The Easter holidays now behind us we are seeing the long warm days of summer slowly coming to an end. The vineyards are now taking a break after the earlier than usual harvest this year and, which means, we are seeing a trickle of 2015 vintage wines already on our shelves.

This month Wine Concepts, Newlands recognises the versatile Chenin Blanc grape and our local variety, Pinotage, with a Celebration of over 40 wines at our Newlands store on Saturday 18th April between 11.00 and 14.00. See details below.

Our first Wine Concepts annual events for 2014 kicks off with our Burgundy Lover’s Festivals both in Cape Town and Johannesburg in May. See details below.

For our recipe this month Michael Olivier gives us his delicious baked spicy sausages with sweet potato. 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 for details on our daily tastings upcoming events in Johannesburg and Cape Town. We look forward to welcoming you back in one of our three stores soon!!

Whats up

Chenin Blanc and Pinotage Celebration – 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 nineteen top producers of these varieties who will present over 44 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.
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Wine Concepts Burgundy Lover’s Festivals – May 2015

Wine Concepts will be hosting their two Burgundy Lover’s Festivals on Friday 15th May 2015 in Cape Town at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands and on Thursday 28th May at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg.

For more information on each Festival please see details below:

Burgundy Lovers Festival – Cape Town – 15th May
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Burgundy Lovers Festival – Johannesburg – 28th May
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Wine Concepts – Blu Bird – Wine Dinner 6th May @ Bistro Michel
Our next Wine Dinner is on Wednesday 6 May with a great selection of wines chosen by International Sommelier, David Clarke. Expect wines from Trizanne Barnard, Julien Schaal, JH Meyer, Intellego and Restless River.
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Wine Concepts – Blu Bird’s 2nd Birthday Bash! Saturday 16th May 9-5
We will not have the usual Silly Saturday in May, BUT instead… join us in celebrating our second birthday in Johannesburg on Saturday 16 May.

Wine tasting, snacks, lucky draws and just general silliness all day long. Doors open from 9am till 5pm. Don’t miss out on great birthday giveaways and prices to celebrate about.

KGB UnWined Wine Appreciation Courses
Whether you are looking for a new hobby, the perfect present for a loved one or friend, or just hoping to literally “UnWined”, then this is the course for you.
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Vineyard Hotel – Tastes of 2015 – fine wine dinners
The Vineyard Hotel continues with their series of fine Wine Dinners for 2015. Friday 24th will focus on the Vineyard Hotels Five Winery Partners, Klein Constantia, Warwick, Simonsig, Meerlust and Waterford.
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Discover new wines in our stores

Newlands – Cape Town
Stellenzicht GT Sauvignon Blanc @ 2014 R66.00
Baleia Bay Inge Chardonnay 2014 @ R229.00
Hilton Rose Quartz Viognier 2014 @ R142.00
Corder Pinot Noir 2013 @ R142.00
Thelema Blanc de Blanc Brut 2011 @ R160.00

Kloof Street – Cape Town
Alphabetical Dirty Julie 2014 @ R89.50
Babylonstoren Rose 2015 @ R89.50
Glen Carlou Petit Verdot Tannat 2011 @ R227.50
Glenelly Grand Vin Red 2009 @ R149.50
Innis & Gunn Scottish Wood aged beers @ R45.00

Blu Bird – Gauteng
Badenhorst Papegaai White Blend 2014 @ R74
Testalonga El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2014 @ R249
Intellego Syrah 2012 @ R 145
Diemersdal Gruner Veltliner 2014 @100
Vierkoppen Pinotage 2011 @ R125

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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.

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