INVITATION TO CELEBRATE THE HARVEST AT IDIOM
Vino, Cibo, Musica, Festa, Famiglia
Don’t miss out…
TAVOLA LUNGA (LONG TABLE)
It is difficult to believe that the 2022 harvest is almost done! Although the late-ripening grapes are still in the vineyard, first impressions are that the other harvested grapes arrived in excellent condition in the cellar, even prompting a WhatsApp from our normally reserved winemaker Reino. “Wish I could take a picture of the smells in the winery now”, he messaged, “Viognier and Pinotage at the top of their respective ferments – a melange of tropical sweet notes and red berry fruits. Absolutely beautiful”. What a priceless comment!
Those of you who look forward to attending our events at Idiom will have noticed that our annual ITALIAN FESTIVAL did not take place this year during its regular 1st weekend of March timeslot.
Part of the attraction and success of the festival over the years is the invitation that we extend to the visiting Italian winemakers to come and share their regional stories and insight with our guests. Unfortunately, travel between Italy and South Africa was hugely disrupted by Covid and borders were not fully opened until a week ago. A mandatory 10 day quarantine period meant it was not feasible for visiting winemakers to attend. Add to that other Covid related delays and ongoing shortages of packaging and stock from Italy and it made more sense to postpone the return of the full Italian Festival at Idiom to March 2023.
In the meantime we are planning 2 Italian themed events:
A fun LONG TABLE HARVEST LUNCH AT IDIOM
on the public holiday 21 March 2022
– similar to the very successful one we held last year –
– a more elaborate ITALIAN WINTER WINE WEEKEND event
on 28/29 May 2022 (bookings open after Easter
after our return from Vinitaly in Verona)
SAVE THE DATE
ITALIAN HARVEST LUNCH 2022 @ IDIOM
Public Holiday – Monday 21 March
ONE DAY ONLY
R500pp (kids 13 -18 – R250pp & 12 & under R125)
(including fun, interactive Italy v South Africa wine tasting before lunch)
BOOKING ESSENTIAL – LIMITED PLACES
BOOK ONLINE OR TELEPHONICALLY TO RECEIVE A LINK
Arrival + Welcome Drink: 10h30-11h00
Acqua, Prosecco or Cap Classique
Interactive & fun Italy v SA Wine Tasting 11h15-12h45
Come test your tastebuds…
Three Flights of interesting wines
(whites, light reds, big reds) served blind.
Vote for your favourite wine based on flavour or familiarity.
Will it be South African or Italian?
We will reveal all at the end of each flight.
Spittoons and water provided!
Lunch 13h00-late afternoon
Antipasto Platters (harvest style):
Focaccia, olive bread, pizza slices
Prosciutto, salumi, formaggio
Basil pesto, Giardiniera,
Assortment of Sott’olio & sott’aceto
Primo: Pasta e Insalata (harvest style):
Parmigiana di Melanzane
Lamb & fennel polpette,
Penne pomodoro, parmesan & guanciale crisps
Peach and Gorgonzola dolce salad
Grilled baby gem lettuce, light Italian dressing, toasted pine nuts, crispy garlic, pickled onion
Secondo: Main course
Free-range beef sirloin with Barbera jus
Line fish of the day with Pinot Grigio velouté
Frico, dune spinach, braaied artichokes & crackling
In addition, during the day there will be
MUSIC – GRAPE STOMPING – TASTE FRESH 2022 HARVEST MUST –
VINOTRIA ITALIAN WINE TASTING PODS – IDIOM WINE TASTING PODS
OPPORTUNITY TO BUY WINE AT SPECIAL HARVEST PRICES