At the Pre­to­ria News Wine Theatre!

Pretoria News Weekend - - PET CARE -

IF YOU’RE look­ing to get to grips with tast­ing, eval­u­at­ing and scor­ing wine, or the ef­fect of cold climes on trendy ‘cool wines’, then step right up and in to Wined­er­land!

Wine in all its glory takes cen­tre stage at the com­pli­men­tary Pre­to­ria News Wine Theatre at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, and you are in­vited to star in a lead­ing role as you ex­plore the ins and outs of wine with some of the coun­try’s top wine­mak­ers.

Ti­nus van Niek­erk hosts the TOPS at SPAR ses­sions, fea­tur­ing Olive Brook Wines from the SPAR Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Port­fo­lio.

Look out for edu­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on wine en­joy­ment, in­clud­ing pair­ing wine and food, and de­bunk­ing the hum­bug about wine ap­pre­ci­a­tion; the im­por­tance of ter­roir (how a par­tic­u­lar re­gion’s cli­mate, soil and ter­rain af­fect the taste of wine); dif­fer­ent types and styles of wines; and the wood (oak) treat­ment of wine.

Are you a hy­per­taster? Find out when Ti­nus dips into the is­sue through sighted and un­sighted tast­ings along with as­sess­ing wine qual­ity by vis­ual cues; wine aro­mat­ics; tast­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing and scor­ing wine; the six main taste modal­i­ties used in eval­u­at­ing wines; and the im­por­tance of the cor­rect wine stemware, and wine breath­ing and de­cant­ing.

Four SPAR Pri­vate La­bel wines are in the spot­light in each day’s tast­ing ses­sion, in­clud­ing dry whites, rosés and reds, and nat­u­ral sweet moscato styles; Cham­pagne from France; and sin­gle va­ri­etal and blended wines from dif­fer­ent vin­tages.

What makes cool re­gion wines so cool? Find out in the fas­ci­nat­ing South Hill Wines ses­sions. South Hill Wines hail from Elgin, South Africa’s coolest cli­mate wine re­gion, where the grapes take a lit­tle longer to ripen on the vines.

They ex­plore ex­actly how cli­mate af­fects the flavours in your glass, and present in­no­va­tive pair­ings that il­lus­trate the vine­yard’s fruit pu­rity point.

Just as cli­mate in­flu­ences the flavours of wines, so does ter­roir.

Over the cen­turies, French wine­mak­ers have evolved this con­cept by ob­serv­ing the vari­a­tions in wines from dif­fer­ent re­gions, vine­yards, or even dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the same vine­yard!

Her­manus­pi­eters­fontein Wine Cel­lar from Her­manus will host ‘A sense of place’ – a col­lec­tion of ses­sions aimed at un­pack­ing this con­cept.

It fea­tures three sin­gle va­ri­etals from dif­fer­ent ori­gins and demon­strates the ex­act ef­fect ter­roir has on the fi­nal prod­uct.

Ex­pect to taste Caber­net Franc, Sauvi­gnon Blanc and Shi­raz.

Delush proudly brings you a wine ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence; this year Delush will be host­ing a live wine talk in Wined­er­land.

Join their Delush Wine brand am­bas­sador to find out more about the new wave of African game chang­ers and how their ac­tions and in­sider knowl­edge is in­spir­ing so many oth­ers to ful­fill their dreams and as­pi­ra­tions with flair and con­fi­dence.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive show, their brand am­bas­sador and guests will ex­pe­ri­ence three Delush wines re­veal­ing a few se­crets and tips that will make you the envy at your next so­cial get to­gether.

In ad­di­tion, a renowned chef will take you through a culi­nary jour­ney and to­gether they will con­coct a pair­ing that will leave you mes­mer­ized.

The live show is crammed full of in­for­ma­tive and in­spir­ing in­sights to per­sonal jour­neys, ob­ses­sions and up­com­ing trends – and de­li­cious Delush wine of course. ● To ex­pe­ri­ence these wined­er­ful ses­sions, visit the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show pre­sented by Pre­to­ria News from 24 – 26 Au­gust at Men­lyn Park Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Me­gan Evans show­cases Dur­banville Hills wines at the Tops at Spar Wine Show pre­sented by the Pre­to­ria News now on at Men­lyn.

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