I’m not sure if you’ve heard but there is a cracking Sauvignon Blanc festival happening at the end of the month. If you cast your minds back, well no you don’t have to, just click here and here and you’ll see what I said about the festival last year.
And look how happy I was:
Well as you can see it was a bloody awesome event. 40-odd of the best Sauvignon Blanc’s around, a lavish dinner, a walk around tasting accompanied by food prepared by the Cape’s top chefs. I’m really not sure what else you could want from a Friday and Saturday in February. And that was last year.
This year the Constantia Fresh Sauvignon Blanc Festival is stepping it up a notch by including Sauvignon Blanc based blends in the line-up. And chatting to Jorg Pfutzner – sommelier, hustler, superb taster and even better drinker – I heard that never before has a South African event had such a line up of top-end Bordeaux white blends. Are you excited yet? No?
“Château Laville Haut Brion, Château Haut Brion Blanc, Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Château Pape-Clement Blanc, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc and Chateau Mouton Rothschild Aile d´Argent alongside the top South African white blends, the names of which will only be revealed at the end of the tasting.”
Now I’ve got you.
Here is the rest of the program.
If you are not already trying to buy the last few remaining tickets to one of the events there is either something wrong with you or you are broke.
No wait, being broke is not an excuse. I’m sure you all have a spare Kidney, and I have a few contacts who will offer you a good price. And believe me it will be worth it. I did it last year, and my remaining kidney thanks me for it.
But that’s not all! Glomail eat your heart out.
I have been chatting to the organisers of the event and we have been able to setup a rather fun competition using twitter and any other blogging or social media platforms you see fit. It’s called Let’s Sauvignon Blog and it is going to happen during the walk around tasting on the Saturday.
This is how it’s going to work. From the time you arrive until six ‘o clock all you have to do is identify your three top wines and give accurate, entertaining and creative tasting notes using the hashtag #sauvignonblog.
Here’s an example: 1. 2009 Random Sauv blanc. Tighter than a duck’s arse with a herby freshness that’ll have Aquafresh begging for the recipe. #SauvignonBlog
Easy peasy. ! tweet per wine. Three wines. If you are not on twitter you can simply email your tasting note (125 characters long + #SauvignonBlog) to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it to twitter for you. Or you can post it to Constantia Fresh’s Facebook page here. If you feel the need to put your note on a blog that’s also fine, but you’ll still have to email or tweet the link.
At the end of the day I will take all the tasting notes and work out which wine has gained the prestigious Sauvignon Blog People’s Choice Award. From what I understand it is billed to be the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc award in the country.
But best of all, the person who I judge to have offered the best tasting note of the day will win a bottle of their top wine, and R200 worth of DV Chocolate, a R500 voucher for Societi Bistro and a night’s stay atWelgelegen Guest House. Not bad eh?
All you have to do is sort out your ticket, attend the event and get Sauvignon Blogging. All the details on the #Sauvignon Blog page
If you are in anyway worried about the price, do not be. Believe me when I say this event offers value for money. Your R400 ticket will offer you more wine than you can drink, more stylish, scrumptious and expertly paired food than you can wave a stick at, and all presented in an elegant manner that most food fand wine festivals can only have wet dreams of. Seriously, this is no hoi-polloi feeding frenzy. This is top-notch my friends. Top-notch.
If you feel like tweeting this competition please use this link as I have created a page especially for the event. You’l find all the basics right here.
Tickets to these events can be purchased through the cellar doors of the participating farms. Once these are sold out, kindly contact Jorg Pfutzner of Fine Wine Events on 072 467 5943 or email email@example.com