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Sommeliers Selection heads to Joburg

Nov 1, 2016, Author: Hello Joburg

Set to be a load of fun – The Sommeliers Selection wine tasting is coming to Johannesburg for the first time this week with a tasting also scheduled for Pretoria. It is the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around those perfect for a restaurant wine list.

More than 100 wines were entered into the contest which was held in Cape Town earlier this year. Winning wines to be tasted at the Gauteng tastings come from more than 30 top South African wine estates and include Creation’s 2016 African Reserve Penguin Pinot Noir Rosé, Paul Cluver’s Close Encounter Riesling 2015 and the Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2013. Some beer will also be offered at the tasting.

The tastings will be taking place on:

  • Wednesday, November 2, at Priva Lounge, Ritrovo, 103 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria from 15.00 to 18.00
  • Thursday November 3 at Gallery MOMO, 52 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg from 16.00 – 20.00


Says Ann Ferreira, one of the organisers of The Sommeliers Selection: “It is different from any other local competition in that not only is it judged solely by sommeliers all associated to the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA), but in its judging format. Wines are entered not in classes such as Chardonnay and Bordeaux Blend but in categories such as ‘White, Fresh and Crunchy’ and ‘Red, Rich and Voluptuous’.


‘This means a wine that sells for R20 can stand alongside a wine that sells for R150 within the same category. The aim is to create an ‘ideal’ wine list as judged by the panel of sommeliers. The wines also pair well with food and are deemed exciting enough to fit an ‘ultimate’ wine list.”

Tickets cost R50 per person and are available through Webtickets or at the door.

This gives guests entry and free tastings of all the participating wineries.

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