Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Magic of Chenin and All that Jazz! at The Grand Beach, V&A Waterfront

A marvellous Chenin party with the Chenin Blanc Association
We were so delighted to see the Chenin Blanc Association open up their annual Chenin Blanc tasting to the public.  This was held last week at The Grand on the Beach in the Waterfront from 5 to 10 and was sensational.  A chance to taste Chenin from every member of the association, old and new and some very different .  We had a ball
David Trafford and Sijnn winemaker Charla Haasbroek show the artwork for a new Sijnn label. Charla is also wearing the artwork, which is on the silk scarf around her neck
Chenin, sunset, service and sea side.  Perfection
We were early; lots of room for arriving guests. Canapés were served throughout the evening
Kleine Zalze cellarmaster Alastair Rimmer and friends

Owner winemakers David Trafford of De Trafford and Sijnn and Jeff Grier of Villiera
Both were showing very, very good Chenins
Wine tasting counters were arranged at all the bars
Inside the shed there was a pay bar for those who wanted to drink something else...?!
The jazz band played on all evening
Watching the sunset cruise boats coming back to harbour
Hannes Meyer of Simonsig
Ken Forrester, Chairman of the Chenin Blanc Association in beach attire, gets the ball rolling on the evening
Bruwer Raats with his son
Adam Mason of Mulderbosch chats to two media members
Chilling on the beach with Chenin.  There was a very good magician Larry Soffer circulating and amazing people with his mind reading and Légerdemain
Edo Heyns, Strategic Marketing Manager at AdVini South Africa with L'Avenir Single Vineyard Chenin blanc
A taste of Kleine Zalze
Hobbits also attended
Aletté van Vuuren of Ken Forrester with Anthony van Schalkwyk of Kleine Zalze
At the Ken Forrester stand there was a huge push to taste Ken's Dirty Little Secret
Cathy van Zyl MW enjoys a joke with Danie Steytler Jr of Kaapzicht
Full moon rising over the bay.  The weather was balmy.  All we needed  was an owl and a pussycat.  OK, it's not pea green...
La Colombe sommelier Joseph Dafana and journalist Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
A superb chance to taste some of the very best Chenin Blancs currently on sale in South Africa. We hope that they will do it again next year and that you can come

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