Yes, it is all coming together quite deliciously.
This week we defined the final touches to the Taste Theatre experience – thanks to Higgo Jacobs, who will be taking our Tuners on an exciting wine adventure from the familiar to the extraordinary, and to Andrea Foulkes of Dishfood and Social, who will be adding punchy flavours to every step of the way.
We have mapped it out… a choice to 2 experiences – a journey into white wine… and a journey into red wine… In each we start with the familiar, explore some variations, some interesting varietals, some blends, something old, something quite new and even off the charts. Definitely something to look forward to.
For those who don’t know Higgo, he is a very smart sommelier and knows a thing or two about wine and wine and food. So we are thrilled to have him lead our tuners in our taste theatre experience.
Hailing from Calitzdorp, Port wine capital of South Africa, Higgo was lured to the Cape by the beauty of the winelands, along with an ambition to become a lawyer. Although graduating from the University of Stellenbosch with a law degree in 2002, Higgo was constantly taking on wine roles with local vineyards, spending nine years on either side of the cellar door: first making wine, then marketing and exporting it. Relocating to the UK in 2007, he cut his teeth on the wines of the world, working with highly respected importer – Anthony Byrne Fine Wines and later managing award winning wine merchant – ‘Jeroboams’ Notting Hill branch in London. He certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and also holds a WSET Advanced Certificate (with distinction).
Higgo returned to SA in 2008 into the role of resident Sommelier at Steenberg Hotel, after which he started consulting in the industry and is now working with various establishments. Holder of a certificate of distinction in the Wine Magazine / Michael Fridjon Tasting academy, Higgo is senior judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC), and tastes for various local publications and competitions, some of which he chairs. He is also a founding member and current executive member for the South African Sommelier Association (SASA), Co-ordinator of Nederburg Auction selection tastings and Tasting Director for Top 100 SA Wines Challenge.
So, now that you know you are in such great hands, book those Taste Theatre tickets now.
Book through web tickets. Price is R300 which includes an admission ticket with a wine glass and tasting coupons and a Taste Theatre ticket.
You can also secure your Taste Theatre experience in one of our VIP packages – Wine Lover and Wine Enthusiast – by going to www.tuningthevineshop.co.za