We often get asked what our name means and why we chose it. We all love sitting around a table drinking lovely wine, or other beverages, and eating amazing food. Having a time-out into the good life, where time slows down for a while. This is exactly why Sobremesa came about, to share our collective love for and knowledge of wine and food.
So what does it mean?
This Sobremesa site gives the definition:
“Time spent in conversation, digesting, relaxing, enjoying. Certainly not rushing. How we eat & drink is as important as what we eat & drink.“
Play with the word and you get to our slogan of Intellectual Sobriety.
Welcome to the remarkable world of wine, food and other marvellous beverages! It is our privilege to introduce you and be your guides on this breath-taking journey.
Below is a short introduction to the courses we offer.
We also offer custom courses to suit your requirements.
WINE 101 COURSE
An introductory wine course for the person just starting out on a wine appreciation journey, or for the wine fundi who needs to understand the basic why, what and how of wine.
The course is structured as a 3-module unit, to be completed within a designated timeframe. As with all Sobremesa courses, there is a knowledge test and upon successful completion thereof, a certificate.
Module 1 revolves around the influences of bringing the grape to the glass. It provides an understanding, as well as lots of new wine words, as to why specific wines, smell and taste the way they do. The practical focus is on white grape varieties and the basics of tasting wine.
Module 2 offers a bit of detail around the different types of wine producers in South Africa, also looking at specific areas and decoding more of what terroir is all about. Practice makes perfect, and in module 2 red grapes are tasted according to the same method used in module 1.
Module 3 is both the beginning and the end of this wine course, with a nod to what can go wrong and how to recognize wine faults. A look at sparkling wine, often drunk before a meal; and the what and how around bubbles in South Africa, with reference to the rest of the wine world. The end, as dessert and fortified wines are discussed, again focusing on South Africa, but with reference to the International counterparts.
WINE 112 COURSE
The bigger cousin of wine 110, and for the person who needs to know, not only about wine, but most other alcoholic beverages. A course ideally suited to those working in the Food and Beverage Industry, who must be able to advise and understand the jargon.
The course is structured as 6 modules, with module 1- 3 a repeat of what is discussed in Wine 110.
Module 4 and 5 focus on other alcoholic beverage; different beers and distilled products, such as brandy, gin, whisky with a ‘y’ and a ‘ey’, and the other well-known commercially available spirits.
Module 6 is about gastronomy and decoding the basics of food and wine pairing. No more guesswork of which alcoholic beverage with what food, as module 6 explains the rules the ‘in the know people’ apply.
WINE 220 COURSE
Come fly with us on an International wine journey. Apply what you learnt in Wine 110 or 112, what makes South African wine different to their International counterparts, and gain knowledge on the well-know wine regions of the world, both Old and New.
Module 1 and 2 focus on the whites and reds of France and Germany, with Module 3 decoding Spain and Portugal. Module 4 studies the fizz of Europe and why specific names apply to specific products. Different styles of a sparkling wines are discussed and explained, looking specifically at the different sparkling wine regions.
The last module, 5, leaves behind the Old World of European wines, and looks at what the New World countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, has to offer.
All modules are supported with tastings focused on wines from the wine regions covered.
Sobremesa wine courses will inspire you to grow in your wine journey, with skills and knowledge to enable you to speak wine.