Archive for the ‘South Africa’ category

Top 10 finalists announced in the Alto Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town

November 21, 2012

Capetonians have spoken by voting for their Top 10 favourite eateries in the Alto Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town 2012 Awards.


The ALTO Top 10 Places to Eat in Cape Town are, in alphabetical order;


Dear Me
El Burro
La Colombe
La Mouette
Societi Bistro
The Foodbarn
The Roundhouse
The Test Kitchen



Says Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Town Tourism, “What a fabulous Top 10 list for locals and tourists alike. These awards are unusual in that they are the first ones to be run on Social Media where the public have had their say. It’s reassuring to see that Capetonians enjoy their casual eateries as much as their fine dining and the results reflect this with the rising popularity of bistro-style eating. This in turn reflects international trends in eating out. It’s also a very useful and handy list for locals and tourists visiting the Mother City.”


This year’s Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town 2012 Awards is sponsored by leading wine producer and the oldest red wine estate in South Africa, Alto, to give support for the growth and development of Cape Town’s wine and food culture.


Says Gwen Job, Brand Manager of Alto,“This is extraordinary because the finalists are all so diverse. Us Capetonians like to mix and match our places to eat and we are certainly spoilt for choice. There is an unspoken pride in all our restaurants in that they put so much effort into the customer experience, and this is the common thread in the finalists.”


Concludes Clare Mack, editor of and founder of the awards, now in their second year;  “We had a fantastic response from the public and there’s no doubt about it; the ALTO Top 10 Places to Eat Cape Town are all fabulous places to eat, delivering different experiences, and that’s what dining out is all about.

Cape Town, when it comes to food, is phenomenal.”


To view the full list of the ALTO Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town go to


For more information contact Clare at 073 842 1701, or at


Happy Birthday Charlize

August 7, 2012

From one South African legend to another…  Happy B-day Charlize!

An Alto cheers to our beloved Madiba!

July 18, 2012

Let’s raise a glass to eighteen years of democracy! Enjoy the long weekend…

April 26, 2012

Great quote to go with tomorrow’s Human Rights Day, by our beloved Madiba.

March 20, 2012

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Nelson Mandela.

Special visitor at our tasting centre

March 5, 2012

We had a very special visitor at our tasting centre on Friday afternoon…

Tips and guidelines on ‘Training your wine palate’

November 8, 2011

Training your wine palate is not just for professional wine tasters and connoisseurs. In fact, all wine drinkers are training their palates everyday just by experiencing different tastes. A trained wine palate simply means that you can recognize the various flavours that you taste in the wines you consume. The more flavours you can successfully identify, the more trained your palate has become. Ultimately your experience with taste is your wine tasting guide.


1.Search the Internet or other resources to obtain a list of flavours common to wine such as black pepper, blackberries, apricots and oak. Write these flavours down in your wine journal.

2.Seek out and purchase a small quantity of each item from your list. Many of the items may be purchased at your local grocery store or specialty mart; however, others may require a trip to a nursery, hardware store or other less conventional store.

3.Taste and smell each of the items you have purchased. Try to recall wines you have previously tasted, which may have had hints or notes of the flavour you are tasting.

4.Repeat this process, adding new items occasionally. This will allow your palate to solidify these tastes.

5.Continue to drink a variety of wine types including wines from different regions and countries. This will allow you numerous opportunities to test your palate against a multitude of flavours.

6.Verbalize your thoughts as you drink different wines. By verbalizing thoughts through dialogue, you may gain further understanding of what you are tasting. You may also record your thoughts in your wine journal.