The per­fect lunch date

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night­clubs of Ma­puto than South African brands, even if im­port du­ties make them far more ex­pen­sive than Two Oceans or Obikwa.

Nando’s is the most pop­u­lar Por­tuguese restau­rant fran­chise in the world and their peri-peri chicken is South Africa’s con­tri­bu­tion to global gas­tron­omy.

A cen­tury be­fore Jan van Riebeeck’s ar­rival at the Cape, Bar­tolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama were erect­ing padrãos there, stone crosses they used for bal­last in their small ships, hope­fully to be re­placed with gold and spices from the New World.

Da Gama didn’t come with vines on board, but as South Africa be­comes hot­ter and drier, thanks to global cli­mate change, Por­tuguese cul­ti­vars will be more at home here than the north­ern Euro­pean vines im­ported by the Huguenots in Fran­schhoek.

The Mus­cat vines, used to es­tab­lish the South African wine in­dus­try by the Dutch in Con­stan­tia, strug­gle, while the Vin­hão & Al­varel­hão in this spicy blend are look­ing like a bet­ter bet than Mer­lot or Caber­net from rainy and cold Bordeaux.

A throw­back to a very dif­fer­ent era, the Maria Sau­dade la­bel fea­tures the Por­tuguese flo­ral de­sign young women would em­broi­der on their hand­ker­chiefs while their fish­er­men boyfriends were at sea. Dhafana is som­me­lier at La Colombe

fine-din­ing restau­rant in Cape Town To win a R500 meal voucher to spend

at any Adega restau­rant, see page 11

WINE OF THE WEEK

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