Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sublime Pinot Noirs at The Vineyard Hotel Pinot Festival

Sunday was a sensational day, sunny and just hot enough to require a large sun hat.  We were invited by the Vineyard Hotel to come to their Pinot Noir festival and we had a great fun afternoon tasting some of the very best Pinots available.
Roy Davies, General Manager of the Vineyard Hotel, welcomes Michael Pownall GM of the Taj. These strange Ps had to be used in tweets. If you tweeted an amusing picture containing this large plastic P you might have won a case of good Pinot Noirs.
The opening at 2 pm and everyone beings to gather
The outdoor restaurant was also very busy with people having lunch
Musicians to entertain us
Hoteliers discussing wine and life
Gordon Newton Johnson and John Collins at their stand. This was our favourite stand of the day, the three Pinot Noirs shown were all superb. And later we got to taste a couple more, including our all time favourite the Windansea which was judged to be the top red wine in John Platter this year
A very nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon
Glen Carlou was also showing very well. The warm afternoon meant the wines all had to be cooled, but it is a lovely drink on such a day
Ebony Sanders and Luhein, the friendly staff from Oak Valley, showed us their Pinots
He just could not resist.  Now if we had had one of those silly plastic P’s we might have stood a chance with our tweet. One of the giant tortoises at the Vineyard admires John’s glass
All the stalls were dotted across the lawn.  Here is Jacqueline Harris from Paul Cluver presenting their Pinots
Gavin Patterson of Sumaridge with his pretty young daughter Amanda
Four Pinot fans Michele Guttler, Dave Swingler, Xenia Oliver and Prof Peter Roos
Jan van Huysteen and Cindy Muller of Gold restaurant and Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, also enjoying the day
The whole happy tribe: Peter Roos, Paul and Dorothy Windover, Michele Guttler, Dion and Xenia Oliver
John being tweeted by David Wibberley, Food and Beverage Duty Manager at the Vineyard
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