Thursday, August 28, 2014

Merlot tasting at The Taj with Neil Pendock

Every week at the Taj Neil Pendock hosts a tasting of different wines. We went along last Wednesday to taste 36 RECM Best Value Merlots, which he had assembled. The Hillcrest Quarry Merlot 2011 and the Org de Rac Organic Merlot stood out for us, closely followed by the Welbedacht 2010 and the Diemersdal 2013. The wines change every week. The tasting costs R100 per person and is great fun. Check out his programme here

You can preface the tasting with a cup of coffee or tea and even spoil your palate with a choice from the selection of cakes on the buffet
The programme
The maestro at work
Glasses arranged and ready for the tasting
This week's recommendations
THe tasting attracts young people who work in the City centre
A few wines from the large selection on show
and the show goes on....
We were early
and it looked like a quiet evening
and then the crowd started to arrive
and it became busier...
with a young, cosmopolitan, cheerful crowd
Lynne with Graeme Read, Hillcrest winemaker
and Taj GM Michael Pownall with Graeme
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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