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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
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