Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Trade Show 2019 at Welgelegen, Cape Town

It certainly is the time of year for Wine Trade shows which we are always happy to attend to taste the new wines on sale. This time it was the Trade show of a group of wine marketers and negociants who call themselves The Trade Show. They are Miranda Rieker, Kirsten Stewart, Michelle Stewart, Bev Murray, Stephen Botha, and Hein de Jager and the tasting was held at Welgemeend in Gardens, an old Cape Dutch house which is now a museum and which can be hired for functions
Canapés of smoked salmon 
Migliarina wines always impress us
made by Carsten Migliarina
Karin Steytler and Robert Stolk of Kaapzicht with Rozanne Nel of Boplaas
Kaapzicht had the new vintage of the very popular 1947 chenin, this year it has rather more wood than before
Wilna Hofmeyr was showing the Meinert wines, now made by Cape Wine Master, Brendan Butler
Contemplating wine on the verandah
More canapés
Cape Grace Sommelier Marlvin Gwede and Attie Louw of Opstal. Attie’s Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc is as interesting and excellent as it always has been and no doubt will continue to win awards
Some warm quiches
A line up of Attie Louw’s current wines
Small warm mushroom filo canapés
It is a very good space for tasting wines and there were other rooms with wines
Jackie Rabe and Conrad Vlok of First Sighting/Strandveld Vineyards
showed their excellent, crisp, award winning, high scoring wines from Elim. We hope to visit them soon
Etienne Louw was showing his own wines with very decorative labels. The brand is The Vinoneers. He has a Cape Blend, a bush vine Chenin and a really nice dry, but full of rose petals and Turkish delight, Gewürztraminer from a vineyard that no longer exists. Buy soon, this is going to move quickly, Gewürz is becoming rare, sadly, as many farms have stopped making it
Hugo Truter with Miranda Rieker. Hugo was showing his Agaat wines, very elegant
Wines from Remhoogte. Free to Be is a Riesling
and was shown by Rob Boustred of Remhoogte
Classics from Hartenberg which we love. The 2016 Eleanor is their Flagship Chardonnay,
so elegant, so Burgundy in style with nutty wood. Their Riesling as also a Cape classic
Lots of trade attended, many friends, and there was good interest in the wines
And procreation was taking place in the garden

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