Bubbly and Wilhelm’s Wine Wisdom

There’s something special about listening to a winemaker talk about wine. Part scientist part artist you get facts mixed with imagination. Last night Hermanus wine enthusiasts had a chance to hear Wilhelm Pienaar talk about Méthode Cap Classique. As the winemaker at Hermanuspietersfontein he acquired a wealth of wine knowledge over the years – from his dad, his studies both in South Africa and abroad and his many years of hands-on experience. He presented the bubbly tasting at the monthly Wine Village Wine Club get together. As a great fan I was surprised by how much I had yet to learn. The following Méthode Cap Classiques were tasted:

  • Colmant Brut Rose Non Vintage (NV)
  • Steenberg Brut Pinot Noir 2016
  • Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2016
  • Tanzanite Brut NV
  • Hermanuspietersfontein Maria Elizabeth 2015
  • L’Omari s Blanc de Blanc 2012

All these bubblies were served with a matching biscuit baked by Wine Village Sommelier Jaco.

Wilhelm added to the entertaining educational by sharing some of his wine wisdoms. I remembered the following:

  • Love what’s in the glass. It was poured for a reason.
  • Wine is about the occasion.
  • Horses for causes is the name of the wine game.
  • First attractions matter. Also with wine.
  • The magic must happen on the palate.
  • Wine is always a catalyst for conversation.

And with that another enjoyable evening was had tasting wine and meeting friends. Thanks to Wine Village for getting us together.

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