Speed dating for wine at the Taj

Speed dating for wine at the Taj

Speed dating for wine will arrive at the Taj in Cape Town where the best Shiraz and Chenin Blanc from the Paarl region will be shown at a tasting with a twist on Thursday November 8.
Each winning wine in the Santam Paarl Shiraz Chenin Challenge will be stationed with its winemaker who will pour, swirl, sniff, sip and discuss the wine with guests – until the sound of the gong at the ten-minute mark. At that point it’s time to move on and the process starts again; the guests’ colour-coded glasses dissuading thoughts of lingering.

Canapés will be served throughout and lucky draws will be held towards the end of the evening. Guests will be given the chance to vote for their own top ten in each of the categories.

This year’s winning wines in the Santam Paarl Challenge comprise a great variety of flavour, style and oaking regime; though shared between them, says Mellesat owner Stephen Richardson, is elegance and purity of fruit. Stephen’s Dekker’s Valley Shiraz is a top ten laureate – the overall category winner being KWV; while Windmeul once again took out the Chenin Blanc category.

The tasting will take place at the Taj Cape Town from 6.30pm to 10pm. Tickets are available for R180 at www.webtickets.co.za until November 3, this to include the tutored tasting, canapés and lucky draws for wines. For further information visit www.paarlwine.co.za, Facebook @Paarl-Wine or Twitter @paarlwineroute.

5 lucky readers can win double tickets to the Paarl Shiraz Chenin Challenge on Thursday November 8. Send your name and “Taj Wine Tasting” in the subject line in an e-mail to: win@48hours.co.za before 1pm on Friday November 2.