Friday, November 08, 2019

Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair at Grand Beach, Cape Town

Saturday before last saw us at the Grand Café on the Beach
for Wade Bales' extremely popular Cap Classique and Gin Affair 2019
Your ticket entitled you to six plump oysters or a vegetarian option, which Lynne had
The oysters are served in bamboo boats, which are recyclable
The oyster queues were not long, but the wait for the vegetarian option was very long
MD of Wines of South Africa, Siobhan Robinson and a friend
John began at the Stellenrust stand for their Cap Classique bubbly; Lynne started with Claudia from Hemel and Aarde
The restaurant was very busy
and space at tables in the adjoining marquee was at a premium
There was also a little lounge style seating which allowed for a relaxed afternoon, if you could occupy it
We both had a chat with the Benguela Cove staff and enjoyed their Cap Classique again
The last time we had this was at Leonardslee Estate in Sussex;
both Benguela Cove and Leonardslee are owned by Penny Streeter OBE
Still reeling and celebrating their recent Vertex Award for the Wine of the Competition at Veritas 
were Megan and Shane Mullis of Domaine des Dieux
Summer on the way?  Lovely blue sea and a sunny day. Well, not always
It is Spring and Cape Town spring weather often shows all four seasons in one day. Keeps us on our toes
The Cap Classique area was very popular and quite crowded,
but the gin area was so busy it was hard to get a tasting
Time to get a gin cocktail
A new gin label to us, Monkey 57
Pizza was very popular in the restaurant; they are huge
On the water stand you could have a bottle of fizzy or plain water without a charge. Very sensible indeed
The water is condensed from the moisture in the air. Very clever in a drought environment and very pure
We needed some lunch after the tasting and shared the fish and chips. Lynne enjoyed a Seville Orange gin
Good chips and two portions of fish with good batter; one of the best menu choices, we have discovered
The  Cap Classique & Gin Affair will be repeated for Johannesburg fans at the Southern Sun in Hyde Park Rooftop Terrace Bar, 
on  Saturday 23rd November from 3-7 pm and Sunday 24th November from 1-5 pm
Book your tickets today at QUICKET TICKETS

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