Lure for apri­cot afi­ciona­dos

Apri­cots, wine – and apri­cot wine – on the menu in Breede River val­ley this month

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apri­cots but ex­clud­ing wine, runs from Novem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 6 . Phone 023 625 1040 for more in­for­ma­tion.

There should also be apri­cots for sale at the farm­stall at the Eseltjies­rus Don­key Sanc­tu­ary out­side McGre­gor at the month end. Phone the McGre­gor Tourism of­fice on 023 625 1954 for up­dates.

In the Riebeek Val­ley, Allesver- loren es­tate is the venue for a fundraiser for the Val­ley Empowerment Project, which helps vic­tims of abuse. Wine tast­ings, an art auc­tion and a gourmet lunch are on the pro­gramme for Sun­day, Novem­ber 29. Tick­ets cost R300 and the art, do­nated works by West­ern Cape artists, can be pre­viewed in the val­ley. Con­tact Alexi on 084 601 3636 for more info.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the Din­ers Club Wine­maker of the Year award is ev­i­dent in the an­nual in­crease in the vol­ume of en­tries. This year caber­net sau­vi­gnon was the cat­e­gory con­tested and a judg­ing panel headed by Dave Hughes and in­clud­ing John Avery from Bris­tol sniffed, swirled, sipped and spat their way through en­tries to reach con­sen­sus: Coe­nie Sny­man is the 2009 win­ner for his 2007 Rust en Vrede caber­net, de­scribed as “deep and rich with ex­cel­lent po­ten­tial”.

When it comes to wines un­der R25, it’s dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish good from medi­ocre if you can­not taste be­fore buy­ing. A good rea­son for wine-lovers to di­arise Tues­day, Novem­ber 24, when the Best Value Wine Show takes place at GrandWest Casino from 5pm to 9pm. About 80 wines from 20 es­tab­lished Cape cel­lars will be there for sam­pling and pur­chas­ing, at prices start­ing at R20 and peak­ing at R60. Wine mag­a­zine’s 2010 Best Value Guide is in­cluded with a tast­ing glass when buy­ing your R60 ticket. Tick­ets can be bought on­line at www.thewine­spe­cial­ or at the door. Con­tact Bjorn van Oort on 021 981 0216.

WIN: There are five pairs of tick­ets to the Best Value Wine Show wait­ing to be won by Week­end Ar­gus TGW read­ers. To en­ter to win a pair, an­swer the ques­tion be­low, add your name and day­time tele­phone num­ber and e-mail to bjor n@cvo­mar­ket­ by close of busi­ness on Tues­day, Novem­ber 17. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied by phone. Please put TGW/Best Value Give­away in the sub­ject line.

QUES­TION: Ap­prox­i­mately how many wines will be pre­sented for tast­ing at the Best Value Wine show?

RE­STORED: The ren­o­vated Kings River es­tate farm­stead out­side McGre­gor.

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