Pinotage: last Good Value Guru category for March


The weekly Good Value Guru blind tastings held at the Taj Hotel – now a whale-free zone – are one of the most cost-effective ways for producers to calibrate their wines against the competition. The cost is zero – just drop off two bottles at the Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj to sign up for the process. Producers like Tierhoek (below) located in the distant Piekenierskloof, are enthusiastic supporters.

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Another benefit is the chance to meet new consumers, like the two ladies (below) tasting Chenin Blanc last week. How else will the complexion of SA wine change?

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Next Wednesday, the category is Pinotage and we’ve already had 40 wines entered. The whole process received a vote of confidence from Ultraliquors with Mark Norrish sending along his entire range of Buyers Own Brand wines while Nederburg has also signed up.

When alcohol advertising is tightened up – surely now a question of “when?” rather than “if?” – initiatives like this will be one of the few channels to market left.