Tragedy and devastation struck the Western Cape’s Southern Peninsular during the first week of this month with runaway fires that raged through Cape Point, Hout Bay and the wine region of Constantia. Scores of brave firefighters both on the ground and in the air bravely battled day and night to douse the fires never knowing when the unpredictable Cape winds would change direction. Tragically, one of South Africa’s top Helicopter Rescue pilots, Colonel Willem “Bees” Marais, died after his helicopter crash landed while attempting to douse fires at Cape Point Reserve.

The efforts of these brave men and women helped to save the lives and properties of the affected communities and farms from destruction. Reports from the vineyards in Constantia that most were relatively unscathed but at Cape Point Vineyards 10% of their vineyards were destroyed. Fortunately with the harvest being earlier this year most of the grapes were in cellar but several red varieties were and are still to be harvested. The winemakers and viticulturists will now determine whether the smoke from the fires will have tainted the last of the grapes still to be picked.

For our recipe this month Michael Olivier gives us his delicious Autumn Lamb Casserole. We have an interesting line up of new wines in our stores, along with excellent tastings from well-known and newer estates. Please visit our website for details on our daily tastings and upcoming events in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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

Whats up

Flavour Focus evenings for March at Newlands
Our theme for our flavour focus this month is Organically produced wines and decadent dessert wines.

On the 13th March from 4.00 – 7.00 we will have wines from Laibach, Joostenberg, Jordan, Newton Johnson and Arra

On the 27th March from 4.00 – 7.00 we will have wines from Waverley Hills, Reyneke, Groot Constantia and Avondale

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

Silly Saturday at Blu Bird – 11th April
Join us on Saturday 11th April for our Silly Saturday tasting. We will be offering magnificent local and international wines from the Great Domaines portfolio with an opportunity for you to win spot prizes from 10am till 4pm.

So diarise this date and have a glass of wine, a little snack while enjoying a lovely day with us. Everybody’s welcome and you can stay as long as you like to get the most out of it. We’ll have lucky draws and special prices throughout the day.

Celebrating Chenin Blanc and Pinotage – Newlands – 18th April
Wine Concepts Newlands will be showcasing a selection of wines from two of our favourite local varieties, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, at our first “Local is Lekker” Celebration! We have invited twenty top producers of these varieties who will present over 40 wines for tasting on the day. So come and join us on Saturday 18th April between 11.00 to 14.00 to taste some excellent wines which will also be offered at a special discounted price during the event. Along with this, Sushi Box will provide unique platters of Sushi to suit the wines and will be on sale during the course of the Celebration.

The Celebration will be held between the Sushi Box and our store in Newlands and the ticket cost for the wine tasting is R30 per person (includes glass and tasting) and tickets will be available from our store. For more info please call us on 021 671-9030

Discover new wines in our stores

Newlands – Cape Town
Slim Lady Sauvignon Blanc NV R54
Jordan “Inspector Péringuey” Chenin Blanc 2014 R107
Solara Organic Sauvignon Banc 2014 R80
Sutherland Rose 2014 R64
Spice Route Grenache 2013 R117

Kloof Street – Cape Town
Spotswood Durif 2012 R129.50
Glenelly Grand Vin 2009 R149.50
Restless River Cabernet 2011 R312.50
Leeuwenkuil Marsanne 2014 R111
Protea Rose 2014 R59.50

Blu Bird – Gauteng
Secateurs Rose 2014 R70
Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White 2014 R151
Nitida Pinot Noir 2013 R189
Leeuwenkuil Marsanne 2014 R111
Trizanne TSW Reserve Syrah 2011 R185

Wine of the Week and food pairings on

Visit 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.

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts – Newlands
We have free tastings at our Newlands Shop every day from 4pm till 7pm and on Saturdays from 11am till 2pm.

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts – Kloof Street
At our Kloof Street shop we have tastings Mondays to Friday from 4pm till 7pm and throughout Saturdays from 12pm till 3pm.

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts – Blu Bird
At our Blu Bird shop we have tastings Monday to Friday from 4pm till 7pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am till 2pm.

For tasting details visit our events page on

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