City Winery Chicago is thrilled to have four sommeliers on our wine team. Rebekah Mahru took a 10 day trip to South Africa and upon returning, led the South African Wine Tasting Party on September 29th, 2015. Mahru is lead sommelier at City Winery Chicago and assists the Beverage Director, Rachel Driver Speckan.
You may be wondering why South Africa of all places. According to Mahru, South Africa is “an up and coming wine region that doesn’t have an identity because they make everything.” Some regions are well known for certain wines but South Africa is not one of them. It wasn’t until around the 1990s that South Africa wines and wineries began to have some momentum. It was a slow process initially, but it’s been picking up in recent years.
On her trip, Mahru attended a wine convention and had the opportunity to meet with all of the winemakers and taste all of the wines that were featured at City Winery Chicago’s South African Wine Tasting Party. At the party, there were 3o attendees, and there were three wine stations that featured Catherine Marshall Wines: 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Chenin Blanc, 2012 Pinot Noir ,2012 Pinot Noir Reserve, 2011 Peter’s Vision Merlot, and Mahru’s personal favorite, 2009 sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay.
The South African Wine Tasting Party featured one of South Africa’s top importers, Blue Crane. They offered a great wine list that featured sparkling whites, reds, and more. It was a very casual, relaxing evening with great friends and great wine.
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