By Estelle Vosloo
Earlier this year we interviewed Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines. (Read the full article here http://kitchen.net/blog/raats-family-wines-game-changers/ ) We were very impressed with the winery and their produce and we were delighted to hear that Raats Family Wines are yet again increasing their international footprint not only an achievement for winemaker Bruwer Raats but also a huge contribution to establishing respect and favour for South African wines abroad.
The Raats Family Wines Cabernet Franc was recently included in and featured on the wine list of a top New York restaurant. This wine list was specifically compiled with great care in honour of the life of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela.
The famous Red Rooster is a landmark site in the vibrant Harlem community alongside local legends such as the Apollo Theatre. It was named after the original Harlem speakeasy where jazz artists, politicians and authors converged over a drink to enjoy the live music, a tradition which is still kept alive at the Red Rooster.
Ethiopian born chef at the helm is Marcus Sameulsson the youngest ever chef to be awarded a three-star rating by the New York Times, not once but twice! Sameulsson also served as guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration, adding to his list of impressive achievements.
America celebrated their black history in February 2014 which included special commemorations in honour of Madibas life and legacy. Several South African wines are included in the Red Roosters wine list along with the Raats Family Cabernet Franc which caught the attention of the wine e-journal Daily Sip saying; A Wine List worthy of the Harlem Renaissance.
Quoting Bruwer Raats; It was definitely a huge honour to be include on the Red Roosts wine list as this restaurant has become renowned for cuisine that is a highly personal expression of the ethnic and cultural influences in the life of the owner [Sameulsson]. For my wine to be included as part of his tribute to our own Madiba in indeed very special and I consider it as part of my tribute to this great African hero.
Publication: Raats Family Wines Press Release; Press Release Author: Ronelda Visser of Peridot Communications; Embargo: For immediate release; Date Received: 6 March 2014: Contact: Ronelda Visser, 083 273 3984, firstname.lastname@example.org