Four-day fest of­fers fine wines, fancy fare

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING - MYRNA ROBINS

WHETHER you in­tend to kick back and sip pink fizz in the sun­shine or hunt down vi­nous trea­sures from bou­tique cel­lars, plan­ning your route around the sixth Helder­berg Wine Fes­ti­val could pay div­i­dends.

Winer­ies and or­gan­is­ers of this cel­e­bra­tion are pre­sent­ing a broad di­ver­sity of at­trac­tions, fine fare and win­ning wines.

Spread over four days, the fes­tiv­i­ties also serve to raise funds for sev­eral char­i­ta­ble projects, some­thing this re­gion does reg­u­larly and in great style.

For a so­phis­ti­cated start, book for the Six Senses event at the Waterk­loof restau­rant and tast­ing lounge near Som­er­set West on Thurs­day, where 10 lo­cal restau­rants and 20 winer­ies will pre­sent tast­ing por­tions of their sig­na­ture dishes and pour their prod­ucts.

The ticket price of R200 is allinclu­sive.

Retro fans can dress in cos­tume and head to Blaauwk­lip­pen the fol­low­ing evening for an out­door screen­ing of Grease, where pop­corn will be prom­i­nent.

To en­ter, buy a one-day or mul­ti­day fes­ti­val ticket.

The Erin­vale Care and Help Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which sup­ports ed­u­ca­tional and up­lift­ment projects, will ben­e­fit from a glam­orous din­ner dance at the Lord Charles ho­tel next Satur­day. Tick­ets cost R450.

Head to Verge­noegd with your pooch to help raise funds for the K9 Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion, and watch a demo by these clever dogs.

In­vest time in un­earthing the lim­ited vi­nous edi­tions at Romond Vine­yards, whose Fan­faronne 2009 is an im­pres­sive blend of cab franc and cab, rea­son­ably priced at R180. This cel­lar is also home to Gerda Willers’ Nigma from Mi­ravel, an un­usual wooded sauvi­gnon blanc, com­plex and full-bod­ied (R110).

Visit the Post House cel­lar where Ni­cholas Ge­bers makes dark dense reds and com­plex whites with philatelic sto­ries be­hind their names.

His Merry Widow 2011 shi­raz (R130) of­fers an ex­cep­tional re­sult from min­i­mal grape han­dling.

Those who pre­fer their sauvi­gnon blancs flo­ral and fruity should try Avon­tuur’s Sara­bande Re­serve 2013 (R104), which spent two months in French oak and is packed with fruit flavours for a sum­mery aper­i­tif.

Think pink and savour the easy­drink­ing joys of Blaauwk­lip­pen’s off-dry low-al­co­hol rosy fizz. Straw­berry, peach and pear com­bine in Ons Sprankel (R69) while Somer­bosch’s 2013 rosé de­liv­ers af­ford­able un­com­pli­cated sip­ping. Both wines call for pic­nic fare with Med flair.

Pe­ruse the web­site pro­gramme: chil­dren can pet duck­lings, adults can play boules, lunch can be a restau­rant feast, a gourmet pizza, a cheese plat­ter, tapas, lamb spit­braai, potjiekos, boun­teous pic­nic... the choice is tan­ta­lis­ing.

Toss the corks from empty bot­tles into the bins pro­vided at most cel­lars.

Amorim Cork’s Cork­life Project is do­ing ster­ling work train­ing and em­ploy­ing women who craft and sell use­ful items from re­cy­cled corks.

Fes­ti­val tick­ets at R100 for one­day and R150 for multi-day en­try are ob­tain­able from Verge­noegd and most cel­lars tak­ing part, or buy at www.plank­ton.mobi.

● See www.helder­berg­wine­fes tival.co.za or e-mail cobie@cvo­mar­ket­ing.co.za.

GLAM­OROUS DES­TI­NA­TION: Head for Waterk­loof, which hosts the open­ing event of the Helder­berg Wine Fes­ti­val on Thurs­day.

SEE YOU THERE! MFM 92.6 Ra­dio pre­sen­ters, from left, An­drea Kruger, Carla Marthi­nus, Re­naldo Sch­wamp, Cher­win Petersen and Sher­lin Barends plan their itin­er­ary for the Helder­berg Wine Fes­ti­val.

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