Friday, September 21, 2018

Cape Wine 2018 - Faces and Wines

There was such energy and professionalism at Cape Wine this year and. amongst a lot of serious marketing and promotion, there was also some fun. We loved the approach made by the Bot River area calling themselves the Botriviera! Here is Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Wines with his excellent Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
Megan Parnell of Domaine des Dieux was showing the first bubbly nearest the entrance and she appeared to do a roaring trade; certainly lots of people were tasting and talking to them about these good MCCs from the Hemel and Aarde
Ina Smith of the Chenin Blanc Association with a great line up
Hannes Meyer with the lovely Lomond wines from down near the southernmost tip of Africa
Sharon Parnell and Peter Clark of Domaine des Dieux. We saw them working hard on the stand for much of the show as well
Franco Lourens of Lourens Family Vineyards. He also works with Chris Alheit at Alheit Vineyards. Their name for the shared stand was The Whole Bunch. It was important for many of the smaller producers to share the expense of the stands to get themselves known and their wines tasted. If only there were government support for the wine industry to support this sort of thing. Our wine industry is a big contributor to the fiscus and is given very little support by government, national, provincial or local, unlike other sectors like mining and SOEs
Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof with a customer
Mary-Lou Nash of Black Pearl Vineyards enjoying a tasting
Johann de Wet, Francois Rautenbach, Nicole Kuhnert and Bennie Stipp on the De Wetshof stand
Guy Webber on the Neethlingshof stand with customers
Dave Swingler, always happy tasting wine
Zelda Furstenburg at a seminar
Janine Petersen of J9 Wines with Michael Kern of the 3seven1 Group
Jane Abasalia and Liza van Deventer on the Holden Manz stand, promoting Pinotage
Francois van Zyl of Laibach with his Ladybirds
Graham Blackshaw with Jeff Grier and, in the background,
Arco Laarman on his stand, shared with Kruger wines
Charles Withington of The Darling Wine Shop
with Zia du Toit and winemaker Wynand Grobler of Lanzerac
Takuan von Arnim on the Haute Cabrière, Pierre Jourdan stand
Duncan Savage - different styles for different days
Trizanne Barnard with her Trizanne Signature Wines
 Winemakers can add their beauty to their bottles
Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit
Tebogo Makama with Tinashe Nyamudoka and Valencia Mosiea of One&Only Cape Town
Tinashe's Kumusha wine which was our Wine of the Week last week
Hildegard Witbooi, viticulturist at Springfontein Wines was there with her husband,
Tariro Masayiti, Springfontein's cellarmaster and General manager
Richard Kershaw with a Chinese customer who is also an admirer
IWSC Gold for Holden Manz
New release from Charles Fox: Reserve Brut made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
Eben Sadie with Swedish sommelier Daniella Lundh Egenäs
Andre Morgenthal who runs the Old Vines Project, with some of the wines produced from old vines
Samantha O'Keefe, Lismore owner winemaker with Liesl Cluver Rust of Paul Cluver

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