Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Raath Promotions Wine Trade Show at The Village Idiot

On Monday afternoon, we attended the Raath Promotions trade tasting at a venue new to us, The Village Idiot in Loop Street. The Raaths act for some great and good wine farms like Bouchard Finlayson, Teddy Hall, Beaumont, Sterhuis, Van Loveren and Boland Kelder, amongst others and we could taste several of them, including some exciting new releases
The Village Idiot is a Gastro Pub, selling wine, beer, liquor and food.  It’s on the first floor of the building with good wrap around balconies. They have a spit braai every Sunday starting at about 2 or 3 and the meat varies. Last week was pork, this week it might be lamb.  Costs R120 a person and is a one time buffet.  Oscar was a beer and mampoer (SA's illegal home brewed moonshine) drinking ostrich from Durban, he is a legend
A very good presence from the retail wine industry was there to try this new (imported from Durban) venue
Doreen and Teddy Hall, showing their excellent wines, including the new Doreen range. Teddy's Chenins are very special
Tables in the centre had a generous supply of snacks. Impressively, there was good non-stop food supplied throughout the four hour tasting. And thankfully nothing with chilli
Dane Raath and Tom Mills, two of Lynne's adopted 'sons' in the industry. Tom used to work for Raath Promotions and now represents Avondale
Boerewors rolls, with greens
Johan Kruger of Sterhuis Wines with his fiancĂ©e Sofie Gielen. We loved Johan's new Blanc de Blanc MCC. It’s lovely and dry, almost a sauvage
A happy get-together. Sandra Engelen of Brooklands House, Kalinka Lombard, Lynne, Waldi Swanepoel and Philip Engelen
Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson with Michael Schoeman of Pick 'n Pay Lynne thinks the Mission Vale Chardonnay could be her desert Island wine, as long as a barrel floated by every year, it is so complete and delicious
Some Asian chicken wings with soy & sesame? Who can refuse such a lovely smile?
Gosia Zielinska, Pot Luck Club sommelier, with Jayne Beaumont of Beaumont Wines in Bot River.  The Hope Marguerite vies with the Shiraz/Mourvedre and the Goutte D'or dessert wine as our favourites from Beaumont
The Village Idiot is full of old-time references like this impala head and a huge stuffed ostrich, "The Village Idiot"
A hamburger,sir?
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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