|Sixth 2019 AAWC-Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Event / AWS
South Africa Wine Importer Dinner
with Stuart Downes, Export Manager Indigo Wine Group Thursday June 20, 7:00 pm
|at GRANGE KITCHEN, 118 W Liberty, Ann Arbor|
If memory serves me right, this is our first Ann Arbor Tasters Guild dinner devoted to wines of South Africa. While we'll be enjoying our longest day of the year, our mates in the Cape will experience their shortest. All the more reason for Stuart Downes to cross the line and join us! Stuart represents a cadre of top-quality South African winegrowers, and he has a little operation of his own on the side.
Founded in 2002, the Indigo Wine Group is headquartered in Venice FL. It is one of the major American importers of South African wines, accounting for one in six bottles, and represented by wine distributors in 45 states. Imperial Beverage is its Michigan distributor. A couple of years back, Stuart guided Imperial's marketing staff on a visit to the Cape. It sure made an impact on sales thereafter, as the team was thoroughly impressed by the country and its wines.
I've made a selection of IWG wines that will introduce you to most of the wineries in its portfolio--a personal selection of standouts. Chef/Proprietor Brandon Johns and staff will have an opportunity to sample them for menu conception well in advance of the dinner. You will be advised as soon as the menu is ready. Here's my proposed wine lineup, including the original 'coffee' pinotage, a Cape 'Grand Cru' red, and the legendary Grand Constance:
Here's the Menu and Wine List
Crispy Smoked Trout Cakes, Horseradish Sour Cream
Spicy Michigan Shrimp Toast
Roasted Chicken, Preserved Tomato Sauce, Spinach
Duck Confit Cake, Caramelized Hakurei Turnips
Smoked Lamb BBQ and Grits
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