Every week Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something out of their comfort zones. This week Carly Twaddle went wine-tasting at Blos Café in Faerie Glen.
Although it is a bit out of the way, Blos Café is worth the 10km drive. Weekly specials, such as gin and sushi night on Mondays, entice a variety of patrons. Every Wednesday, they host a wine-tasting evening during which they showcase certain types of wine.
On 15 March they offered a wide variety of red wines. The wines were presented very professionally. As an amateur wine-taster, this experience was different for me. At first, the small amount they poured in the glass was disappointing – this was not a normal glass of wine. This broke my wine-obsessed heart. By the third wine I tasted, however, I was grateful for the sips provided. This small quantity allows you to enjoy the wine while preventing you from spoiling the next taster. Each wine was given a brief introduction that included the origin, the age, and the barreling process of the wine. All five wines were vastly different in all of the aforementioned regards. My favourites included the Du Toitskloof ruby Cabernet and Pinotage blend and the Deetlefs Familie blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, and Malbec, which were surprisingly and pleasantly light on the palate. The lightness didn't reduce the flavour, though, as both were bursting with it. The server was very informative, polite, and educated on the wines. The wine-tasting was free of charge, and I was given a free glass of one of the wines available for tasting for my meal.
I would definitely recommend the Blos Café wine-tasting evening, and the restaurant itself. The food was fantastic; I recommend their sliders. With a very diverse menu, a wonderful selection of wine, and a beautiful rustic and elegant location and set-up, this easily became my new favourite spot.