Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cape Winemakers Guild tutored and public tastings

This year's Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will be held at Spier Wine Estate on Saturday 29th September, beginning at 09h00.  It is open to the public as well as the wine industry. Further registration information and details on their Telephonic and Proxy bidding options are available from the Cape Winemakers Guild Office via email at or call +27 21 852 0408

Registration for the Auction and sales of VIP Lounge tickets will close on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. We will be there enjoying the day and perhaps making a bid or two for these really special wines. There are some pre-auction events. Look on:

We were invited to the very prestigious VIP guided tasting of 37 of the exceptional auction wines, and another 11 later in the foyer. Each winemaker presented their own wine. The quality is high this year, so good prices are expected, despite the downturn in the economy. The tasting was held in the Ballroom of the Westin International Hotel in Cape Town

For details of the 2018 Auction Wines, click here
A selection of Guild members' MCCs to condition our palates
The wines were poured by student winemakers from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute - they are our future in wine
Behind a screen, Guild members and a few other winemakers were checking to make sure that there were no corked bottles of their wines. Leon Coetzee, Sebastian Beaumont, David Nieuwoudt, Johan Joubert and Margaux Nel Coetzee
Johan Malan of Simonsig checking his wine for any off aromas ... Behind him are Gottfried Mocke of Boekenhoutskloof and Carl van der Merwe of De Morgenzon
.... and no problems detected
The Grand ballroom at the Westin International all set for the tutored tasting
A gathering of the Clan. Wine writer Fiona McDonald and broadcaster Guy McDonald
Guild Chairman Boela Gerber opens the tasting
Starting with bubbly is always a good conditioner for the palate. Only 36 to go....
Fiona McDonald, Jan "Boland" Coetzee and Guy McDonald
Michael Bampfield Duggan of Wine Concepts and Karen Glanfield Pawley
Delectable fresh oysters served after the tasting
Some sushi too
Something interesting. A savoury donut with a nesting meatball
Tiny pastries topped with mozzarella, basil and baby tomato caprese
Derek Prout-Jones, Jeff Grier and Karen Visser
After the private tasting and a bit of socialising, we moved to the Convention Centre to spend a little time at the public tasting before going home to put MENU to bed
Bennie Howard and Gottfried Mocke
Duncan Savage

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