Discover Wines from South Africa (ONLINE TASTING)
WINES FROM WONDERFUL SOUTH AFRICA
For almost a century, South Africa was dominated by one cooperative, KWV, producing large volumes of very average wine. With the end of Apartheid in 1990 came the end of KWV’s domination eventually leading to privatisation of the wine industry. This freedom has allowed diversity to flourish and South African wines are becoming VERY exciting, especially with Bordeaux-style blends and Chenin Blanc, plus Pinotage, the pure South African variety. This is where we come in … LIVE in your own living-room, to present the very best of what this truly amazing country has to offer.
South Africa is indeed one of the newest, fastest-growing entrants onto our supermarket and off-licence shelves. It has experienced a meteoric improvement in quality in the last five years, as well as an explosion of new winemakers, wineries, and range of wine styles.
I would recommend buying in advance: 1 bottle of Chenin Blanc and 1 bottle of Pinotage (both from South Africa, but any winery will do) and opening those wines LIVE with us on the night. Let's bring some wine fun direct to you and members of your household! ;-)
1 ticket will entitle everyone in your household to attend this tasting (no need to buy a ticket per person!).
Since you are watching from your living-room, you might also want to get yourselves some food whilst watching me on-screen, so here are my recommendations for food parings:
- for SA Chenin Blanc: anything egg-related (I mean quiche, omelette, frittata, even onion tart), or scallops, or fishcakes, or anything avocado-based (iceberg salad with prawns, avocado and marie-rose sauce is my very own go-to pairing for SA chenin blanc!!!!)
- for SA Pinotage: anything grilled (especially beef steak). We need that big, bold, caramelised flavour here to match a Pinotage (add some bbq sauce too!). Grilled sausages would also do a great job of bringing out the sweeter notes of Pinotage as well as bring out the wine's inherent smokiness. Also compatible with Mediterranean ingredients like peppers and aubergines (preferably grilled or slow-cooked) and rustic French bistro dishes and baked pasta dishes like lasagne and moussaka. It’s also not a bad wine to serve with a pizza, particularly one with loads of meaty toppings.
Places remaining: 14
Course Date/Time: Wed 20th May 2020 at 7pm
Duration: 1+ hour
Venue: ONLINE ON ZOOM (INVITATION SENT BY EMAIL)