Garden Route, George (July 2019) – Have you ever wondered what all the fuss around enjoying a glass of wine with or without food is all about? Maybe you’ve tried, but didn’t enjoy it? Yet you are keeping wondering why others do.
It’s a simple fact of life that the more you understand something, the more you will appreciate it. Enjoying a glass of wine is no exception.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to begin your journey of understanding wine and live on the Garden Route, the Wine & Whatever Experience in proud partnership with Vodacom is the perfect place to start.
The problem with most wine festivals is that one tastes all the cultivars (wines made from different grape varieties) from one producer before moving on to the next producer. This results in an information overload and a dull palate; enough to kill anyone’s enthusiasm.
Instead, the Wine & Whatever format will explore step by step, in depth, single cultivars from multiple producers. This will allow you to educate your palate to detect the subtle differences between the same cultivar, grown and aged under different conditions.
Find out whether you prefer red or white; a varietal wine (one made from a single cultivar) or a blend of different cultivars; a dry wine or a sweet wine.
Educate your nose to appreciate the multitude of aromas produced by different wines.
Drinking and tasting are two very different experiences. When you quaff a wine you deny yourself all the subtle aromas and flavours. Consider wine tasting as an art; a skill that anyone can develop with practise.
When you can decide that you prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch to another from the West Coast, you will be well on your way to becoming a connoisseur.
Educating your palate does not happen overnight, but once you have learned the basics you begin a lifetime journey of discovery into all the wonderful combinations an ever-changing climate dishes out.
The back story of each wine is often fascinating, like the story of South Africa’s biggest success story namely Pinotage.
Conclusion: Learning about wine is in itself a wonderful experience. But the best part comes afterwards, when you’ve learned a few basics and these change your love of wine for ever.
The best way to learn about wine is to drink it!
You’re invited to join us on a journey, educate yourself and your palate so that you too can experience the joy of an almost limitless feast for the senses.
The Wine & Whatever Experience in proud partnership with Vodacom
Venue: Fancourt’s Conference Venue.
Date: 9 & 10 August 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm on both days.
Distributors & Producers: Brand Republic, Vinimark, Urban Cellar, Herold Wines, Jakkansvlei, Baleia Wines, Meridian Wine Merchants, Boplaas, Boland and Spar Tops.
Red Wines: Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
White Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Rosé and Chardonnay.
Fortified Wines: Red Muscadel and Port.
There will also be a number of Blends as well as Craft Beer & Liquor for your enjoyment.
Tickets are available from the various Vodacom outlets listed below @ R80 per day, or online @ R70 per day. The event will run from 11 am to 6 pm on both days and tickets are R70.
- Vodacom Shop 34 York Street, George 044-8741667
- Vodacom 4U – Garden Route Mall 044 887 0125
- Vodacom Shop Garden Route Mall – George 044-8870145
- Vodacom Shop Oudtshoorn 044-2720338
Tickets available online: https://www.ticketrush.co.za/event/wine-and-whatever
The Bryan Adams Tribute Show starts at 18:00 for 18:30 on the 8th of August. Tickets are R150 pp or R1500 per table of 10, and are available at the link below. Bring own picnic basket or order from Glenwood School.
Bryan Adams Tribute Concert https://www.ticketrush.co.za/event/bryan-adams-tribute-concert
Alewijn Dippenaar, Mimi Finestone, Russel Kuhn, Nastasha Potgieter, Gideon Hugo, Francois Lamprecht & Kevin Kieswetter