Title: Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Subtitle: A Year on a Cape Wine Estate
Author: Olive Hamilton Russell
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2012
ISBN 9781431700929 / ISBN 978-1-4317-0092-9
Hardcover, dustjacket, 24 x 27 cm, 192 pages, throughout colour photographs
Good food, like good wine, tells a story of place at a point in time. This book is a celebration of a particular place, the wine estate Hamilton Russell Vineyards, situated in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley behind the seaside resort town of Hermanus, not far from the southernmost tip of Africa. The wines of Hamilton Russell Vineyards have developed an international reputation over the course of more than 30 years. As a result, they regularly host visitors from around the world. Just as the appeal of the estate's wines is their ability to reflect the unchanging characteristics of site and soil, while also expressing the particular personality of each vintage, so too Olive Hamilton Russell hopes that their food expresses the essence of the local environment, with all its historic influences, as well as specific attractions of the season. As wine enthusiasts with a finite capacity for consumption, the familiy is only too aware of the importance of drinking well. As food enthusiasts, Olive and her husband find that time spent thinking about a meal, its ingredients, its relevance to place and time, adds immeasurably to the pleasures of its consumption. Although many of the recipes in this book use ingredients specific to the particular location, the author has tried to suggest more widely available substitutes.