Barrels and Beards Harvest Celebration is one of my favourite events of the year. After harvest all us Bot River winemakers just want to get together and celebrate and we enjoy it even more when others are keen to join in too!
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WHAT’S THE PLAN,where must I go, what must I do??
Friday night warm-up at Honingklip
The winemakers of Bot River love nothing more than an ice cold craft beer on a Friday arve and after harvest it even more welcome, so join them for a relaxed kuier at our local Bot River brewery -Honingklip from 18h00 – tickets are R180 and include beer and pork sausages.
Saturday morning Tasting with Roland Peens
The unique ‘Best of Bot River Tasting’ at Goedvertrouw Wine Estate – owned and run by Elreda Pillman – on the Saturday morning is aimed at the more serious winos and cellar buffs. During the first part of the tasting, guests will have a chance to taste the best of the 2015 vintage hailing from Bot River. After that, Roland Peens will present a blind tasting of the finest wines from Bot River against international counterparts. Tickets : R350 tasting & lunch
Saturday evening – The Baard Paartie
At the main event at Barton Vineyards on Saturday evening, guests will be able to taste the young wines from the 2016 vintage, straight from the barrel, whilst comparing them to older vintages of the same wine. This will be followed by a delicious, proudly Botriviera dinner and of course, the long-awaited Beard competition. Wines will be on sale on the evening. Tickets: R450 tasting and dinner and so much fun!
SEE YOU THERE!
Chardonnay fans, make a big note to save the date: Saturday 3rd October! This is the second year Môreson Wine Farm hosts this exceptional day celebrating Chardonnay.
Over twenty vineyards in South Africa will be presenting their selection of finest quality Chardonnay ( yes only Chardonnay). It will be a day filled with spectacular wines yummy food – the Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant will be open for lunch; and they’ll have their famous charcuterie for sale at the festival.
NB info: Tickets cost R150 and include a glass and access to some of South Africa’s finest Chardonnays.
Buy tickets online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for direct ticket sales.
Time: 15:00 – 20:00
Want to see who else will be there? www.newschoolgrandcru.co.za
We’ve all been patiently waiting for the sun to come out and play and see fit to celebrate the change of season with our annual Bot River Spring Weekend.
I’ll be pouring the latest vintage of Genevieve MCC 2011 at Luddite Wines this year. A family affair sure to entertain and while away your time in Bot River. This year we’re adding an option of oysters to your tasting of Genevieve MCC, why because we love oysters and well sometimes you need to enjoy a little extra delectable something to bring out the joie de vivre!
Penny Verburg of Luddite Wines has been cooking up a storm; your lunch treats to be enjoyed with a glass of Luddite Shiraz or Chenin made by the great man Niels Verburg. I’ve included the menu in her words to give you a big yummy picture of what she’s been preparing.
“ I’ve been beavering away in the kitchen and have the following on offer for the weekend:
Old fashioned pork pies served with a side salad and home made piccalilli
Selection of Richard Bosman’s charcuterie, home made bread, pates and farm butter
Vegetarian mushroom pate, breads, salad and local cheeses
The pantry is bulging with stuff grown and made on the farm: jams, marmalades, pickles, olive oil and yummy lemon and granadilla curd!”
And then to top it all off we thought we’d add some more colour to the day with some great local artists showing off their wares.
Wendy Voogt will be exhibiting her paintings, John the Potter will have some pottery on sale, Jo Elkin will be selling her goods and lastly there will be a washing line full of Sue Heyns beautiful patchwork quilts
Time: Saturday / Sunday: 10:00 -15:00
See you this weekend!
Melissa , Penny & Niels!
Should you need further info, please contact Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za
PS: Brush up on your 101 to TASTING oysters!
Oyster tasting is similar to wine tasting. You’re trying to absorb and appreciate the nuances in flavor and texture imparted by climatic conditions. The culmination of these effects is what oyster aficionados call “meroir.”
The 6 S’s of Pro Oyster Tasting
#1 SEE: Feast with your eyes! Study the shell, shape, and color.
#2 SMELL: It should smell sea-breezy and sweet, not fishy at all.
#3 SIP: Sip the oyster liquor to get a sense of the salinity.
#4 SLURP: Shimmy the oyster meat loose, tilt the flat edge of the shell to your lips and slurp! Don’t discard the oyster liquor (faux pas).
#5 SAVOR: Chew a few times to get the full body taste; notice the progression from nose (salty) to body (sweet/flavors) to finish (lingering aroma).
#6 SHARE: Flip the shell over, discuss your impressions with friends and enjoy Genevieve MCC!
Here are some of Genevieve MCC favourite places to visit on cold cloudy day to brighten up the winter blues!
Needing a bit a TLC because the winter blues have set in, snuggle up at the Nellie for the High Tea with some Genevieve MCC, nothing beats a sugar rush on a cold winters day.
Get the buzz going with a champion flat white at the best coffee shop in the world at Truth Coffee .
For some inspiration, visit Wild Peacock (Stellenbosch) for a browse in their cozy wine shop and search out some of their delicious deli goods for a picnic next to the fire at home with some Genevieve of course!
If you need to stock up on some local products from the Overberg roll into Peregrine Farm Stall. Their restaurant winter specials include a bowl of hearty soup, a perfect break away from the chill outside.
And the ultimate getaway place in the valley is KolKol, relax in a log cabin with a roaring fire or plunge into the hot tub while sipping some Genevieve MCC.
Keep warm happy people!
The SizweNtsalubaGobodo Celebration of Bubbles Festival is returning to dazzle Joburg bubbly lovers on 14 & 15 March at Inanda country Club.
The festival plays host to over 25 cap classique and champagne houses. Your ticket includes a glass and 10 tasting coupons.
We’ll be showcasing our new vintage the Genevieve MCC 2011 so join us for a day of sophistication and fun with live music, great food and loads of Bubbles from 12h00 – 18h00 both Saturday and Sunday..
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR or through WEBTICKETS.