Much like rocking would be boring without rolling and meeting would be rather awkward without greeting, there’s just something special about wining and dining. Whether you wine first and dine later or mix it up into one big cluster of contentment, enjoy a wine tasting tour and lunch at Mzolis for R299 with Adventure Cape Town and today’s Groupon.
If you’ve felt left out when the well-cultured guy at the party sprouts a monologue about his wine-tasting weekend and how oaky the wine’s bouquet is, then today’s Groupon is for you. If you’ve never had a wine-tasting experience, it’s not as simple as sipping furiously on a couple of glasses and talking about how incredibly grapey it is. A typical wine tasting or just tasting involves five steps – namely, tasting, colour, swirl, smell and savour. Through these five steps and a visit to two of Cape Town’s beautiful wine farms, you’ll be able to identify the characteristics of a good glass of vino and change your dinner party status from tasting amateur to chardonnay connoisseur.
To add the much-needed dining to your wining schedule, appease your appetite with a trip to the much-desired decks of Mzolis. Frequented by everyone from local celebrities to international visitors and finicky foodies, Mzolis restaurant and butchery is a hubbub of activity. Where meat meets merry-making, this trendy tourist attraction and social hot spot in Guguletu serves the meanest meat in Cape Town. Bask in the sun and social hub that is their deck and wait as they braai up a lunch of beef, lamb and Boerewors that’s served with traditional pap, spicy salsa and a bean salad.
Now that you’ve grappled with grape politics and eaten at a truly South African eatery, you can finally become the cultural connoisseur you’ve always admired or just the cool guy at the dinner party who knows a thing or two about his favourite tipple.
Fermented fact: The first bottle of wine to be made in Holland had to be scrapped after the man who tasted it reported seeing fluffy dragon offspring dancing on the tip of his nose; a clear indicator that the wine was a little too strong.