Saturday, March 15, 2014

Falls River Wine & Beer Club explores South African wines with Uncorked

Jim Soffe with Fine Wine Trading Company pours wines from 
South African during the FRW&BC's March event.

By Jennifer Primrose | March 15, 2014
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On Thursday, March 13, the Greenway Club at Falls River, offering a warm ambience, was abuzz with the Falls River Wine & Beer Club's monthly event. This month members of the club were given the pleasure of being introduced to one of the new owners of Uncorked Wine and Coffee CafĂ© located in the Falls River Shopping Center. Uncorked came under new ownership in February. Janine Bruinberg, one of the new owners, paid the club a visit to kick off the evening with a South African wine tasting by telling stories of her heritage in South Africa. She also shared her love of wine and all the new and exciting changes they have in store for Uncorked – one of which includes a new coffee bar featuring Benelux coffee. 

Janine was kind enough to add to an already great lineup from Jim Soffe with Fine Wine Trading Company, by sharing a couple bottles of Ken Forrester Vineyards wine out of Stellenbosh, South Africa – including a $70 bottle of 2012 FMC Chenin Blanc.

She also introduced the group to some South African biltong, similar in taste to our beef jerky, to pair with the wines. Jim continued the evening with a selection of three additional South African wines, each with its own tale, as around 20 club members asked questions as they enjoyed each sip. The evening surely did not disappoint as comments such as "He was so informative" and "It was a lot of fun," could be heard around the room following the tasting.

Jim was also kind enough to share information on Fine Wine Trading company's selection of Riedel glassware, including the bar and restaurant series of glasses. Could a Riedel tasting be in the works for the Falls River Wine & Beer Club? You'll need to join the club here to find out!