May has arrived and along with it winter, and the welcome rains that go with it for us in the Cape! But that means lovely wholesome stews and great reds around a warm fire. The first wines – whites of course – of the 2013 vintage are edging their way onto our shelves and are looking very exciting. Mainly crisp fresh Sauvignon Blancs which are showing so much character. We invite you to come in and trawl through our shelves to see what’s in store.

The reds are of course resting in their oak barrels and some are currently undergoing malo-lactic fermentation during which time the sharper malic [apple fruit acids] are broken down into the softer lactic [milk] acids. Sometimes this fermentation is started and encouraged by winemakers and at other cellars it starts spontaneously.

Now in its third year we will again be hosting our popular Burgundy Lover’s Festivalwhich will be held at The Vineyard Hotel and Spa on Friday 31st May from 5 – 8pm

This month we have a lovely recipe from Michael Olivier, delicious wine and food dinners, great competitions and excellent tastings from well known and newer estates.

We look forward to welcoming you back in one of our three stores soon!!

What’s Up

We congratulate Tawanda Marume of Wine Concepts on Kloof 
Wine Concepts on Kloof is proud to announce that their shop manager since 2010, Tawanda Marume, was recently granted a bursary from the Institute of Cape Wine Masters towards the Cape Wine Masters study program for 2013.

Crush! online

This is only the second year that the Institute has been able to grant a bursary which includes assistance with some of the international tastings.

Well done Tawanda and Good Luck!

More about our festival and other events…

New Arrivals 

Morgenster White Blend 2012 @ R 156.50
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 @ R 141.00
Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2011 @ R 192.00
Almenkerk Lace Rose 2012 @ R 93.00
Savage Red Blend 2011 @ R 185.00
Savage White Blend 2012 @ R 185.00

Looking for Great value!
Muratie Melcks Red 2012 @ R 58.00
Four Fields Chardonnay 2008 @ R 40.50
Four Fields Red Blend 2008 @ R 40.50
Usana Sauvignon Blanc 2011 @ R45.00

Enter our monthly Competition 

By purchasing any of the Glen Carlou wines in our Newlands store you can enter our competition, giving you the chance to win a magnificent prize comprising of a wine tasting and lunch at Glen Carlou for yourself and your partner. Click here for more information

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts

Newlands
We have free tastings at our Newlands Shop every day from 4pm till 6pm and on Saturdays from 11am till 2pm.

Kloof Street
At our Kloof Street shop we have tastings Tuesdays to Friday from 4pm till 6pm and on Saturdays from 11am till 2pm.

For tasting details visit our events page on www.wineconcepts.co.za

Flavour Focus at Wine Concepts Newlands – 17th May 2013

Our theme for our flavour focus this month is wines made from the traditional Burgundy grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Amongst the wineries attending will be Lothian, Ataraxia, Vrede en Lust, Eikendal, Bouchard Finlayson and more.

There is no charge so come and enjoy a glass or two before you buy at our discounted rates for one night only!!

Crush Cellar

The popular on line Lifestyle magazine, Crush, is well worth a visit and especially to read about our wine selection in each issue under the heading, Crush Cellar. Each issue features six lovely wines usually selected with a theme in mind. There is also the opportunity to buy these fine wines as well as enter the competition to win the selection! Visitwww.crushmag-online.com

Wine of the Week and food pairings on www.iafrica.com

Visit www.iafrica.com where Mike of Wine Concepts writes about a wine that he has enjoyed or discovered recently. Click here to read about this week’s choice. Enjoy reading through previous articles by visiting our website. Well known iafrica’s resident chef Henrie Geyser’s delicious weekly recipes are paired with a fine wine recommended by Mike. Visitwww.iafrica.com for this week’s recipe and wine match.

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