Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vilafonte was represented at the Aspen 2008 Food & Wine Festival this year. A seminar on the cutting edge of South African Icon wines was presented. Pictured here are the presenters of the seminar attended by over 200 people. From left to right in the lower photograph. Rory Callahan, Ken Forrester, Mike Ratcliffe & George Miliotes. The seminar was a huge success with all members of the audience enjoying the fine wines presented. The Vilafonte Series C 2004 was a particular favourite and was tasting amazing on the day.
In addition to this, the Series M was being shown at the main tent of the Aspen Food and Wine Show and was tasted by hundreds of people, eager to participate in the small presence by South African wineries.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Vilafonte in Hawaii

It has been an action-packed couple of days as I touched down in Honolulu for a 4 day visit to the beautiful friendly islands. My schedule has been jammed with Warwick and Vilafonte promotional activities extending across the islands of Oahu and Maui. Our wines are represented in Hawaii by the 2nd biggest distributor in the islands called 'BETTER BRANDS" and I managed to get 45 minutes in front of all of them to introduce the wines and to do a mini-presentation on South African wines.

I also visited a number of restaurants, presented 2 wine dinners and met a whole bunch of really friendly people. All in all, it has been an eye-opener and definitely shows that this is a great market - as yet untouched by South African wines. This is the vacation capital of America!