They are back in Jozi for the third year and The Sommeliers Selection wine tasting festival promises to be bigger and better than ever and with a range of wines to suit every palate and pocket – I like the pocket part!
The Sommeliers Selection is the only South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around the perfect varietals for a restaurant wine menu.
This year, more than 300 wines from 120 of the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest which was held in Cape Town in June. Winning wines to be sampled at the Gauteng tastings come from over 50 farms and include the likes of Almenkerk, Babylonstoren, De Grendel, Eikendal, Glen Carlou, Jan Harmsgat, L’Avenir, Lothian Vineyards, Mont Blois and many more.
The tasting will take place on the stunning pool deck of the Tsogo Sun Hyde Park on Wednesday, August 29, with doors opening to the public at 17:00. Doors will close at 20:00.
Says Darielle Robertson from The Sommeliers Selection: “With the rapid and exciting growth of the food and wine industry in South Africa over the last 20 years, consumers are looking for experienced guidance when it comes to selecting wine. This competition does just that.
“With categories such as Fresh & Crunchy White or Voluptuous & Rich Red wines of different varieties, blends and pricing, but stylistically similar, can stand alongside each other. The panel of Sommeliers then blind taste individually, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfil the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection “ultimate” wine list.”
For a full list of the winning wines, go to www.thesommeliersselection.co.za
Venue: 8th Floor, Tsogo Sun Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Date: Wednesday, August 29
Tickets: R75pp (no persons under 18 permitted)