Riesling Tasting

I am on holiday in South Africa and there are many excellent restaurants and fabulous vineyards!

Restaurant Mosaic is a beautiful restaurant located in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy. the chef is Chantel Dartnall who has been South Africa’s Chef of the Year for several years.

We enjoyed a Riesling tasting and then a lovely lunch with several courses.

Visit the Restaurant Mosaic website at www.restaurantmosaic.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Cheese from Lancaster County

This week Tim and I visited Liz Martin at Ironstone Spring Farms and where we tasted cheese from Lancaster County paired with wines from around the world.

We started with three goat’s milk cheeses from Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola PA which were paired with a Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru.

The second flight of cheese and wine was Shenk’s Cup Cheese, Mild and Sharp paired with a South African Riesling from Bosman Family Vineyards.

And finally we tasted a Raw Milk Cheddar made in Lancaster Country and aged for 60 days. The final wine of the evening was a red blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from Domaine de Bila-Haut in the Roussillon area of France.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Lancaster Central Market

Tim and I decided to have a little holiday party. And since we have a fabulous farmers’ market right here in Lancaster PA, we though that would be a good place to shop for party goodies.

We talk a bit about the market’s history, interview one of the stand holders and shop for many delicious things to eat. We purchased cold meat and cheese from Lancaster Farm House, olive bread from Thom’s bread, aged goat cheese from Linden Dale Farms, pita bread from Saif Middle Eastern Food, hummus from Stella’s Greek Cuisine and cookies from Wendy Jo’s Homemade.

And then we enjoyed a varied and delicious lunch!

Visit the Lancaster Central Market website at www.centralmarketlancaster.com

©2016 Joanne Bender

Jack’s Cider and Wyndridge Cider

Cider is becoming very popular so Tim and I decided to check it out. We had a great time this November visiting two cideries in Pennsylvania.

At Jack’s Hard Cider in Biglerville PA we tasted 11 ciders, all made on the property from their own apples. There is a fabulous variety of flavors but each one still retains a distinctive apple taste. There is varying levels of sweetness byt all the ciders are on the dry side. Visit their website www.jackshardcider.com.

We then went to Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown and tasted 6 ciders. The tasting room is more commercial and the ciders are more on the sweet side. Their website is wyndridge.com.

I hope you enjoy this week’s show!