Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chenin blanc Beach Party at Grand on the Beach, V&A Waterfront

Now this is what you’d call a good party! Held the day before Cape Wine 2018 began, the Chenin Blanc Association held their party on "the Beach" at the Grand Cafe next to the V&A Waterfront. We were invited to join the party, play and taste some of the best Chenins in the land. We were instructed to wear suitable beach attire and, in the grey and damp week leading up to the party, we wondered what woollen attire would be suitable (long johns with a snorkel were mentioned). But the Cape climate played ball and we had marvellous sunny and warm weather
Welcomed by a marimba band to get us into the mood. It worked.
Malu Lambert and Jan Sleet chatting
A friend with Ina Smith, Manager of the Chenin Blanc Association, which organised the great event
 What would they do without this wonderful woman who tirelessly promotes this versatile grape
A visiting foreign wine delegate tasting at Anthonij Rupert Wines' table 
Ken Forrester, Chairman of the SA Chenin Blanc Association, welcomes us all
David and Nicholas Trafford chat to a guest
Hannelize Mouton of Diemersfontein
Karen Steytler of Kaapzicht in conversation with Fleur du Cap winemaker Pieter Badenhorst
Alastair Rimmer, Cellarmaster at Kleine Zalze, tastes a Ken Forrester wine from a huge bottle
Some of Ken Forrester’s’ lovely Chenin Blancs, including the amazingly fresh 2007
Higgo Jacobs starts off the first Wine Olympics. The teams had to answer a series of questions about Chenin blanc and then participate in a competition to see who could sabrage a bottle of Ken Forrester’s Sparklehorse sparkling Chenin and send the decapitated top of the bottle through a hoop
Guy McDonald of Magic Radio was the MC and tried to keep the contestants under control
Pieter du Toit of Cederberg, aka King Neptune, was judge and jury of this hilarious competition
Attie Louw of Opstal, Sebastian Beaumont and Chris Boustred of Remhoogte
trying to get their answers straight
You can see it in their faces; they don't have a clue about the question. Not many of them did!
We got one right! Celebration. Sommeliers Neil Grant, Kim McBride and a British colleague; Winemakers Attie Louw, Sebastian Beaumont
Kimi Blackadder, Fiona McDonald, Martin Moran MW with those hoops that had to be rolled
Siobhan Thompson & Maryna Calow of WOSA, with Thea van der Merwe of Jordan,
taking a well deserved breather before Cape Wine begins
Guy MacDonald gives instructions about how the obstacle course is to be approached
Alastair Rimmer, Danie Steytler, Siobhan Thompson, Maryna Calow
Lynne enjoying the sun and the very funny entertainment
Next time we suggest flaming hoops for the dogs - oops, contestants to leap through
Pieter du Toit, aka King Neptune, watches the action
Judge Spencer Fondaumiere checking the answers! Sebastian has a problem with that answer...
The line up of warm wines for each team to "Find the Chenin"
Even the staff were amused
Such a laugh! Lynne with Jeff Grier and Lucille Botha
Chris Boustred gets tips from Sebastian Beaumont on finding the seam for Sabrage ...
... and sends that cork flying through the hoop
as does Attie Louw
David Clarke succeeds too
A tandem attempt by Kim McBride and Chris Boustred. They got a previous question wrong and had to go again. The ringed cork came from Chris, but it missed the ring
The teams having fun
MC Guy MacDonald with those really tricky questions about Chenin Blanc
Kimberly McBride, Manager at Salut Wines, Manchester serves us some of the Sabraged bubbles
Chris Boustred with their Remhoogte Chenins
The not-so-younger-generation; Graham Knox and Francois Naude having fun
Jeff Grier makes a very short speech while Anel Grobler listens in the background
Chris Boustred chatting to Jean Daneel. It was a very convivial occassion, very social with rather a lot of chenin consumed rather than tasted. Some of us had a rather tender time next day

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