Archive for September 2011

The popular Alto Red & Black Wine Lounge Parties

September 28, 2011

The popular Alto Red & Black Wine Lounge Parties concept is the brainchild of Cape Legends Wine Marketing team.

The exclusive and immensely popular Alto Red and Black Lounge Parties concept was initially created to introduce Alto iconic wines to Movers and Shakers in 3 South African cities, namely Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

By invitation only, each Alto Red & Black Lounge Party is an evening to remember with only 25 couples personally invited and treated to an Alto-evening to remember. Each party is held at a 5-star venue with opulent red, black and gold decor, delicious 5-star cuisine, and celebrated with live jazz bands and prominent local DJs. Guests come eloquently dressed to theme in red and black. Each dinner course is selected with the perfect Alto wine to enhance the dining experience.

At each party venue, the banquet dinner setting and ambiance is symbolic of the iconic status of Alto wines and the Alto Estate. In Johannesburg, the impressive Randlords venue was chosen for its beautiful setting and skyline, and in Durban, it was the royal of all hotels, the iconic Oyster Box Hotel, and in Cape Town, the dinner is to be just as opulent and held at the majestic Alto Wine Estate cellar, where in its eight decade history only four winemakers have been responsible for crafting its award-winning wines.

Says Gwen Job, Brand Manager at Alto Wine: “This first year was to introduce Alto wines to the early adopters, the influencers within the 3 cities to see how they enjoyed the fabulousness of our wines. Next year, we are opening up the concept to the public.”

Alto is the oldest red wine estate in South Africa and is well known for its impressive collection of classically-styled reds and which have won the Alto Estate more than 70 gold medals in open competition with the best wines in the world.

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Tips on hosting a wine tasting party at home

September 22, 2011

A wine tasting party can be a classy gathering between friends or co-workers. Here’s how to host a wine tasting event:

1. Choose the wines. A wine tasting can involve many different wines, or be centered around a theme. You could serve wines from a particular region or country, or focus on white or red wines. Another theme choice is several different wines from the same winery. Choose the highest quality wines you can afford to make your evening a success. You can also compare several wines at widely varying price points to see if you can tell the difference. Plan to serve around 4 to 6 different bottles of wine, and make sure that you have enough of each for all of your guests. One bottle is enough for about 12 people during a wine tasting.
2. Serve appropriate food. A classy evening with wine calls for hors d’oeuvres like cheese and crackers, and small chocolates for dessert. Alternatively, you can hold the wine tasting following a full dinner. Do your research to ensure that you are pairing the chosen wines with an appropriate food selection. Plain bread and water should be served between wines to cleanse the palate.
3. Design a tasting card. The cards you provide for each guest should specify the type of wine, the vineyard, the year, and a short description of the wine, with space for each guest to record their thoughts. To keep it a bit more casual, you could simply provide guests with paper and pens to write their notes. Decide ahead of time whether you want to do a “blind tasting” or provide information about each wine before it is served.
4. Set the ambience. Use low lighting or candlelight, play soft music, and try to minimize distractions such as small children or television. Decorations can range from a white table cloth and flowers to a Tuscan theme with vintage bottles scattered around the room. Try to minimize scents in the room, which interfere with your ability to taste the subtle nuances of wine.
5. Serve the wines. Serve each wine one at a time, so that you are sure to notice the subtle differences between each wine. Typically, you should work your way from dry to sweet with white wines, and light to full-bodied with red wines. Serve 50 -60ml of wine per person for each bottle you have selected. White wine should be served between 10 and 12 °C, and reds between 15 and 18 °C. A wine tasting event is a great way to get together with fellow wine enthusiasts or those who don’t know much about comparing different wines. The atmosphere offers opportunity for sharing opinions, shaping your perception of each wine.

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Alto- Helderberg Hike and Rib braai

September 15, 2011

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 1971 – One of the oldest wines at the Nederburg Auction

September 6, 2011

Twelve bottles of 1971 Alto Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the oldest wines at this year’s Nederburg Auction. These wines will be auctioned in the Private Collection category. An exquisite wine matured in ideal conditions and made by winemaker Piet du Toit, it’s a tribute to the contribution he has made to South African wine.

Apart from these Alto wines, Cape Legends has an interesting and varied selection of wines that will come under the hammer of Bonham’s Anthony Barne MW at the Nederburg Auction on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 at Nederburg in Paarl.

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