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Monday, 16 May 2011

Introducing our wonderful wine sponsor WOSA


As the saying goes, man cannot live by bread alone. We here at Plate to Page agree wholeheartedly. To go with that lovely sourdough loaf of bread, one also needs a good bottle of wine… which is why we are so pleased and proud to announce that our wine sponsor for the Weimar workshop weekend is Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

South Africa is renowned for the sheer variety of food-friendly wines it can offer, from fresh, fruity Chenin Blanc to zingy Sauvignon or rounded, buttery Chardonnay.  A ‘must try’ red is the indigenous Pinotage, which makes rich, full-bodied wines, perfect for pairing with red meat dishes; in fact, there are wines for every culinary occasion. Participants at the Plate to Page workshop in Weimar will be treated to South African wines specially selected by WOSA to match each home-cooked meal and we are delighted to be collaborating with them on this.

So who or what is WOSA? WOSA is the non-profit, umbrella organisation that globally represents the South African wine industry and their slogan, 'Variety is in our nature', celebrates the unique diversity of premium quality wine, the South African people, its landscapes, exquisite natural habitat and, of course, its food.

The Cape has witnessed many events in South Africa's history and it was here that Nelson Mandela, in 1990, took his historic ‘walk to freedom'. It was here too, four years later, that Archbishop Desmond Tutu described the new South African nation as ‘the rainbow people of God', and the rainbow nation was born.
Today, South Africa is a peaceful democracy, a dynamic country of enormous diversity. A winemaking tradition and history dating back more than three centuries blends the restrained elegance of the Old World with the accessible fruit-driven styles of the New World, making for varied and exciting wines that eloquently express the unique terroir, extraordinary diversity and fascinating people of the Cape. The Plate to Page workshop is an exciting opportunity to experience a slice of the Cape in Weimar and enjoy some magical wines with delicious food – what could be better?

We are all super excited about the prospect of working together with the great people at WOSA on the From Plate to page workshop in Weimar.  But as a South African Jeanne is particularly excited about being able to introduce our participants to the rich diversity of South African wines - from traditionally-made sparkling wines to rival Champagne; to classic Bordeaux-style red blends; to port-stye wines to rival the Portuguese - South Africa has it all!  And thanks to generous support from WOSA, we are able to share it with you. 




Another initiative in which WOSA is a involved and which raises the profile of South African as a wine tourism and business destination is The Great Wine Capitals, a network of  nine major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions.  It is the only such network to encompass the so-called ‘Old’ and ‘New’ worlds of wine, and exists to encourage travel, education and business exchange between the internationally-renowned centres of Bilbao | Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Christchurch | South Island, Firenze, Mainz | Rheinhessen, Mendoza, Porto, and San Francisco-Napa Valley. The Great Wine Capitals aims to heighten the wine experience for everyone who visits these cities, and to help the cities themselves make the most of their extraordinary culture, heritage and geographical locations.

With the workshop now only FOUR DAYS away, it's all systems go here ate Plate to Page HQ.  So do keep an eye on our site and Twitter account (@plate2page) so that you don't miss any of the excitement!

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