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
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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

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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


A tantalising gourmet GIN dinner with Wilderer

On 29 March 2018, you’re invited to an exciting dinner with Wilderer.

The gorgeous guys at Wilderer Gin have offered to send me a bottle of their artisanal product for me to test some dishes. Every course will have something GIN added to it. Expect a delicious pairing dinner. Think GIN gels and jellies, GIN poaching and more.

Date: Thursday 29 March 2018
Time: 19:00 for 19:30
Venue: Houghton Place, 51 7th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
Cost: R385 pp
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First course of the new year in just one month

Join us for a royal tasting for the first Thirsty Thursday of 2018 with

BAYEDE! translated from Zulu means ‘Hail the King!’ and to unite the nations.

BAYEDE! is a powerful Royal job creation enterprise, endorsed by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.

In honour of the 60th birthday of HM King Goodwill a new range of wines was developed called BAYEDE!
Thirsty Thursday includes a dinner and with 6 or 7 wines for tasting.
Date: Thursday 22 February 2018
Time: 19:00
Cost: R385 per person