Somm Social May

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A Closer Look at Syrah from the Swartland and some Voor-Paardeberg Cabernet provides the structure and backbone, they say. Cab Franc a little lift, Petit a certain wildness, depth & intrigue, while merlot rounds the whole lot out. And Syrah?.. Well it wasn’t that long ago that average Bordeaux was bolstered with it, just ask […]

Somm Social April

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It’s 08:30 on a Monday morning and I’ve been relegated to a small table in the communal area as my tasting venue had been overrun by sommelier students and I’m too lazy to carry 25 bottles of chardonnay up to my office. There is a constant stream of people shuffling by, the first chill of […]

Somm Social March

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Non mon ami, we do not make Pinot Noir, we simply use it to translate the message of the Terroir! That’s the kind of thing you would expect to hear from an ageing, bare chested, vigneron with a Gauloise Filter loosely hanging from the corner of his mouth under the shade of an old beret […]

SOMM Social February

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Isn’t it strange how many South African sommeliers can name the sub-regions of Burgundy, perhaps even explain their subtle nuances, yet they couldn’t do the same for Stellenbosch? Somm Social is our attempt to remedy that! Born out of a love of great wine, great people and of South African dirt we decided to setup […]

Newest SASA Certified Sommeliers

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Originally Published on   One of the biggest hurdles to South African sommeliers has always been the lack of formal, attainable, internationally recognised, sommellerie accreditation in South Africa. In an effort to address this we set out more than two years ago. Drawing on the experience of senior members in the organisation, who had […]