Wines of South Africa (WoSA), together with the Cap Classique Producers Association, the Chenin Blanc Association, and the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective, will present a day of virtual tastings for North American members of the wine trade and media.
Attendees will be logging on from tasting centers and from home, with sommeliers and other members of the trade representing 11 cities across North America taking part. Don’t miss this chance to explore the cutting edge of three of South Africa’s most important wine categories.
The Focused Tasting Day is free for sommeliers and other members of the wine trade. Samples will be sent via San Francisco Wine School in advance of the tasting.
8:30-9:30am Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck will discuss the characteristics, quality, and growth of Cap Classique wines. Traditional method wines are celebrating their 50th anniversary in South Africa, and Cap Classique is the fastest growing category in the South African wine industry.
10:00-11:00am Lauren Buzzeo, managing editor and South African reviewer for Wine Enthusiast magazine, will lead a conversation with Ken Forrester and Adi Badenhorst about South African Chenin Blanc. Chenin has taken its place as South Africa’s flagbearer variety; the discussion will center on how the grape has adapted to varied South African terroirs to create quality wines in a range of styles.
11:30-12:30pm Sommelier Adam Knoerzer will lead a panel of Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective members in a discussion about Cabernet Sauvignon’s role as the district’s leading variety. Cabernet has demonstrated distinctive characteristics across Stellenbosch’s several wards and subregions, with high quality demonstrated throughout.
Must be a qualified member of trade or media. Application to attend does not guarantee approval.