Wine On The Couch

Celebrate Wine With Tastings At Café Cru Montecasino

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” Aristophanes (Greek poet, b. 448 BC)

Café Cru ( at Montecasino is celebrating the multi-faceted delights of wine with friendly and informal monthly ‘wine on the couch’ tasting evenings for all wine lovers.


Andrew Richard, Deputy GM of Southern Sun Montecasino (, says wine is an important part of Tsogo Sun’s overall beverage offering, particularly in light of the group’s significant purchases at the annual Cape Winemakers Guild wine auction. Tsogo Sun has taken top honours for wines purchased by a single bidder at the auction for the past four years. “The availability of the excellent wines from the auction purchases and the launch of Café Cru as a café, wine shop and deli, led to our wine-tasting events, which have become a popular feature on our monthly calendar.”

Each event features a different estate, showcasing the varietals that the estate specialises in. The Wine Estates are always actively involved, and either have the winemakers present at the event, or a member of the team from the farm itself. Miguel Chan, Tsogo Sun’s Group Sommelier, also attends the events, discussing the wines, as well as the food pairings with the canapes served.

Richard adds, “The aim of the ‘wine on the couch’ evenings is to invite the public to taste each wine available and interact with wine-makers in a relaxed atmosphere, and to get to know the estates and how the passion behind the scenes is translated into a bottle on the table.”

Franschhoek Wine Tasting Evening

We were recently invited to the Franschhoek wine tasting evening as the winemakers introduced us to a taste of their premium varieties. The evening was fun and relaxed at Café Cru, we were greeted with a glass of either red or white Brut and treated to a delicious variety of food from popcorn, sweet potato chips with a variety of dips, crackers and different types of cheeses to pasta’s, fried fish, spring roll’s and for dessert chocolate eclairs and koeksisters. We tried to have a little of everything and was not disappointed, the food was divine and also very filling. Each canape paired well with the wines of the evening.



Before getting a taste of the Franschhoek wines we were given a brief history about the wine estate, discussing each wine and how to best pair each one for example the Franschhoek Pinotage pairs well with braaied meat such as wors. After being introduced to each wine and getting to taste them we had the opportunity ask questions about the winery and/or the wines.



We started off the wine tasting with a Sauvignon Blanc, then we tasted the Chenin Blanc, a Shiraz and lastly a Cabernet Sauvignon. I am normally a red wine lover but my favourite wine from the four had to be the Sauvignon Blanc it wasn’t as bitter as the others and was fresh, fruity and light. A good amount of wine was given for each tasting enough to get a buzz. Glasses of wine was served throughout the night and the food was continuously topped up.




Moe and I really enjoyed the night we had fun learning about Franschhoek wines and I enjoyed tasting each one, we also had fun meeting new and interesting people and spending the evening chatting to everyone. If you are a lover of wine, or would like to learn more about wine or simply just want to enjoy a night out sipping on delicious wine and snacking on scrumptious food then the ‘wine on the couch’ evenings at Cafe Cru is the perfect night out to relax and destress from the week.



The ‘wine on the couch’ evenings at Café Cru are open to everyone over the age of 18, offering great value for money with reasonably priced wines and snacks, at R185 per person. Wines tasted are available for sale at the event and during the month. Café Cru has its own off-consumption licence.

For more information or to book for a delicious wine experience at Café Cru at Southern Sun Montecasino, call (011) 367 4367 or email Seats are limited.

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