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Taste of Helderberg Wine Show
Beat the winter chill with fine vintages from the Stellenbosch Winelands
Sample the fruits of one of Stellenbosch’s must lauded sub-regions and rub shoulders with some of the area’s most respected winemakers at the Taste of Helderberg wine show at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Thursday, 6 June 2013. An opportunity for wine lovers to taste over 100 wines and indulge in a hearty selection of fine fare from a number of winery restaurants, the one-night only fundi extravaganza - it’s grown exponentially since its 2009 inception - certainly looks to be one for the books.
Both home to some of South Africa’s oldest wineries and the province’s most prized vineyards, the well-established wine region will showcase reds, whites and MCCs from over 40 estates, from well-known stalwarts to modern boutique wineries and traditional family-owned estates to the pioneers of eco-conscious winemaking. What’s more, true connoisseurs have the rare opportunity chat to some of the region’s cellarmasters about their distinctive methods and philosophy.
Those keen to fill their bellies as well as wet their whistle will be elated to know that the kitchens of seven fine dining restaurants from the region will also be present and accounted for. Each eatery’s head chef is set to whip up lip-smacking tasting portions of their signature dishes. Look out for Avontuur’s Salmon Roses stuffed with Prawns, Wasabi Mayo and Pickled Ginger or sample 96 Winery Road’s famous Duck and Cherry Pie or Creamy Cauliflower Soup. Not to mention, Somerbosch Bistro promises to tantalise taste buds with a scrumptious Camembert, Sweet Onion, Bacon and Sage Quiche. Vegetarians don’t fret, Ghenwa’s Lebanese Cooking Club has you covered with moreish gluten-free treats and vegan dishes.
Not to mention, olives from Morgenster and Yonder Hill as well as Waterkloof’s naturally matured Healey’s Cheddar (it was crowned as South Africa’s Best Round Cheddar at the prestigious 2013 South African Dairy Championships) are just some of the other delicacies patrons can nibble on.
Quite simply, as Annareth Bolton, CEO of Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes, sums up “Even if it is grey and grim out there, Taste of the Helderberg 2013 guarantees you a heart warming experience indoors, enjoyed with like-minded food and wine lovers who all treasure the finer indulgences in life.”
Festival-goers can utilise the chill areas and the restaurant at the hotel during the show, and the hotel restaurant is open for bookings on the night. For more information or to book dinner at the on-site eatery contact +27 (0) 21 855 1040.
Tickets for the 2013 Taste of Helderberg Wine Show
There are only 500 tickets available, as organisers want to keep this an intimate and meaningful affair. Tickets can be pre-booked or bought at the door and cost a mere R70p/p; wine tasting samples and a branded tasting glass are included in the ticket price. All wines exhibited are available for purchase at the show. Food portions are charged separately, so bring along cash as card machines are not available at the venue.
For more information or to pre-book tickets for the wine show contact Björn van Oort at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 21 981 0216.
Since wine tastings are liberally poured and in accordance with the Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes commitment to responsible drinking and driving, NH Lord Charles Hotel is offering an accommodation special for the evening. For more information and to book contact NH Lord Charles Hotel on on +27 (0) 21 855 1040.
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