Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WineStyle’s Summer Wine Party at Groot Constantia

This was the second Summer Wine party Wine Style has held. We thought we were going to a party and found that it was a small wine festival instead.  We didn't make it to last year's Winter Wine Party because we had a car accident on the way there
The hall at Simon’s Restaurant, with the wine farm tastings on barrels around the edge
We loved Remhoogte’s wines. Their Honeybunch Chenin Blanc is very special and we could not resist buying six bottles of their excellent 2010 Remhoogte Estate blend. The 2003 vintage was one of the top three wines at the Ten Year Old wine awards the day before
Lynne tasting and chatting to Rob Boustred, son of owner Murray
Time to taste some bubbly and we started at the MG & Ahrens stand and chatted to the two owners Gerrit Maritz and Albert Ahrens
Then it was time to taste one of our favourites from
 High Constantia.  Lynne with a friend and Karen van Niekerk
There were some huge oysters for sale from a disused diamond mine in the Northern Cape at R25 each.
Normal sized ones were R15 and R18 each
This is one of the huge ones being prepared for a customer
The fish and chips were freshly cooked, the fish tender with a crisp batter and an excellent garlic remoulade sauce. We want more. It was a very reasonable R35 per portion and was enough for our supper
The crowd at the peak of the evening with one rather bored child playing games on his gameboy!
David van Niekerk of High Constantia with Dave Nel
Murray Jackson of Wine Style gives us our first chance to try Iona’s just released new red wine, Mr P he knows (say it quickly) – yes a Pinot Noir. Still very young 

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013
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