Wine show back in Bay

Board­walk to host 40 ex­hibitors of top-notch la­bels at third in­stal­ment in two weeks’ time

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY - Louise Lieben­berg

THE third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show is head­ing for Port El­iz­a­beth – and those who en­joy a fine vin­tage are cer­tainly in for a treat. The show will once again take place at the Board­walk in Sum­mer­strand, with Thurs­day and Fri­day Novem­ber 23 and 24 the dates to cir­cle on your cal­en­dar.

For a date night with a dif­fer­ence, why not book your tick­ets for an op­por­tu­nity to try out the very best picks from the Winelands – from scin­til­lat­ing bub­bly and crisp whites to the volup­tuous reds, Cape ports and fine brandies to be in­cluded in this year’s line-up.

About 40 ex­hibitors will par­tic­i­pate in the keenly an­tic­i­pated show, sev­eral of which have al­ready won top wine awards for 2017.

Past ex­hibitors of the show Blaauwk­lip­pen, Raka, Ken For­rester, Bon Courage, Olden­burg Vine­yards, Steen­berg Vine­yards and Von­del­ing will all be mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the show, while new­com­ers will in­clude Fleur du Cap, Rijk’s Cel­lar, Tokara, Valdo Pros­ecco, La Bri and Lomond.

“The 2017 FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show is the largest since its in­cep­tion in 2015, pre­sent­ing a range of more than 230 wines avail­able for tast­ing and pur­chase through lo­cal re­tailer Pre­stons Liquor Stores – just in time for sum­mer and the fes­tive sea­son,” the show’s di­rec­tor, Michael Frid­jhon, said.

“The ex­cit­ing range of ex­hibitors in­cludes at least 30% new­com­ers to the show – among them Tokara, which was judged the Old Mu­tual Tro­phy Wine Show Best Pro­ducer for 2017,” Frid­jhon added.

Wine lovers can plan their tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by vis­it­ing www.east­ern­ for the full list of ex­hibitors and wines in the lead-up to the show.

The Port El­iz­a­beth show is one of four such events spon­sored an­nu­ally by FNB Pri­vate Clients and FNB Pri­vate Wealth.

“The FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show has se­cured a spot on the Port El­iz­a­beth cal­en­dar as the most sought-af­ter wine-tast­ing event for the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” FNB Pri­vate Wealth South­ern and Eastern Cape divi­sional man­ager, Quentin Maritz, said. “Our strate­gic in­tent goes be­yond at­tract­ing wine lovers and clients with a sense of ad­ven­ture and ex­cep­tional wine tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, to sup­port­ing lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the province,” he said.

The Port El­iz­a­beth show wraps up the 2017 FNB re­gional wine show pro­gramme, and is di­rected by wine au­thor­ity Frid­jhon and pre­sented by OutSorcer­ess Mar­ket­ing.

It fol­lows the third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show held in East Lon­don in March, the eighth FNB Eastern Mpumalanga Wine Show in Nel­spruit in April and the fifth FNB Free State Wine Show in Bloem­fontein in Au­gust. Be­sides an op­por­tu­nity to taste su­perb wines in a re­laxed and so­phis­ti­cated set­ting, the show of­fers a not-to-be-missed op­por­tu­nity to shop for wine favourites at the Shop@Show stand, which will be fa­cil­i­tated by lo­cal re­tailer Pre­stons.

Catch the show at the Board­walk’s Tsit­sikamma Rooms from 6pm to 9pm on both days.

Tick­ets at R170 per per­son per night will in­clude un­lim­ited tast­ings, a glass and wine show guide.

Light meals will also be on sale in the wine hall for when the hunger pangs be­gin to hit.

Book­ings have al­ready opened and tick­ets may be pur­chased in any

of the fol­low­ing ways: ý At­ ý At Money Mar­ket coun­ters at Sho­prite Check­ers stores. ý At the door sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. The FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show pro­motes re­spon­si­ble drink­ing, and as such no per­sons un­der the age of 18 will be al­lowed into the venue.

The show of­fers a not-to-be-missed op­por­tu­nity to shop for wine favourites at the Shop@Show stand, which will be fa­cil­i­tated by Pre­stons

WON­DER OF WINE: Jane Fer­reira-Eedes from Von­del­ing, one of this year’s Eastern Cape Wine Show ex­hibitors

FRUITS OF THE VINE: Wine lovers will im­merse them­selves in one of the most an­tic­i­pated events on the lo­cal cal­en­dar when the FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show comes to town

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