Some important dates to diarise...

 

Trade & Public Tastings:

If you want to know what food pairs the best with wine, and what the country’s top sommeliers recommend, don’t miss the Sommeliers Selection wine tastings below!

Thursday 28 September – Johannesburg (Hyde Park Tsogo Sun)

Thursday 5 October - The Stack, Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tickets for the above events are available online from www.webtickets.co.za 

 

A Series of Tutored Tasting will be set up for the Media in Cape Town


The Sommeliers Selection 2017

The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers.

With the rapid and exciting growth of both the food and wine industry in South Africa over the last 20 years, consumers are looking for experienced guidance when it comes to selecting wine. This competition does just that.

With categories such as White: Fresh & Crunchy or Red: Voluptuous & Rich or Red: Elegant & Classy, wines of different varieties, blends, and pricing, but stylistically similar can stand alongside each other. The panel of Sommeliers then judges and chooses wines to match the various categories. The wines selected are also deemed exciting enough to fit and an “ultimate” wine list.

The Sommeliers Selection panel members blind taste individually, before discussing the wines and deciding if the wine fulfills the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection wine list.

At the annual feedback session with the winning list, the panel will discuss the entered wines, what they look for in a perfect wine list and which wines “wow”ed them as well as the  emphasis on the importance of judging wines for ideal pairing with food.   

The Sommeliers Selection Competition Chairman and current board member of The South African Sommeliers Association, Joakim Hansi Blackadder says:

Freshness, expression and elegance were attributes that stood out amongst this year’s winners at the Sommeliers Selection. The competition, now in its third year, has become one the most relevant and exciting competitions on the yearly calendar with its unique angle and approach. Lengthy and passionate discussions took place between the experienced sommeliers on the panel pertaining to the wines age worthiness, suitability to food, and the overall value for money. At the end, all wines awarded and selected for the wine list was ratified by one final re-tasting by the chair and the two heads of panel. The resulting selection of awarded wines are truly some of the best in the country, and something we can all proudly stand behind. Bravo!

Joakim Blackadder, a board member of The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA), chaired our 2017 Judging panel of Sommeliers. 

He was supported by members of SASA and BLACC, namely : 

  • Pearl Oliver 
  • Joseph Dafana 
  • Billet Magara
  • Barry Scholfield (Panel Chair)
  • Esmé Groenewald
  • Spencer Fondaumiere (Panel Chair)

Our Trainee Judges were:

  • Melusi Magodhi 
  • Minnie Mthombeni 

Various Trade and public tastings will be taking place in and around the country

Awards Ceremony & Chairman’s Feedback & Industry Tasting:

Thursday 27 July 2017 - 15h00 - 17h00 - Invite Only - Hofmeyr Hall - Church Street, Stellenbosch

Trade & Public Tastings:

Thursday 28 September – Johannesburg (Hyde Park Tsogo Sun)
Thursday 5 October – Cape Town
A Series of Tutored Tasting will be set up for the Media in Cape Town

For more information:
www.thesommeliersselection.co.za
info@thesommeliersselection.co.za
0842073820


2017 Sommeliers Selection judges

We are proud to announce that the following judges will be judging the 2017 Sommeliers Selection Wine Awards:

  • Pearl Oliver (Taj Cape Town)

  • Billet Magara (Oyster Box Hotel)

  • Joseph Dafana (La Colombe)

  • Esmé Groenewald

Sommelier, restaurateur, business owner and dog lover. There are few roles in the on trade Esmé has not worked. From high street restaurants, to fine dining destinations, coffee shops to pumping night clubs. With over fourteen years of experience she has seen it all and her consultation has become invaluable. CWA and WSET trained, she is still wrestling with her WSET Diploma.

  • Barry Schofield

Sommelier, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and amateur writer. From refineries in Scotland to oil rigs in Angola with multiple stops at renowned restaurants, bars and night clubs along the way. Barry has worked his way around the world before being domesticated by wine. Slowly chipping away at his WSET Diploma, he says, “Every day, I learn that wine is a inexhaustibly complex and intriguing topic”.

  • Joakim Blackadder

Joakim is of a rare breed who studied hospitality management directly out of school followed swiftly by sommellerie at the Restaurant Academy of Sweden and later finished off with a WSET Diploma. After first laying the foundation in European restaurants he soon found himself on African soil where he has built a highly awarded track record of successes, cementing his reputation as an authority in the wine industry.

Our associate judges are:

  • Melusi Magodhi (Ellerman House)
  • Minnie Mthombeni (Karibu restaurant)

 


SASA continues its support for The Sommeliers Selection


Established in 2014 with the aim of targeting the everyday wine drinker through new and ground-breaking ways, The Sommeliers Selection has once again secured the support of one the industry’s key role players. The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) has confirmed its support, for a third year in a row, and will continue to form part of the judging process for the competition.

SASA was started in 2010 when a group of like-minded individuals joined forces in the hope of forming an association which would aim to uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa. A non-profit organization, SASA’s goal is to offer its services to local and international Sommeliers, in being the contact and network portal for sommeliers based locally and abroad. In doing so they are able to provide training and mentorships which contribute to the ongoing development of professional standards of the highest level.

‘The judging and awards format of The Sommeliers Selection has been developed in order to be more aligned to consumer expectation and culinary reference, as too much emphasis is often placed on grape varieties in the South African wine industry. The Sommeliers Selection applies innovation in this respect of judging wines grouped together by style (for example fresh and fruity or rich and opulent) rather than by varietal, and by also taking price point into consideration. We believe these are factors that resonate more strongly with consumers,’ says SASA Chairman, Higgo Jacobs.

SASA’s support is the perfect fit for The Sommeliers Selection as it is a competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories molded around those of a ‘wine list’. The South African Sommeliers on the judging panel all have extensive local and international judging and work experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets and what the public is looking for in their drinking wines, or pairing wines with food is unparalleled.

Winning wines, referred to as ‘Listed Wines’, are listed on the sought-after Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list is distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants. All listed wines carry The Sommeliers Selection seal of approval, which is identified as a gold sticker and necktag. These eye-catching stickers and necktags will stand out on retail shelves, thereby guiding the everyday consumer with their wine purchases.

Entries are judged for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judging panel, look at the stylistic approach to wines, regionality and price points. All wines are tasted ‘blind’ by the panel.

This is a wine competition you don’t want to miss out on. If you haven’t entered you need to hurry as entries close on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, and judging will take place in early June. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 26 July where after the public will get an opportunity to taste the winning wines in Johannesburg (21 September) and Cape Town (5 October).

For more information on how to enter visit www.thesommeliersselection.co.za.


The Sommeliers Selection joins forces with BLACC

Wine is NOT a destination, but rather an awe-inspiring journey of discovery. It is subjective and personal … and very dynamic. And like everything else worth pursuing, the more one knows about wine, the better the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of it.

With this in mind, The Sommeliers Selection - a young, plugged-in organization targeting the everyday wine drinker through new and innovative ways, including a strong social and traditional media campaign, neck tags and bold stickers on every winning bottle - has decided to join forces with the prestigious Black Cellar Club (BLACC). Powered by Vula Afrika, BLACC is an organization that reaches out to emerging African wine enthusiasts.

BLACC Executive Members - Ian Manley - Luvo Ntezo - Joseph T Dafana - Aubrey Ngcungama - Pearl Oliver - Gregory Mutambe - Mercy Mwai LR

Having listened to and participated in many passionate discussions about wine and the wine industry with their colleagues in the South African hospitality sector, directors at Vula Afrika, Ian Manley and Aubrey Ngcungama, identified the need for an organization that could reach out to Africans who were interested in furthering their wine knowledge. And so BLACC came into being.

Gregory Mutambe, Chairman of BLACC, explains that the club is a very personal initiative. “Like my fellow board members, wine was not something I grew up with. My parents never drank wine at the dinner table. Yes, there was alcohol but certainly not wine. This is the case for most black Africans. With BLACC our aim is to change this scenario, to change perceptions around wine and to facilitate making wine and the knowledge thereof accessible to all South Africans by raising awareness about it.”

Incidentally, The Sommeliers Selection is also the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories moulded around those of a “wine list”.

Winning wines, referred to as “Listed Wines”, are listed on the sought-after Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list is distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants. All listed wines carry The Sommeliers Selection seal of approval, which is identified as a gold sticker and necktag. These eye-catching stickers and necktags will stand out on retail shelves, thereby guiding the everyday consumer with their wine purchases.

Entries are judged for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judging panel, look at the stylistic approach to wines, regionality and price points. All wines are tasted “blind” by the sommeliers.

The South African Sommeliers on the judging panel, who are also members of BLACC, all have extensive local and international judging and work experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets and what the public is looking for in their drinking wines, or pairing with food wines is unparalleled. In addition, each judge will be joined on the panel by an associate judge to gain valuable experience in judging wines.

Entries open on Monday, 3 April and the judging will take place in early June. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 26 July whereafter the public will get an opportunity to taste the winning wines in Johannesburg (21 September) and Cape Town (5 October).

Combining their expertise and passion this collaboration of ‘great wine minds’ will without a doubt take wine appreciation to the next level.


Post your photos and win!


Loving our Sommeliers Selection listed wines? Then enter our photo competition! Simply post a photo of yourself or your friends enjoying them (with their special branded Sommeliers Selection necktag) on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tag #SomSelect and stand a chance of winning six bottles of Sommeliers Selection listed wines at the end of each month!

Winners will be drawn at random and entries close on 31 January 2017. Terms and Conditions apply.

POST & WIN! SOMSELECT


Terms and conditions:

  • By entering the Competition, you agree to the Competition Terms and Conditions listed below.
  • The Competition is open to South African residents only, aged 18 years and older.
  • Closing date of competition is 31 January 2017.
  • Your Instagram profile settings must be PUBLIC and the eligible image or video must be tagged #SomSelect
  • Inappropriate, obscene, threatening, dangerous, or abusive content is not permitted, and those entries will be disqualified. No spam or unlawful content is permitted. All content must comply with Instagram terms of use.
  • The Competition is free of charge, and the entrant may submit an unlimited number of entries, as long as each entry is different and the amount and content does not qualify as “spam”.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
  • Prize is not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Prize will be delivered free of charge to one address within South Africa.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to the promotional use of your video and images across The Sommeliers Selection's social media and website channels

WIN with the Sommeliers Selection

Header facebookThe Sommeliers Selection is young, fun, plugged-in, and targets the everyday wine drinker, but we are still serious about wine!

Last year we received over 400 entries. These wines were then blind tasted and judged by sommeliers and the best, most dynamic wines available on the market was chosen for our 2015 list. When you buy a bottle of Sommeliers Selection winning wines you can be sure that it is of excellent quality and value, great with food and sold at the right price point.

Join us on our journey to explore the best wines in South Africa by following us on Facebook. Because we are so passionate about our wine, we have put together five mixed cases of Sommeliers Selection wines to give away.

To stand a chance of winning these wines for you and four of your friends, simply:

  • Go and “like” the Sommeliers Selection Facebook page
  • Tag your four friends in the competition post
  • Ask them to do the same to increase your chances of winning!
  • Comment on this post below to tell us that you have entered our competition so that we make sure we do not miss your entry!

But hurry up! Entries close on 18 February 2016.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Entries close on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 12h00.
  • Winners announced Thursday 18 February 2016 at 14h00.
  • Entrants should be older than 18 years.
  • The five cases of wine will be delivered to one address of your choice free of charge anywhere in South Africa. If you live in a remote part of South Africa your wine will be delivered to your closest Postnet branch.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

Win 4 tickets to the Wine Festival at The Taj on 1 October 2015


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Find all your favourite Sommeliers Selection wines at The Taj Cape Town on Thursday 1 October 2015!

To stand a chance of winning four tickets to the event, simply comment below by telling us which 2015 listed Sommeliers Selection wine is your favourite.

Click here for a complete list of 2015 Sommeliers Selection wines.

Also remember to "like" our Sommeliers Selection Facebook page!

Entries close on Friday 25 September 2015.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Tickets are valid for Thursday 1 October 2015 and exclude entry into the red/white wine tutored tasting events.
  • Flights and transport not included in prize.
  • Entries close on Friday 25 September at 12h00.
  • Entrants should be older than 18 years
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into

Sample the Sommeliers Selection at The Taj


1 October 2015

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Don’t miss out on sampling the listed wines of this year’s funkiest and most innovative wine competition yet. The Sommeliers Selection is young, fun, plugged-in, and targets the everyday wine drinker through new and inventive ways. In a nutshell the competition is fresh, new and different, yet still serious about wine, guaranteeing the highest standard of wines selected.

After an intensive judging process (and tasting) by the panel of esteemed South African Sommeliers the wines were selected for this ‘one of a kind’ wine list, and they can’t wait to share their favorites with you. The Reserve at The Taj Hotel in Cape Town, in conjunction with First Thursdays – a global trend fast growing in popularity, whereby likeminded people explore art galleries and cultural events on the first Thursday of every month - will play host to the Sommeliers Selection Listed Wines on Thursday, 1 October. Join fellow wine enthusiasts as you sip, sample and savour a selection of the listed wines. Doors open at 5pm and tickets cost R150 per person, which includes entry and tastings of the wines on show.

For that ultimate wine tasting experience a representative from the South African Sommeliers Association will host a White Wine Tasting at 5:30pm and a Red Wine Tasting at 7:30pm, on the day. Limited to 40 people per tasting to ensure absolute exclusivity guests will not only get to sample some of South Africa’s finest wines presented by an internationally recognized sommelier, but will also receive the six wines tasted as a gift to take home. The cost for the White Wine Tasting is R650 per person, and the cost for the Red Wine Tasting is R880 per person. Both tastings include entry to the showcase as well.

Make the most of the evening and use the opportunity to relax and unwind, but not forgetting the wine sales and show specials on offer. To avoid disappointment pre-book your seat for both the tutored tasting and showcase through www.webtickets.co.za


Taste over 25 wines specially selected by the SA Sommeliers Selection


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Access your 50% discount voucher below, print out and bring along this Friday to receive discount on your ticket entry price!

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The following wines will be available for tasting:

Avondale
Cyclus 2012

Bon Courage
Inkara Shiraz 2013
Jacques Brueré Blanc de blancs 2009

Bonnievale Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2014

Bouchard Finlayson
Missionvale Chardonnay 2013
Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir 2012

Dalla Cia Wine & Spirit Company
Giorgio 2012

De Grendel Wines
Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2014
Viognier 2014
Merlot 2013
Rubáiyat 2012

Domaine Grier - France
Chardonnay 2014
Rosé 2014

Glen Carlou
Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2013
Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Graham Beck Wines
Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Gorgeous Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2015
Cuvée Clive 2009
Brut Rosé NV

Grande Provence Wine Estate
Chardonnay 2013

La Bri Estate
Chardonnay 2014
Affinity 2013

La Motte
Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Chardonnay 2013

La Vierge Wines
Anthelia Shiraz 2011

Nederburg Wines
Heritage Heroes The Young Airhawk 2013
Heritage Heroes The Anchorman 2013
Winemaker’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2013
Winemaker’s Reserve Riesling 2014
Ingenuity Red 2012

Ormonde
Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Paul Cluver Estate
Noble Late Harvest 2014
Chardonnay 2014
Pinot Noir 2013

Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Mountain Red 2012

Villiera Wines
Tradition Brut NV
Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Yardstick Wines
Marvelous Red 2013
Chardonnay 2013


THE SOMMELIERS SELECTION

2016 Entries now open!

Welcome to the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s Top Sommeliers, in categories moulded around that of a “wine list”

What makes us different….?

Welcome to the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s Top Sommeliers, in categories moulded around that of a “wine list”

What makes us different….?

The Sommeliers Selection is young, fun, plugged-in, and targeting the everyday wine drinker through new and innovative ways, including a strong social & traditional media campaign, clever posters that engage the public at all wine retail outlets, neck tags and bold stickers on every winning bottle.

Although The Sommeliers Selection is fresh, new, and different we are serious about wine and guarantee the highest standard of audited judging criteria is applied.

Categories include amongst others, house wines, fresh crunchy whites, voluptuous rich reds, stickys, a beer category, ciders and international wines.

Within each category, the judges award a Wine By the Glass Trophy, which looks for the best, most dynamic wines available on the market.

Entries are judged for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judges look at stylistic approach to wines, regionality and price points. All wines are blind tasted by the sommeliers. We welcome a diversity of vintages in every category.

The South African Sommeliers on the panel all have extensive local and international judging, and work, experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets and what the public are looking for in their drinking wines, or pairing it with food is unparalleled.

We are excited to announce our array of impressive partners including the South African Sommeliers Association, Distinctive Brands in association with Spiegelau, The Twelve Apostles, Joostenberg Deli & Bistro, Brooklyn Mall and the newly launched Port2Port Online Purveyors of Fine Wine.

Results for the 2015 Sommeliers Selection list have been announced. Please have a look at our winners here

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some of our winning wines from 2015. Our next tasting event will take place at The Taj in Cape Town on Thursday 1 October. Doors open at 5pm and tickets cost R150 per person, which includes entry and tastings of the wines on show. In addition, we will also be hosting special tutored tastings for 40 people each, which will include a White Wine tasting at 17h30 for R650 per person and a Red Wine Tasting at 19h30 for R800 per person. Tutored tasting tickets also include an entrance ticket to the Sommeliers Tasting event at the Taj as well. For more information please visit our “Events & Tastings” page.