I think the whisky and wine world has too many festivals, too many competitions. There is a lack of focus, of quality, too much razzmatazz and too little substance. The informed consumer needs to choose wisely. The informed consumer, such as readers of this blog;) can also win tickets (end of this post) to what I think is the best “new kid on the block” – what we knew as the Wade Bales Wine and Malt Whisky affair is now the KAYA Wine & Malt Whisky Affair 2013, brought to you by Old Mutual and presented by the Wade Bales Wine Society.
Venue : The Firs Shopping Complex, Rosebank JHB
Date : 30th & 31st May 2013
Time : 06.00 – to 09.00pm
Tickets are R150.00 and are available through Computicket.
This includes ALL wine and whisky tasting, complimentary glass, selection of artisanal breads, meats and cheese. No tickets, no books. Of course, drink responsibly and don’t drive home.
What makes a festival for me is the quality or rarity of the whiskies or wines and the knowledge behind the stands. If I go to a festival I want to try things I have not tried before and chat with people behind the stands who have two things: passion and knowledge.
I am not going to queue and fight hordes of people for a dram of what I have every day. Or what I can have at my local. Or at home. I want something different. Or to learn something new.
Some if the distilleries and expressions on offer at the show are the Laphroaig 18, Ardmore; from Whyte & Mackay the Jura Prophecy, Dalmore 18; from Glenfiddich the 15 y/o Distillery Edition and 19 y/o Age of Discovery; the classic Highland Park 12 and “Best whisky in an Irish Coffee” The Macallan 12; The Balvenie Tun 1401 & 21 y/o; Diageo’s Classic Malts Lagavulin & Talisker; Professor Whisky, Hector Mc Beth is in Japanese mode with Nikka, Yoichi & Miyagikyo; The Glenlivet is there with the 16 & 18; The dependable Glenmorangie range is there, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain (now owned by Distell) with the non chill filtered range and Glen Grant, with The Major’s Reserve (Italy’s favourite) up to the 16.
Among the wineries are Mulderbosch; Rustenberg; Ernie Els Wines and Delaire-Graff Estate. The focus is on two of the flagship wines from each estate.
Now, for the tickets – I have 2 double sets of tickets per night to give away to anyone who answers this question: What Scottish distillery has just been bought by a South African Company?
Answers in tweet form to @bernardgwhisky with hashtag #kayawineandwhisky
Or – post the answer on www.facebook.com/waterfrontwhisky
Hint – check your spelling;)
@bernardgwhisky #kayawineandwhisky ANSWER
Of course, only available to those 18 and over.