Gugs Wine Show – My New Favourite Thing to Do in Cape Town
Wine events are usually my favourite way to spend an evening, learning more about different varietals and vintages, speaking to passionate wine makers and meeting different people with interesting jobs and perspectives on life. The Gugulethu Festival was all of this and more, accompanied by a pumping bass line, occasional roars from the crowd as the soccer (being screened in the festival tent) went the way of its vocal supporters, we walked around sampling the different wines. Where wine shows are often rather staid and imminently respectable, Gugs put on a show that was loud, local and all kinds of fun. In addition to wine tasting, there was hair styling, photo booths, face-bejewelling and more sparkling wine than I’ve seen in a long time.
We tried a number of our usual favourites – Pongracz, Krone, JC Le Roux, Creation Wines and Groot Constantia. And added a couple of new favourites to the list including the amazing GSM by Kanu Wine Farm (a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend) and were reunited with our old favourite, the Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof. We also did the blind tasting at the Cape Wine Academy’s table and with a score of 50% (one right, and one wrong) we happily concluded that we’re still a long way from knowing our wines – more tasting needed!
After a couple of hours we walked over to the DSTV media tent where Siba Mtongana (celebrity cook on the Food Network), Pete Goffe-Wood and Benny Masekwameng (Masterchef SA Judges) along with the inimitable Mzoli himself were in attendance along with a host of local celebrities. But none of that counted for anything as the music was turned up and everybody hit the dance floor to tunes by top local acts. Throughout the evening a myriad of different people walked up to us to introduce themselves and thank us for being there. The openness and hospitality of the event organisers was matched at every turn by the welcoming people of Gugs who were proud to show off their neighbourhood.
The Gugulethu Wine Festival this year was a colourful mix of culture, wine, laughter and dancing and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go and be freshly reminded of the hope and progress that we are making in Cape Town.
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