We are always delighted to hear what restaurateurs have to say about how their Le Verre de Vin wine preservation systems are benefitting their restaurants. And we value it even more as we realise just how busy they are and really appreciate the time that they have taken to answer some of our questions. We recently had the privilege of interviewing Ilze Koekemoer, the owner of Tjing Tjing in Long Market Street Cape Town. Tjing Tjing has recently undergone extensive renovation and redecoration, and now provides four distinctly different venues and experiences, all offering exciting interpretations of Japanese food and culture.
Here’s what Ilze had to say:
Q. Where did your passion for wine start?
A. Being involved in the restaurant industry definitely enhanced more wine drinking and interest but my drink of choice socially has always been wine above anything else.
Q. How did you convert this passion into a wine by the glass offering?
A. It’s not always practical to drink a whole bottle of wine with lunch or dinner, so a glass offering is essential. It also allows a variety of wines that can be consumed with a multi-course meal.
Q. Since you have changed to offering wine by the glass, what have been the benefits for you?
A. Our wine by the glass options at Tjing Tjing are always the best sellers. It is also a great way to introduce customers to wines they would not have otherwise bought or thought of trying.
A. We collaborated with David and Nadia Wines. We sell their Chenin and Red blend as our house wine. We had the labels designed by Superelastic Studio , who used an obi (Japanese kimono sash) as inspiration. These wines sell incredibly well, no doubt because of the quality and popularity of the wine producer, but also because of it’s beautiful label and reasonable price.
Q. We are interested in your two-prong strategy of :
- Offering Japanese street food downstairs for brunch, lunch and dinner and
- Offering Japanese fine dining upstairs in the evening
A. Japanese food and culture has been a passion and interest for many years. The strategy of serving different versions of the same cuisine is partly due to the fact that we wanted to unify all three levels of our building as being distincly Japanese in it’s offering whilst providing a different experience on each level through showcasing the variety that the cuisine has to offer. The aim was also to have the décor and ambiance match the food in each separate area or level.
Q. How has having a Le Verre de Vin wine preservation system complemented this strategy?
A. Having a multi-level restaurant inevitably results in the same bottle of wine being opened on all three levels at the same time. Having the advantage of using a Le Verre De Vin system means that we can preserve wines that otherwise would go to waste.
Q. What other positive impacts has your Le Verre de Vin had for you?
A. We serve a kaiseki set menu at Momiji with an optional pairing. Without a wine preservation system, we would be very reluctant to open more high end or expensive wines. It gives us that additional freedom to play around with wines you would otherwise have been forced to only sell by the bottle.
If you would like to know more about Le Verre de Vin and how you can really reap the benefit of offering an extensive range of premium wine by the glass, then please contact us on 021 788 9788 or email us at and we will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.