Fine Brandy Fusion is considered the premier showcase of South Africa’s world-class brandies, providing all lovers of the good life with an opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities; learn from esteemed brandy masters; and taste their chart-topping creations. The event will be taking place on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, at the Sandton Convention Centre.
“We are very excited about this year’s programme,” says SA Brandy Foundation director Christelle Reade-Jahn. “Brandy is made around the world, but South African quality is a recognised champion in this arena. In fact, this year Fine Brandy Fusion showcases International Wine & Spirit Challenge (IWSC) winners of the World’s Best Brandy title of the past 20 years and almost all are South African.
“If you enjoy a good time, appreciate quality brandy or want to know more about it, then you simply can’t afford to miss the occasion,” adds Reade-Jahn.
Through a series of master classes, attendees will be able to learn first-hand about the art of blending and the building blocks that make an award-winning brandy. Take your brandy appreciation to a whole new level when you discover how to identify and savour the delectable natural aromas prevalent in the spirit, and have the opportunity to experience them too. Interact with makers of small batch brandies and taste brandies from off the beaten track that are only available at the show. The road to greatness has been ages in the making – much like brandy that develops as it matures over time.
If you’re new to brandy, this is an ideal opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of the spirit since it was first distilled on board a Dutch ship in Cape Town harbour in 1672. Displaying how craftsmanship extends to the barrel in which the liquid is required to rest for years, a cooper from Stellenbosch’s Van Ryn’s brandy distillery – the only active cooperage in Africa – will give a series of live demonstrations.
To ensure that you arrive home safely, there will be various transport services available, spearheaded by UBER. Breathalysers will be available for peace of mind and to ensure responsible enjoyment. No-one under 18 years will be permitted entrance to the event.
* The event will kick off at 5.30pm and is expected to last until 9.30pm.
Cost: R195 for entry, which includes a crystal brandy snifter, a booklet with 15 brandy taster coupons, three cocktail coupons, and two coffee coupons.
Tickets are available from Computicket, or at the door.
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