The world of wine can feel like an exclusive club, complete with its own lingo, necessary equipment (surely we all made the mistake of serving red wine out of a white wine glass before we knew better?) and, of course, strong opinions. The Good Food & Wine Show, which kicks off on 27 May in Cape Town, allows visitors to uncork an exciting world of vino know-how at its dedicated new wine walk.
It’s a space for those in the know and those who would like to be in the know, from the experiential wine wall, where visitors can see, swirl, smell or sip some of the best South African and international vintages, to displays of the hottest new wine-related gadgets.
Helping you along the way to wine worldliness is the Wine Theatre, one of the event’s top notes. Here some of the country’s most acclaimed sommeliers, like Tuning the Vine’s Ewan Mackenzie and the Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces’ gifted Pearl Oliver, will let listeners in on their own secrets of wine and food pairing.
Otherwise, you can expand your wine education right from the source (no, we don’t mean the bottle – although there will be plenty of that) by meeting the makers of your favourite wines, be it Spier’s Frans Smit or BLANKbottle’s Pieter Walser. And if wine isn’t your ambrosia of choice, you can always head over to George Dalla Cia’s for a grappa tasting.
The one thing that is certain is that after an amble through the Good Food & Wine Show’s wine walk, you’ll be a better-informed, more inspired wine drinker. In fact, the wine zone promises a heady bouquet of the wine world’s most happening moments that we’re pretty certain will turn even enthusiasts into connoisseurs…
Get your ticket from Computicket or at the door. A Wine Combo Ticket costs R160 (includes show entry, a wine tasting glass and six wine tasting vouchers). If you’d like to purchase a wine glass only, this costs R40 and comes with a voucher booklet comprising six wine tasting coupons. Thereafter, additional tasting coupons are available at the show for R30 for six. Do note that visitors have to present four tasting coupons to gain access to the Wine Theatre per session.