Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme Celebrates 10th Birthday

Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme Celebrates its Tenth Birthday at Elsenburg
21 July 2011
SOURCE: Department of Agriculture (Provincial Government of the Western Cape)

Last night (20 July 2011), the Western Cape – Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme celebrated its tenth birthday on a high note with the launch of a beautiful new book, “Bourgogne Western Cape: Vines and Life, Encounters and Sharing” by Florence Zito and Philippe Maupetit. The book reflects on ten years of co-operation, especially in the agricultural field, portraying a number of participating farmers, farmworkers and training institutions.

The Thuthukile Skweyiya Western Cape – Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme was named after South Africa’s former ambassador to France and UNESCO, who started it in 2001. Its main objective is to motivate young people to improve their social status through education and training, made possible through a common commitment by participants, professionals and politicians of these two regions.

Van Rensburg had only praise for the programme which “changed the lives of farm workers in South Africa. We have seen many examples of ordinary farm workers departing for France as part of the programme, only to return as highly motivated and ambitious workers who then progress rapidly on the career ladder”. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Programme also empowered new farmers through the Exchange Programme, “especially in terms of knowledge exchange and securing international market access for their new produce”.

Ms Sofia Otokoré, Second-Vice President to the Regional Council of Burgundy, congratulated everyone on “ten years of sharing, consolidarity and commitment. It was an investment in the participants and the professionals and innovation”. Ms Otokoré said this was a project she was extremely proud of and she is looking forward to another ten years.

A challenge was put to the local participants to learn French by Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport: “Language transcends nations.” Minister Meyer also conveyed Premier Helen Zille’s congratulations to everyone who had the perseverance, commitment and dedication to see this project grow from seed to fruit.
A Western Cape Burgundy Alumni programme was also called to life.

From left to right: Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport,
Ms Sofia Otokoré, Second-Vice President to the Regional Council of Burgundy,
Mr Joseph Plaatjies (participant and former farmworker of the Year) and Gerrit van Rensburg,
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Champagne Brunch at Telkom Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience

26 July 2011

Every year since August 1997, Michael Fridjhon has hosted a wine event that is at once breathtaking in its range and spectacular in its execution. Selecting a theme, he assembles the finest examples from extraordinary and unobtainable vintages to present at a Masterclass® tasting, followed by a gala dinner. Only the greatest international benchmark wines are tasted, only the most thoughtfully matched courses served. For the fewer than 200 guests who make this event an annual pilgrimage, there is nothing like it anywhere in the world.

The Sunday morning Louis Roederer Champagne Brunch will provide the perfect conclusion to this extraordinary weekend. Last year’s innovation – the inclusion of a special course to complement the service of Cristal – will again be a feature and includes Caspian Caviar and pan-fried Foie Gras. There will, in addition, be the usual offering of unlimited amounts of oysters from several different origins, sushi, truffled scrambled eggs and a degustation of prosciutto, a selection of cheeses, fruit and extraordinary desserts.

The Champagne selection – this year from Louis Roederer – is equally generous: from the specially paired service of Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 with canapés of Caspian Caviar and pan-fried Foie Gras to the endless supplies of Roederer Rosé 2005 and Brut Premier which accompany the brunch. This is a once-a-year occasion which offers a sense of another less rushed, less stressed and less restrained era to which we should all return – if only for a morning of perfect indulgence.

WineStyle has secured a limited number of Champagne Brunch slots for our online readers. A special offer of R1 725 (incl. VAT) per person is available for the first 10 guests who book by Friday 5th of August.

The Telkom Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience 2011
Louis Roederer Champagne Brunch 

Date: Sunday 28th August 2011
Venue: The Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, Corner of Oxford Road and Biermann Avenue, Rosebank
Time: Registration 10h00 for 10h30 sharp start until 13h30

For more information: 
OutSorceress Marketing
Telephone: 011 482 5936/5/4

A WineStyle special offer booking form is attached (click here to download): kindly complete and forward to Alex Mason-Gordon atalex@outsorceress.co.za or fax to 011 507 6027 no later than Friday, 5th August.

Record entries for Amorim MCC competition

Published: 26 Jul 11

The record number of entries received for this year’s Amorim MCC Competition reaffirmed the world’s largest supplier of natural cork products to continue its role as headline sponsor of this competition. Despite the decision by Ramsay Media to cease publication of Wine Magazine, which has been joint sponsor of the MCC Competition since 2002, Amorim will continue to sponsor this competition aimed at promoting the quality and variety of South Africa’s MCC category.

“Our relationship with Wine Magazine has undoubtedly contributed to the growing success of and interest in a competition committed to espousing the tremendous vision and skill of the country’s Méthode Cap Classique producers,” says Joaquim Sa, MD of Amorim SA. “The success of this collaboration was underscored by the 77 entries this year’s competition received, the largest field in its 10-year-old history.”

The results of the 10th Amorim MCC Competition will be announced on 18 August and published in the September and final issue of Wine.

“We will then, in conjunction with the MCC Association with whom this competition has a close association, begin planning next year’s judging, event and a possible partnership,” says Sa.

Allan Mullins, Cape Wine Master, chaired this year’s MCC Competition judging panel and said that the event had contributed to the growth in interest in MCC among producers as well as the public.

“Having judged on nine of the 10 competitions, the improvement in quality and winemaking skill has become evident year after year,” says Mullins. “Each year judges are contending with new styles, greater variety and seeing the results of some interesting and visionary winemaking. I am just very glad to see that this commitment in the vineyards and the cellars is complemented by consumer support for our great MCC wines. To see the category growing in sales is an added bonus for us who love this wine and are committed to seeing it take its rightful place among the great wines produced in the Cape.”