With buying done and dusted, it was time to taste. The Tsogo Sun group shared some of the auction wines it purchased in a R3.7 million shopping spree at the Nederburg and Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild wine auctions last year at an intimate wine tasting event at the Sandton Sun’s chefs table.

Tsogo Sun took top honours the third consecutive year for wines purchased by a single bidder at the 2016 auctions. The wines are available at selected Tsogo Sun hotels and restaurants and for purchasing from Cafe Cru at Montecasino in Johannesburg via their off sales license.

The Auction Wine Tasting event in the vast kitchen at Sandton Sun introduced a selection of the wines to food and wine afi cionados and created awareness around the spectacular auction wines that Tsogo Sun has on offer.

The event paired wines handpicked and introduced by Group Sommelier Miguel Chan with a modern take on cheese and wine, courtesy of Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Mile executive chef Garth Shnier.

Some of the menu items included Fleur du Cap Unfi ltered Semillon 2009 paired with Pea and whipped feta espuma and buckwheat cracker shards; Nederburg Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Semillonpaired with Mascarpone and roasted asparagus panciott i, confi t plum tomatoes, and cured smoked pork neck; Almenkerk Chardonnay 2012 and Uitkyk Chardonnay 2009 paired with Smoked kwaito cheese and mushroom cheesecake and mushroom potage, among other great combinations .

At the Nederburg auction on September 16 and 17, Tsogo Sun bought 327 cases of wine for R1.08 million and representing 14.3% of the auction’s total sales, up from the previous year’s percentage of 10.4% of total sales. The CWG Auction saw Tsogo Sun spend a total of R2 616 800, representing 495 cases and a total of 2 970 bottles.

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes 90 hotels and 14 casino destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

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