Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Blind Wine Tasting Event - 21st of June - Bringing the wineries to you!!

I am excited to annouce that I am going to be holding a blind wine tasting event on the 21st of June at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town 6.30 - 8.30pm.

You will be given a total of 10 different Sauvignon Blancs from ten different wineries to try.

Canapes, Constantia Uitsig Methode Cap Classique and Domaine Des Diuex Methode Cap Classique will be provided on arrival.

This is an informal wine event for you and your friends to find out which wines are out there, be exposed to wines you haven't tried before and experience wines without having to visit each winery. It is not an educational wine event. Instead it is designed to be a fun, easy going, relaxed and informal way to find out which wines you like. You don't need to know what aromas you should smell, what flavours you should taste,  or how long the wine has been barelled in french or american barrells etc. All you need to know is if you like the wine or if you don't. It's that simple :-)

You will not know what wine you are trying, as this will allow you to try the wines without bias and prejudice.

At the end of the evening I will let you know where the wines are from and how much they sell for. You will also be given the chance to order the wines that you like on the night so you can enjoy it for many more evenings.

This event is all about bringing the wineries to you. I want to share with you some of the amazing wineries out there and expose you to some amazing wines within the comfort of the Grandy Daddy Hotel.

Tickets are R120 per person. This includes tasting 10 different Sauvignon Blancs, Methode Cap Classique and canapes to hit the spot.

If you have any questions please email me on westerncapewineries@gmail.com. To secure tickets, please make payment in to the following bank account by the 16th of June:

Christine Andrews
Capitec Bank
Branch #: 470010
Account #: 1256395720

If you could put your name in the reference section that would be best. Then send proof of payment to westerncapewineries@gmail.com. I will then reply with confirmation that payment has been received and that you have secured a seat for this event :-) Tickets are limited, there are only 50 seats available. There are still some left, so be sure to get your payment in by the 16th of June.

Look forward to seeing you there!!!

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