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Lamb and Rosemary Pot Pie

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Italian Easter Bread

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Easter Eggnog Wine Cocktail Recipe

Easter Eggs have never been taken to this level! Try our all grown up Easter Eggnog wine cocktail as a […]

Croissant Cake – the perfect Autumn bake

While a summer Christmas is challenging for traditional Christmas roasts and gravy’s and puddings, South Africans are better-off weather-wise when […]

Baking Babka for Easter

Bread has a very strong link to Christian religious ceremonies and a variety of Easter breads are made during Easter […]

Green Mary Wine Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients 2 medium-size green or yellow tomatoes 90 ml water dash green jalapeño tabasco 2 x dash bitters 15 ml […]

Celery Sour Recipe

Celery Sour Ingredients 30 ml    gin 15 ml    freshly squeezed lime juice 15 ml    simple syrup 45 ml    fresh celery […]

Carrot and Orange Cooler

Carrot and Orange Cooler Ingredients 60 ml    fresh-pressed carrot juice 30 ml    blanco tequila 30 ml    fresh orange juice 30 […]

Pinot Noir & Porcini Risotto

The earthy notes of our 2015 Culinaria Pinot Noir are beautifully echoed in the autumn flavours of this porcini risotto. […]

Tomato, Baby Marrow and Aubergine Gratin

Ingredients 1 kg ripe, firm tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 350 g baby marrow, preferably mixed green […]

Keeping it in the family

, Keeping it in the family

In a recent study, geneticists and viticulturists researched and compared the DNA of all the grapes in the American seed bank, where plantings of all grape varietals are stored. The result was very interesting: About half of all the grapes belongs to the same family. Syrah and Viognier are brother and sister, Cabernet Saivignon is a grandchild of Merlot. And the patriarch of most American-grown grapes is Traminer.

Considering that each cultivar, such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Franc, is the equivalent of one specimen, this, in human terms, would mean a United States census tallying only 1,000 people, half of them closely related and only a dozen or so particularly famous.

As in old royal families, it appears domesticated grapes have kept their good names by avoiding much breeding outside the family. And as in old royal families, this could spell poor health for our princeliest varieties. A new disease preying on vinifera could cause significant damage, even disaster.This is because pathogens can evolve, but cultivars can't. The result is an inordinate number of pesticides and fungicides used on vineyards. Researchers are now hoping that consumers will develop palates for lesser-known varietals, as cultivars are 'sitting ducks' for pathogens.


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