ANGLING, TROUT AND SAUVIGNON BLANC - that's the invitation from EikendalFor October events, scroll down.
It's called a Fish Out Feast, and takes place on Sunday November 8. Keen anglers and wine enthusiasts - and their families - are invited to Eikendal's dam for a final day of fly fishing before the season closes. Organiser Philip Meyer invites both experienced fishermen and amateurs to come and try their luck - he will offer tips - then go on to relish a long fish braai on the lawns, to live music and complimentary glass of the estates sauvignon blanc 2015.
Visitors must bring their own rods. They can take home their catch at a price of R110 a kg. The event costs R150 per head and R75 for children under 12. Fishing starts at 9am and lunch is at noon. The estate wines will be on sale.
Tickets are limited to 80 guests. Advance booking is essential. Contact the farm on 021 855 1422 or e-mail Lana Dippenaar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUBBLES GALORE - THE REAL MCCOY
This hugely popular annual sparkler is said to make the start of the festive season for many regulars. Wine Concepts 14th (can you believe) Finer Things in Life Champagane Fest takes place ,as usual, at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands on Friday, November 20 from 6 - 9pm.
The stars of the evening will be more than 30 cuvees for tasting, including names you expect like Taittinger, Ayala, Drapper, Laurent perrier, Montaudon and many more. Guests are invited to dress up in turn with the theme Fire and Ice and the best-dressed couple will enjoy a chauffeur-driven drive in a Rolls Royce to a prestigious wine estate for lunch.
Live music, entertainment, snacks are all on the menu, along with vintage cars and inspire ceramics to inspect at leisure.
The champagnes will be discounted in price for the evening. Lucky-draw ticket holders will take home champagne prizes. And the Vineyard is offering a discounted stay-over package for the evening, DBB at R2 590 for two.
Tickets for the event cost R400. Buy from Wine Concepts stores or online through www.webtickets.co.za or at the door.
“TASTE THE WINNERS
The entrants into this year's Veritas, SA's biggest wine competition, have been judged and results are imminent. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, and the celebratory dinner - already sold out - taking place at the Cape Town convention centre on October 9 is offering diners a special gastronomic experience, thanks to some of our top chefs.
Meanwhile there is space for every winelover to tasting some of the winning wines and brandies at the country-wide venues this month and continuing into November.
The Cape Town tasting takes place on 20 October from 17:00-20:00 at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. Tickets are priced at R160.00 per person.
In Johannesburg The Bill Gallagher Room, Sandton Convention Centre will be the venue on 27 October from 17:00-20:00 (R170.00 per person).
The Durban tasting will be presented at the Function Room, Deloittes Head Office in Umhlanga on 4 November from 17:00-20:00 (R120.00 per person).
Tickets for the Cape Town, Joburg and Durban tastings are available at Computicket from 1 October and include wine tasting, light snacks and a tasting of selected Qualité cheeses.
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Port Elizabeth residents can diarise 10 November, taking place at Elizabeth Place Conference Venue, Pickering Park, Pickering Street, Newton Park in PE from 18:00-19:30. Tickets are R120.00 per person, which includes a sit-down tasting and snacks. Contact Jacques van der Merwe on 083 406 3354 for bookings.
Kilzer's Kitchen will again play host for the Knysna events on 11 November (tasting and dinner – themed Culture meets Cuisine) and 12 November (tasting and Thai canapé menu – themed My Thai, your Tie). Tickets are available at R310.00 for 11 November (starting at 19:00) and R150.00 for 12 November (starting at 18:00). The dress code is black and white. For bookings, contact Jenny Kilzer on 044 382 0135/082 572 7986.
For more information, contact Anka du Toit at the Veritas office on: tel 021 863 1599, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. visit www.veritas.co.za
MONDAY TASTINGS AT THE VINEYARD HOTEL
It's a very pleasant way of finishing the first work day of the week. Free tastings of interesting wines from 6 - 7pm, with the winemaker or producer in attendance to answer questions.
Today, October 12, its the turn o f Stony Brook from Franschhoek , a small family farm which make top quality wines, including a great MCC and their Ghost Gum White is equally renowned.
On October 19, sip vintages from Gabrielskloof, a large Bot River farm that is making a great name for itself although new on the block.
Waterkloof Wines is the cellar occupying the final Monday, October 26, and this Helderberg cellar needs little introduction to wine lovers, - or to gourmets for that matter.
For more info, call 021 657 4500.