5 minutes with… BLACC chairperson Pearl Oliver

By TASTE, 6 March 2019

Pearl Oliver is the BLACC (Black Cellar Club) chairperson and sommelier at The One & Only.

The 2019 wine to watch is rosé all the way. Wine lovers are embracing it and winemakers have been putting a lot of effort into producing these styles. It’s so versatile, it can take you right through dinner.

The wine in my glass this summer is Chenin Blanc. The oaked versions are on the rise. Try the cool-climate Five Generations by Cederberg Wines.

My cocktail of the year stars brandy. I like the KWV 10-year-old served with lime juice, basil, lemongrass and Fitch & Leedes ginger ale.

Keep an eye on orange wine (white wine made by leaving the juice in contact with the grape skins and seeds, creating an amber hue). This style should be drunk more in SA so that more wine drinkers understand it.My favourite is the Intellego Elementis 2017 from the Swartland.

I've never been a big fan of mixing drinks, but I do find an Aperol Spritz forgivable as an apértif. I believe everyone should drink what makes them happy, as long as we all drink local!

Eating spicy chicken wings? Drink Gewürtztraminer. The residual sugar in the wine will complement the spices used on the wings beautifully.

Follow Pearl on Twitter (@prospearl).


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