A Good Chardonnay with Fish & Chips, celebrated sommelier Esmé Groenewald’s favourite pairing…

Celebrated sommelier Esmé Groenewald

Ask celebrated sommelier Esmé Groenewald about her favourite food and wine pairing and she’ll tell you it’s a Chardonnay paired with fish and chips.

For Esmé Groenewald – a board member at the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) and co-owner of Somm Hospitality South African Sommeliers Association– wine shouldn’t be intimidating and food and wine should enhance each other.

Esmé Groenewald was one of this year’s judges for the highly anticipated Sommeliers Selection competition, the only local contest judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s best sommeliers, in categories fashioned around the perfect varietals for a restaurant’s ideal wine menu. Wines of different varieties, blends and pricing, but stylistically similar, stand alongside each other.

Peter Falke Wines Méthode Cap Classique 2013

This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top estates were entered into the contest, with the winning wines, beers and gins coming from more than 60 farms with stand-out wines including the Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2018, Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014, Idiom Bordeaux Blend 2015, Villiera Wines Tradition Brut NV, Peter Falke Wines Méthode Cap Classique 2013 and, in the craft beer category, the Cape Brewing Company’s Mandarina Bavaria IPA.

Sommeliers at work

These – and many more – can be sampled at the Sommelier Selection 2019 tasting evenings being held this month in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

The Sommeliers Selection tastings take place this month at the following venues:

JOHANNESBURG
Venue: Pool Deck, Tsogo Sun Hyde Park
Date: Wednesday, 16 October
Times: 16:00-18:00 – trade only
18:00 – public admitted
21:00 – doors close
Tickets: R100pp or R175 for two (no persons under 18 permitted)
Book: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1494162960

DURBAN
Venue: The Beverly Hills Hotel, uMhlanga
Date: Thursday, 31 October
Times: 16:00-18:00 – trade only
18:00 – public admitted
21:00 – doors close
Tickets: R100pp or R175 for two (no persons under 18 permitted)
Book: https://www.webtickets.co.za/performance.aspx?itemid=1494163066

WESTERN CAPE
Venue: Roca Restaurant, Franschhoek
Date: Wednesday, 9 October
Times: 11.00-11h30 – trade only
11h30 – public admitted
13h00 – doors close
Tickets: R100pp or R175 for two (no persons under 18 permitted)
Book: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1494162960

For more information visit www.thesommeliersselection.co.za

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