This event sounds very exciting to me at least mostly because I don’t have much of a palate for South African wines. New World wines are not given good coverage in training and though can be great and get better always will not become established worldwide until I-dont-know-when.
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Other – Retail
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
One Ferry Building, Shop 23
San Francisco, CA
Join us Wednesday, September 9th, from 4:30-7:30pm, when we welcome Zelma Long, Winemaker for Vilafonte, and Rebecca Mahmoud of Broadbent Wines, Importers of Warwick Estate, to our Wine Bar. These two South African wineries are considered in the top echelon of wines coming out of this exciting wine producing country. For years South African wines were relatively unknown to much of the world due to the political climate, but now they have been discovered and are being heralded as world class. Come discover what all the buzz is about as these two charming women present the wines of Vilamonte and Warwick Estate.
Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint winemaking venture within the global wine community. They make two wines, the M, based on Merlot, and the C, based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Zelma Long is Head Winemaker for the Vilafonté project. Zelma is one of America’s best known winemakers with an enviable international reputation, and one of the first women to study enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis. Vilafonté’s General Manager is South African Michael Ratcliffe, while Phil Freese, who began at Robert Mondavi, is head ‘wine-grower’ and creator of the Vilafonté vineyard. The name, Vilafonté, derives from the primary soil type of the 100 acre estate, whose character forms the foundation of the wines.
Rebecca Mahmoud brings a wealth of experience in the wine business to the evening, representing the esteemed Broadbent Wine Portfolio, which includes the Warwick Estate Wines. Warwick Estate is owned by the Radcliffe family who first planted grapes there in the the 1960’s. The name comes from a prior owner of the farm, Colonel Alexander Gordon, who purchased it after the Anglo Boer war. Gordon was an officer in the Warwickshire regiment. Rebecca will be on hand to answer any and all questions about these highly respected wines.
We are sure you will love meeting these delightful women of the wine business while tasting through their wines from South Africa. Please join us and help welcome Zelma Long and Rebecca Mahmoud to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.
****AS A SPECIAL FEATURE ALL WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT!!!
The featured wines are served as two ounce glasses. If you find a favorite and would like a full glass just ask your bartender. These wines will be available for retail sale while supplies last…
The cost of the flight will be $22 and will include the following wines:
2008 Warwick Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa Retail $19.50, 5oz. glass $8.25
2004 Warwick 3 Cape Ladies, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Retail $19.50, 5oz. glass $8.25
2001 Warwick Estate Reserve, Stellenbosch, South Africa Retail $31.50, 5oz. glass $11.25
2004 Vilafonte M Series, Paarl, South Africa Retail $49, 5oz. glass $15.50
2004 Vilafonte C Series, Paarl, South Africa Retail $67, 5oz. glass $20