August 2015 - Wine Concepts
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August 2015


The Cape really has weather rather than a climate and on many days you can experience all four seasons in one from bucketing rain at one moment to brilliant sunshine with the air fresh and crisp and polished by the rain.

And now the Cape is showing the first signs of spring. The oaks are pushing out their delicate green shoots, jasmine showing the first shy blooms and out on the winelands, the whole process of the vintage starts as the first buds appear on the vines after the recent pruning.

Early next month it’s time to taste seductive Sauvignons and we celebrate the 13th year of this exclusive Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Festival which takes place in Cape Town at The Vineyard Hotel in Claremont on Friday 4th September from 5.00pm till 8.00pm. For more details see below…

For our recipe this month Michael Olivier gives us his delicious Chicken in Cider.
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 upcoming events in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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


Whats up

Blu Bird – Exclusive Winemaker dinners
This month we are spoiled with two winemakers joining us for dinner and more to follow in September. James Downes from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin is joining us for dinner on Wednesday 19 August at Thomas Maxwell Bistro, Parkmore and Matthew Day, winemaker at historic Klein Constantia, will be joining us on Thursday 27 August for dinner at Bistro Michel.

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Seductive Sauvignon Festival – 4th September 2015

September is around the corner and that means it’s time for Wine Concepts to host its annual exclusive Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Festival which takes place in Cape Town at The Vineyard Hotel in Claremont on Friday 4th September from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

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Flavour Focus evening for August at Newlands
Our theme for our flavour focus this month is Foreign Wines and Spirits.

On the 21st August 4.00pm – 7.00pm we will have a range of products from Bottega, Hook and Lambert and Liquidity.

There is no charge so come and enjoy a glass or two before you buy a few bottles to take home with you.

Silly Saturday at Blu Bird – 12th September
Silly Saturday is again on 12 September when we will be tasting a vast selection of wines from Blackwater, Strandveld, Mont Du Toit, Vergenoegd and Ataraxia with Francis Krone. Join us any time from 10am till 4pm to taste fantastic wines, snack a little and learn as we go. Prices on these wines will be dropped just for the day and a few lucky buyers will be rewarded with spot prizes too.

Vineyard Hotel – Tastes of 2015 – fine wine dinners
The Vineyard Hotel continues with their series of fine Wine Dinners for 2015. Friday 28th August will focus on a selection of the 2015 SA Shiraz Challenge Winners.

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Discover new wines in our stores

Blu Bird – Gauteng
Alvi’s Drift Thornlands MCC @ R135
Koelfontein Chardonnay 2013 @ R125 (new vintage)
MR De Compostella 2013 @ R1376 (Best SA Bordeaux Blend winner)
Cirrus Syrah 2011 @ R260
Testalonga El Bandito Redemption Syrah @ R247

Kloof Street – Cape Town
Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2015 @ R56.50
Painted Wolf Peloton Blanc 2013 @ R99.50
Croyden Title Deed 2013 @ R49.50
Beau Belle Chapel Shiraz @ R136.50
Louis Cabernet 2009 @ R266.50

Newlands – Cape Town
Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsaut 2013 @ R90
Crystallum Cuvee Cinema Pinot 2014 @ R395
Arendsig Inspirational Batch Pinot 2014 @ R142
Bartho Eksteen Meester Sauvignon Blanc 2014 @ R151
Renosterwacht Chenin Blanc 2014 @ R146

Wine of the Week 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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