Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fun in the sun at Franschhoek's annual Summer Wines Celebration at Leopard's Leap

This summer festival allows the Franschhoek wine farms to show their best white wines for summer drinking and it is a lovely relaxed event held at Leopards Leap on the lawn. Food is available in the restaurant, there was live music and on a perfect Saturday, lots of people were having a lot of fun in the sun
The leaping leopard
The entrance to Leopards Leap Winery and restaurant
The lunch menu
Crisp crackling on the pork
Lots of chefs working very hard in the heat
Winemaker Jacques Wentzel and owner Kevin Swart on the Black Elephant stand, chatting to potential customers about their Sauvignon Blanc wittily named Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse
The dress theme was cool white, good for a warm summer’s day, IF you like wearing white
The Boschendal stand with their very good Sauvignon Blanc
One of our favourites Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose MCC from Cabrière
Space on the terrace and inside for lunch
Joey Koffman with Isabel Teubes and Chris van der Merwe from Bellingham, who were showcasing their Old Orchard Chenin Blanc 2013
There were also tables with umbrellas on the lawn, but too hot for us
Takuan von Arnim with their Belle Rose MCC. They were selling in Magnums and we had one with lunch. Very good value at R240 and delicious. He sold out during the day but there was more available at the cellar
Johanine Vermeulen of Leopards Leap had their Culinaria blend of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay for tasting
Roswitha Freiberger gets a taste of the Morena Brut Rosé from Gaye Davies
Deidre Fourie of Rickety Bridge showed their Foundation Stone White, a blend of 49% Chenin blanc - 15% Grenache blanc - 15% Ugni blanc - 15% Rousanne - 6%Viognier - We do like wine and the label very much
Veroca Willemse of Solms Delta gave us their 2014 Rosé to taste. It’s an unusual and rare blend in SA of Grenache Noir 97%, Cinsaut 3%
Some lovely smartly dressed women enjoying the day
The live music had people bopping and singing along later in the afternoon with some well worn familiar hits
Wine to buy to drink there or take home
Dancers having fun
Altogether a lovely festival
His auntie was teasing him about his missing front teeth and he didn’t like it
Not all of us wore white, some of us prefer brighter colours. And she got a gift of the flowers from one of the stands
Having fun with your friends
A toast to life!
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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