Thursday, September 04, 2014

Elgin Valley Shiraz Tweet up at Chalk & Cork Wine Bar

The Tweet ups have begun again and this one was held at Chalk and Cork wine bar in Kloof Street. What is a Tweet Up?  Wine media meet in a Cape Town location and are guided by an Elgin winemaker. We taste and tweet about each wine. In Elgin, the makers of the wines watch what we are tweeting about the wines and they also tweet. It is fast and furious and, usually, quite honest. We had great fun tasting and tweeting about 11 of Elgin’s Shirazes, ably led by Richard Kershaw MW and Karin Glanfield Pawley
The logo on a glass, reflected in the surface of the wine in the glass
A line-up of some of the wines we tasted
It is quite a small upstairs attic venue, but we managed to fit in nicely. We could see all the tweets sent on the screen on the left hand side. Elgin had a similar screen
Michelle van Staden and Karin Glanfield Pawley take us through the process
Richard Kershaw MW
Allister Kreft of Belfield checking whether his tweet has gone, not doing a selfie. Or is he? Handsome fellow
Laptops, tablets and cell phones ,whatever works best. You have to be quick, taste, write, send, NEXT!
No libellous comments, but lots of different opinions. We seemed to be split into an older taste group and a younger one. There are always very different perceptions of some wines. And we did go into the debate for Shiraz vs Syrah. It is still very controversial
The restaurant laid out a few pizzas for when we had finished and they were necessary. The one on the right is a Banting pizza with a cauliflower base and, of course, all the people who were NOT Banting followers wanted to taste it, so only a couple of us, who are, got a slice. Interesting
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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