Events 2023


Wednesday  19th April:   BURGUNDY – The path less travelled.  Importer Alex Dale grew up in Burgundy, together with many of the current growers his own age. He knows them as well as we know our local winemakers,  as he visits them annually when tasting for his selection.  Taste five Chardonnays and five Pinot Noirs, across nine producers ( Domaines Amiot; Dubreuil-Fontaine; Famille Paquet; Jacqueson; Chavy-Chouet; Tollot-Beaut; Eric de Suremain; Pierre Gelin and Rene Bouvier ) and nine less travelled villages.   And across nine appelations (Santenay Vieilles Vignes; Pernard-Vergelesses; Pouilly-Fuisse 1er Cru Au Vignerais;  Rully; Bourgogne Aligote Petit Poiriers; Chorey-les-Beaunes Rouge; Chateau Monthelie 1er Cru Indefiniment; Mercurey 1er Cru Les Champs Martin; Fixin Les Hervelets 1er Cru; Marsanney Le Finage ).  Book now!  R600  p/p Book your seat

Wednesday  10th May:   DE TRAFFORD with David Trafford. De Trafford Winery is situated on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm set at the top of a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, 380m up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, right at the end of the Blaauwklip road.  The history of wine growing on this mountain farm started with the purchase of the property in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessible grazing land. Many of the high altitude slopes were deemed suitable for high quality red grape varieties. David Trafford, owner & winemaker, qualified as an Architect from the University of Cape Town in 1988 and worked as a full time Architect until 1994. David traded architecture for Wine & Wife by leaving work and marrying Rita, qualified chef & aspiring artist. Living in the middle of the vineyard and close to the winery, they watch over all aspects of the business. David will introduce David will introduce: De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2021, De Trafford Chenin Blanc Reserva 2021, De Trafford Merlot 2018, De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2019, De Trafford Syrah 393 2019, De Trafford Syrah 393 2014, De Trafford Elevation 393 2015, De Trafford Elevation 393 2005 and De Trafford Straw Wine 2017.  R150 p/p Book your seat

Wednesday  24th May:  BARBARESCO – Taste eight single ‘Cru’ of this famed Nebbiolo region, all the same vintage produced by the Produttori di Barbaresco.  All have scored 94 – 97P.  The ‘cru’ or designated single vineyards are only bottled separately in outstanding vintages. Ovello, Montestefano, Pajè, Muncagota, Asili, Pora, Rabajà and Rio Sordo.  The set comes out of Caroline’s private cellar and she will present the tasting.  Critic tasting note for the  Asili 2014:  Critic tasting note: “Fragrant and refined, this stunning red opens with captivating aromas of woodland berry, rose, violet, ground spice and a whiff of new leather. On the firm, elegantly structured palate, taut refined tannins intertwine with succulent red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and chopped herb while fresh acidity lends balance. It’s already tempting but still young so give the tannins a few more years to unwind. Drink 2021–2034. Kerin O’Keefe” – 97/100, Wine Enthusiast.  R600 p/p Book your seat