Chenin Blanc is a no-nonsense unwooded wine with all the deliciously generous passion fruit, ripe melon, yellow apple and honeysuckle that you might expect of a South African Chenin Blanc.

“This is an amazing little wine that is notching up a big reputation,” says Douglas Green Oenologist Jaco Potgieter. “It won the Best Value Award and a 4 star rating in The Wine Magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge in South Africa earlier this year and went on to bag silver medals at Monde Selection in Brussels and at IWS 2011 as well as a commendation from Decanter World Wine Awards.”

This local and international praise is confirmation of Douglas Green’s tremendous quality at great value that is our unwavering consumer promise. Just rewards for the dedication of our viticulturist on fastidious vineyard management and the focus of our cellar team to produce consistent quality in large volumes.

“Hot on the heels of a cracking 2009 vintage, our Chenin blanc showed signs of greatness straight from the vineyards in 2010, packed with purity of fruit and character. I don’t think many winemakers ever experience 2 consecutive vintages that are particularly standout in their careers.” Says Jaco.

Douglas Green is available in local liquor retail outlets, supermarkets and fine wine stores at around a mere R30.

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