Tuning the Vine is currently my favourite street party equivalent going on in town! I find first Thursday, third Thursday and any other damn Thursday over run with very cool people and desperately low on wine!

Tuning the Vine is a monthly event showcasing some really great wines and fantastic venues. It runs along Bree Street and down to Wale Street including venues such as Youngblood Gallery, Publik Wine Bar,Biergarten, Bocca, House of Machines, Tjing Tjing Torii, the Gin Bar, the Reserve Wine Vault at the Taj, Mint and the Twankey Bar!

With 200 different wines for tasting from 58 of the Western Cape’s best producers there is going to be a new favourite wine for everyone! The October and November events had about 2500 of us joining in – and I’m guessing the December event is going to be even bigger!

The December event sees an increase in venues including HQ, Yours Truly, Jason Bakery, Palma, Culture Club, Bacon on Bree, Door 221 and the new, Little Saint. I for one am excited to see what Jason Bakery, Bacon on Bree and Luke’s Culture Club are bringing to the table! Pastry and wine, bacon and wine and cheese and wine – hello happiness!

I really don’t need much of an excuse to run around Bree Street a little tipsy in search of great wine! But if you do I have made a little list for you! The top five reasons you need to visit the last Tuning the Vine of the season on 9th of December from 5:30pm til 9:30pm!

1)The Wine

Once you’ve paid for your ticket all the wine is included! This is uncommon and fantastic particularly at only R150 a ticket! Each venue included in the Tuning the Vine route has a few wine farms with a tasting station set up and you’re encourage to try any of the wines you are interested in!

Some of my favourite venues and wine farm pairings from November include:

*Tjing Tjing with Beaumont, Creation, Newton Johnson and Waterkloof

*Charango with Iona, Thelema and Vondeling

*Bocca with Luddite and Botanica

2) The Food

If you’ve read my previous Tuning the Vine post you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the food at Tjing Tjing Torii! They are no longer during a structured pairing but all the amazing food from my post here can be ordered individually at R40 a pop! That’s a deal kids!

However there is much more to be found! Luke’s Culture Cheese club is offering wine and cheese pairings! Bacon on Bree is getting involved and a late night bacon sandwich sounds superb! Jason Bakery should be stocked with gorgeous pastries. And Bocca does some bad ass pizzas if you can get a table!

3) Sommelier guided tasting tours

If you’re looking for something a little more fancy pants make sure to look into the sommelier tours! These are limited to small groups of 6 to 8 people and cost an extra R100 per person. This 45 minute tour is shaped by the people on the tour – you tell the sommelier what kind of wine you would like to try and they find it for you!

If you’d like some more information on this follow the link here! 🙂

4) There’s rum too!

Temple rum is set up at The Honest Chocolate Gin Bar and they are offering spiced rum and Honest Chocolate pairings. We missed it last time in the pure chaos but this time we will be first in line!

5) And finally – a lot of bubbles!

We tend to round off our night with the bubbles! Fantastic bubbles can be found at:

*Twankey Bar with Filia, Graham Beck, Genevieve and Montpellier

*Publik with Le Lude. These bubbles are really special and you can read about our tasting here!

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Competition details:

I’m so excited to have two sets of double tickets for Wednesday 9th of December to give away!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow me on Twitter HERE
  • And tweet “I want to be at @TuningTheVine with @2muchloveliness. Win tickets here: http://wp.me/p3uHrc-1lB”

Winners will be announced 3rd of December (next Thursday)

Even if you don’t win make sure to not miss out on all the fun by buying tickets over here!

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