If you have been following our blog you might have read about Tuning the Vine.
This walkable inner city wine route is a great way to discover the CBD by foot and gives you the option to see as many as 13 venues in one evening.
The last event left me a bit overwhelmed with the amount of tasty wines that you were able to choose from. This time I was prepared. I picked my company carefully: one of my best friends whom I love to bits and that is much more knowledgeable on the topic ‘vino’ than I am. I chose comfy shoes, a big bottle of water (it was a Wednesday night after all), a reliable pen & paper to make some notes on which wine was my favourite and off we went.
Thankfully, Tuning the Vine added one additional spot to pick up your tasting glass and wristband. This made it easier to get started. Because the Taj and its ABC Bar was closest to us, we went straight there. We started with Ormonde Basson Family Wines located in Darling. Denzel, one of their dedicated staff members, passionately told us all about their vintage. Our first wine of the evening was the Ondine Semillion and it was amazing. I am usually more a fan of red wine but my taste buds quivered in anticipation for more. An absolute stunner of a wine and, as it turned out, our favourite for the night (we even went back and bought a bottle). Denzel then gave us ‘Nog een dop’ (translates roughly into: One for the road) and we went to the next venue.
The Gin Bar that lies behind Honest Chocolate Coffee had another unexpected treat. We were greeted by a lovely gentlemen arranging for tastings of Temple Rum. This private reserve Rum is distilled, blended and bottled in India and will be hitting the market shortly. The drink that we were about to get our hands on was carefully prepared. The glass had been rubbed with a bit of fresh orange and then dipped in brown sugar. We were then advised to drink it like a shot of tequila and bite in a slice of orange. Wowser! The experience was much softer and smoother than tequila. On top of that Honest Chocolate had arrange for some samples (if you have not tried their chocolate yet, go there as soon as you can!). Their truffle chocolate is so velvety it melts right on your tongue and I struggled to not eat it all.
Next stop on our tour was the Charango. Kleinood – Home of Tamboerskloof wines – welcomed us to try their vintage. The exceptional small vinery concentrates very much on the quality of their vines and tastings actually have to be arranged for in advance. Excited about a great wine so close to home we fell in love with their range. Definitely well worth it to go the extra mile and make an appointment!
We also made a quick stop at Publik and Weinhaus & Biergarten. We love both of these venues but at this point it became a big crowded. I guess this was to be expected, seeing that Tuning the Vine had roughly 1 500 participants. We just chose to go to another place.
We ended up at the Twankey Bar meeting our friend Melissa from Genevieve MCC and stayed for good. Besides Genevieve MCC we also got to taste well known Graham Beck MCC which rounded up the evening perfectly. Happily we stumbled home and had a huge portion Spaghetti Carbonara. After all, wine tasting can make you very hungry.
If you have missed the first two events, don’t fret, you still can join Tuning the Vine next month on the 9th of December 2015. Don’t miss out!