It feels like just yesterday that I was at this event – and now they are back! And I am quite excited about it too! Wine Menu’s popular Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival – regarded as one of the country’s most exclusive boutique wine tastings – returns for its seventh outing and will once again feature an impressive selection of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

This not-to-be-missed event – the only focused showcase in Gauteng of these two noble varietals – takes place in the Killarney Country Club’s Crystal Room on Thursday, May 10, from 18h00 to 21h00.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and cost R250 per person. The price includes a tasting glass as well as light snacks chosen to complement the styles of wine being sampled.

Says Wine Menu’s Corlien Morris: “This is a targeted wine experience that focuses on the flavours and nuances of these two famous Burgundian varietals. Generally many high-end, award-winning pinot noirs and chardonnays are not shown at other festivals because they are often too expensive and with too small a production. People who come to The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival are generally passionate and knowledgeable about wine and are interested in these varietals.”

Some of the wines that will be available for tasting on the night include Ataraxia’s Pinot Noir 2015 and their Chardonnay 2016, the Vondeling Chardonnay 2017, the Lothian Pinot Noir 2016, the Lothian Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2016 and the Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2017. Other farms that will be represented include Glenelly, Springfield, Bouchard Finlayson and Domaine Des Dieux. More estates and wines are still being finalised

In addition to tastings, the wines will also on sale on the night, often at less than retail prices. Some are no longer available on the general marketplace.

Only 300 tickets will be made available for the 2018 Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival so booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za or from Wine Menu in the BluBird Shopping Centre, Illovo.

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