Winetasting 101 – Tick it off your bucket list

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Always wondered how to tell a sauvignon from a chenin, and a pinotage from a pinot noir? If upping your wine game has been on your bucket list since the first time you found out that a bouquet is more than a bunch of flowers, what better time than lock-down to make your cup overfloweth with wine knowledge!

Enter South AFRICA’s largest and most loved traveling wine show.

In response to COVID-19, the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, in partnership with South AFRICA’s top wine educator Cathy Marston, is delivering two accessible, fun, interactive online courses to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Andrew Douglas, Owner and Producer of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, Comments; “The Wine Show is all about giving our guests the chance to step into the South AFRICAN winelands and to experience the beautiful landscapes, drink in the rich aromas, and indulge in our globally celebrated wines.

“While we may not be able to do that through our national wine tour, we are excited to be able to bring the full enjoyment and appreciation of wine into homes across the country through two online courses as a COVID-19 limited offer.”

Cathy Marston, renowned for her wicked sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to wine, teaches the internationally recognised WSET levels 1 to 4 wine courses throughout AFRICA and beyond.

“Through ‘A Newbie’s Guide to Wine’ our aim is to offer all the tools you need to unlock the exciting but sometimes confusing world of wine. We will take you through the main ‘whats and whys’ of wine and pairing the right wine to the right food.

‘Local & Lekker – Focuses on SA Wine’ in a stand-alone session that will further enhance the beginner’s knowledge, looking at everything that matters in the South AFRICAN wine industry while filling in the history and wine legislation gaps,’

Cathy Marston

Both courses consist of four sessions, taking place from 18h00 to 18h45 every Tuesday and Thursday over two weeks.

The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show’s ‘A Newbie’s Guide to Wine’ presented by Cathy Marston uncorks on Tuesday, April 21 at 18h00, ending on Thursday, April 30.

The ‘Local & Lekker – Focus on SA Wine’ starts on Tuesday, May 12 and concludes Thursday, May 21.

Bookings on: www.wineshow.co.za/courses. Wines are not included, and wine tasting is optional.

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