Wine tast­ing in the city

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A SMALL cel­lar ded­i­cated to the qual­ity pro­duc­tion of pinot noir, chardon­nay and sau­vi­gnon blanc, Bouchard Fin­layson Vine­yard was es­tab­lished in 1989 in the tem­per­ate Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley, near Her­manus.

It’s well worth a day trip out there, not only for the gor­geous wines but also na­ture walks – with a guide or on your own with a map; but, if time is of the essence, wine­maker Chris Al­brecht will be host­ing a tu­tored tast­ing at Open Wine in Bree Street on Au­gust 15 at 5.45pm.

The fun, in­for­mal event can ac­com­mo­date only 18 guests and is open to ev­ery­one from wine novices to oe­nol­o­gists. Nine vintages of the unique red blend Han­ni­bal will be tasted, along­side a few other Ital­ian va­ri­etal ex­am­ples, and sam­pled with de­lec­ta­ble canapés from Open Wine. The cost is R300 a per­son.

Al­brecht is cel­e­brat­ing his sev­enth vin­tage at Bouchard, which is si­t­u­ated on 125 hectares of Walker Bay’s prime viti­cul­tural land. Owned by the Red Car­na­tion Ho­tels’ Toll­man fam­ily and un­der the lead­er­ship of Victoria Toll­man, founder Peter Fin­layson and Al­brecht, 25ha are cur­rently un­der vine with 50% de­voted to the va­ri­etal for which Peter is most ac­claimed – pinot noir.

Book­ing for the tast­ing is es­sen­tial: call 028 312 3515 or email info@ bouchardfin­ Should you miss out, the win­ery is open Mon­days to Fri­days from 9am till 5pm and on Satur­days from 10am till 1pm.

For more info go to www. bouchardfin­

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