Uncorked and Unplugged

Uncorked One – presented on 20 October 2018

Uncorked One is simply the best introduction to wine in Jozi. In just one day you will hear about and TASTE the key South African varietals (grapes used) and learn how not to feel like a tosser in a restaurant. You will also learn a whole lot of stuff about wine shopping, about coming face-to-face with a restaurant wine list and surviving and about storing wine in your linen cupboard. You’ll leave the course having learnt a hellava lot about wine and the world of wine.

Date: Saturday 20 October 2018 
Time: 10:00 for 10:30 start and a 16:00 finish
Venue: The Wine School at Houghton Place, 51 7th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
Cost: R1399.00 per person (includes lunch, refreshments, 9 wines for tasting, course booklet and some serious fun). 

To book mail me. 

Now add Uncorked Two at a 20% discount

The morning covers the Old World including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany while the afternoon covers Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. You’ll leave this course knowing exactly what a Bordeaux Blend is, why New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc is worth tasting and that the Aussies make better wine than rugby players.
Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 09:00 for 09:30 start and a 16:00 finish
Venue: The Wine School at Houghton Place, 51 7th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
Cost: R1599.00 per person (includes lunch, refreshments, 10 wines for tasting including 9 international wines, course booklet and more fun.) 

To book for Uncorked Two mail me. 

Book Uncorked One and Uncorked Two for the above dates and get a 20% discount. Instead of paying R2998 YOU PAY JUST R2399 for both. 

To get this astounding discount and book for both courses mail me here.
* all courses subject to a minimum of six delegates
* payment on booking is essential to secure your spot
* cancellation policy – cancellations over 5 days prior to the course will mean a full refund. Cancellation within 5 days prior will mean a 50% cancellation fee.

This September journey with us to the wonderful cool climate winery Oneiric. 

Thirsty Thursday is on Thursday 27 September. Join us for a cool climate taste journey with Oneiric wines.

Niels Verburg (Luddite) has been Oneiric’s winemaker since 2012. His elegant style is evident in all our wines, producing wines that are seamless, well structured, and beautifully balanced. His approach to winemaking is to farm conscientiously with minimum mechanization and to make wine’s that are as natural as possible, with little or no intervention.

‘It’s about knowing that when you buy a bottle of Oneiric, what’s inside is genuine and made with integrity.

Prepare for Cool Climate greatness.

Date: Thursday 27 September 2018
Venue: The Wine School, 51 7th Street, Houghton Estate
Time: 19:00 for 19:30 start
Cost: R385.00 per person

To book: email me

Thirsty Thursday with Clive Torr, 30 August 2018

Clive made his first wine in 1984 at Elsenburg.  In a blind tasting, it won 1st place.  This inspired him to study Oenology and start various tasting clubs “Varietal Characters” and Ten of the Best”.  Tasting became his passion, profession and hobby.

He obtained a wine judges certificate and his Cape Wine Masters in 1993 and has judged on every conceivable panel in South Africa since then.  He is an inspirational, highly entertaining wine educator and hand-crafts wines both in the Cape and in Burgundy.  He is also the former principal of the Cape Wine Academy.

He is currently chairman of the Garagiste Small Producers association. He lives in Somerset West on the smallest registered wine farm of 400 sqm. Here he makes 5800 bottles per year.

Details for August’s Thirsty Thursday.
Date: Thursday 30 August 2018
Venue: 51 7th Street
Houghton Estate
Time: 19:00 for 19:30
Cost: R385.00 pp
Book here

If you’ve dissed Chardonnay in the past – you’re missing out on one of our best varietals

I found this blog online written by an American blogger, Marissa A Ross and it really says it all …After running a savage smear campaign against California Chardonnay for most of my early twenties, I want to publicly say I am sorry. I am ashamed that I was a registered member of the ABC party (Anything But Chardonnay), and am embarrassed by my history of vicious varietal discrimination. Like most red-blooded 23-year-olds, I was rabidly opinionated and woefully uninformed. I knew nothing about wine except I loved Cabernet, and that all California Chardonnays tasted like butter, they were all “oaky”, and I hated them all. They were for country-clubbers who loved listening to Kenny G and having a glass with lunch. And no one could tell me I was wrong.

I was totally wrong.


Date: Thursday 24 May
Time: 19:00 for 19:30 start
Venue: Houghton Place, 51 7th Street, Houghton Estate
Cost: R385 pp

Includes a three-course dinner and the following wines for tasting.

MCC Brut 2009
2 styles of unwooded Chardonnay
Limestone Hill 2017 and Bon Vallon 2017
2 styles of wooded Chardonnay. The Site 2015 and Bateleur 2016.

Thibault 2010

Book your spot now

Thank you Wilderer for a ginerous night

Really great tasting with Wilderer Gin

The Gins and the Menu

Wilderer with Barker and Quin Tonic and lemon and fresh mint

with prawns done in pickled ginger and gin

Wilderer with Barker and Quin Tonic and pineapple and curry leaves

with a Thai pineapple chicken curry

Wilderer with Barker and Quin Tonic with mulberries and grapefruit

with a gin and grapefruit mousse http://www.ginvodka.org/cocktails/ginrecipes.asp