I was recently browsing through the Eat Out 2014 magazine, salivating over the immense variety of excellent food that is to be tasted in South Africa. And while I was reading about the restaurants voted into the top 10 to be awarded gold at the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards, I realised that the number one restaurant, The Test Kitchen is a customer of ours – they use the Le Verre de Vin (The Glass of Wine) wine preservation system – I felt quite proud to be associated with them in this way.
The winners : The Test Kitchen, Five Hundred, Rust en Vrede, The Greenhouse, Hartford House, Jordan Restaurant, Overture, Camphors at Vergelegen, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais and Pierneef a La Motte all offer a sublime dining experience. This got me to wondering how it was that a restaurant gets to win a prestige accolade like this – yes of course it’s about the food, that’s a given, but what else gives them an edge, what makes them stand out? And in reading up about each one I recognised that there is a definite emphasis on the wine that is offered too, it’s not just the food. And this is when I realised how, as a winning eating establishment, The Test Kitchen has seen the wisdom in using Le Verre de Vin system to enhance their wine selection to really complement the eating experience that they offer.
So how does Le Verre de Vin give them an advantage? With Le Verre de Vin they are able to offer wine by the glass for a wide range of wines, giving their customers a choice selection of wines to choose from, knowing that they have the means to preserve the opened bottles of wine for up to 21 days – and not have to factor in wastage into their bottom line. They also offer wine pairing, and again, this is where Le Verre de Vin comes into its own. The restaurant can allow their patrons to explore a range of wines, paired to each course, knowing that there is no wastage, as once the bottles have been opened they can be preserved for up to 21 days – this certainly gives them an distinction to their success, as they are able to extend the life of their opened bottled of wine – not something to be taken lightly in these financially constrained times.
If you offer great food and are looking for an edge to attract more customers, just as these Top 10 restaurants have, and know that through following the international trend of offering a wide range of wines you can be highly profitable, then le Verre de Vin is the answer that you are looking for.
Have a look at our product range to see which one will suit your needs or contact us on +27 (0)21 788 9788 or at and we’ll help you decide which one would be the best fit for you.