Last night the inaugural Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair. The venue 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town, part of Protea Hotels’ African Pride deluxe establishments and an official partner of the event. Also an official partner newspaper Cape Times. Who says old media is dead?
The concept is that exhibitors are there by exclusive invitation of wine entrepreneur Bales. Some 20 wineries exhibiting around 100 wines plus some 15 top-end distilleries. The whisky section was heaving, the wine section, while not exactly deserted, was far less populated. Why the seemingly perpetual primacy of the former over the latter?
Less mysterious (Arbelour 10 YO is Arbelour 10 Y0 is Arbelour 10YO whereas Vilafonté Series C 2010 is something different to the 2009 and again to the 2008), more bragging rights for longer (your high-rolling mates get the “badge value” of Glenfiddich 30 YO over Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2010 and it’s not going to be finished in a flash) and simply better value for money. Veuve Clicquot was available at R98 a glass or R950 a bottle at the event. Really?
Walk-around tastings are more about a fun night out than an opportunity to make any definitive judgements about a wine but even so, there was some seriously decent kit on display. The event is open again tonight and if you go, make sure you visit Dalla Cia Wines. The Bordeaux-style red blend Giorgio 2011, the first release since 2007, looks magnificent (price: R248 a bottle) while you’ll also be able to get a taste of Teano 2011. Based on the Super-Tuscan concept, it contains 30% Sangiovese plus Cab, Merlot and Petit Verdot and is set to sell at R790 a bottle.
The event runs from 18h00 to 21h00. All wines available for purchase via the Wade Bales Wine Society table. Tickets cost R180 a head and are available from Computicket.com