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POSTED 2017/12/13

Life’s a Cabernet at the Cape Times Wine Theatre!

Welcome to WINEderland where the stars are red, white and wild!

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 Cape Times 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.

Followers of wine.co.za’s zany Extreme Pairing video series with the so-called Crazy Frenchman, Jean-Vincent Ridon, will be delighted to know they can see Ridon in action on Saturday 16 December at 17h00. A French sommelier extraordinaire with a long history of winemaking, Ridon knows oodles about wine. But he doesn’t take himself, or his wine, too seriously. Rather, he blends his knowledge of wine with his off-beat sense of humour to offer a tantalising take on wine education.

Funny accents, jokes and skits that gently tickle the funny bone like a smooth Chardonnay on a summer’s day are all part and parcel of Ridon’s Extreme Pairing experience.

As part of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show’s Cape Town debut, Ridon will host a live Extreme Pairing session with wine.co.za. Here he will introduce visitors to the best food and wine combinations of the season in his usual inimitable style.

Delush proudly brings you a wine experience with a difference; this year Delush will be hosting a live wine talk in Winederland with chef Jonathan Moulden and influencer Fundi from ZiboneleFM.

Join their Delush theatre session 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, 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, chef Moulden 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.

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.

To experience these winederful sessions, visit the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show presented by Cape Times from 14 – 16 December at Sun Park, GrandWest.

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