The Drop wine bar in Coal Drops Yard has teamed up with award-winning South African winery, Journey’s End Vineyards, to host a casual and un-ticketed wine tasting and ‘braai’ (South African barbecue) ‘Drop-In’ from 6pm on Tuesday 10th May, as part of London Craft Week.

Found among the Schapenberg hills in the Stellenbosch winelands, Journey’s End has always been wholly committed to sustainably and ethically producing excellent wines for all occasions. For one night only, the team, including Associate Director Tom Hanson-Smith, will be there to talk guests through the six wines on the menu, should they wish to learn more.

Upon arrival, guests will receive a complimentary glass of Journey’s End Méthode Cap Classique Brut Reserve, the winery’s first foray into sparkling wine, which is made using the traditional method and an excellent, premium alternative to Champagne.

On the list from the ‘Tales Range’ will be the Wild Child Rosé – a pale, grenache rosé with notes of strawberries and cream; The Huntsman Shiraz Mourvedré Grenache Viognier – a light, red blend which drinks well chilled and is affectionately referred to as a ‘sesh’ wine by the team; and the unwooded, easy-drinking Haystack Chardonnay.

From the ‘V Range’; the V1 Chardonnay made with cool-grown fruit, carefully handled and lightly oaked.

The sixth wine of the night will be from the super-premium ‘Precision Range’. Named for the cooling and cleansing south-easterly wind which blows in from nearby False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Doctor ‘The Red’ is a Bordeaux blend with darker fruit notes and a unique influence from the eucalyptus trees which serve as a windbreak near one of the blocks.

Wines will be available by the glass, bottle or flight of four for £20, and guests can also purchase bottles to take-away at special rates. Try as many as you like.

To eat, The Drop will be serving dishes typically found at a South African ‘braai’ and guests can order as they like to enjoy alongside the wines.

There will be Rump steak; Hot bird chicken; Garlic Boerewors sausage; Peri-peri butternut squash with roasted corn and feta; and some salads on the side. There will be plenty of biltong and droewors to snack on, too.

The Drop’s regular food and drinks menu will also be available throughout the evening.

The Drop-In series focuses on a certain wine region or style of wine, with a special dish served on the night to match. The Drop’s events are intended to be a genuinely accessible, delicious and sociable way to discover new wines and develop your palate. The Drop team will be on hand to engage with guests about the wines, but there is no commitment to do anything more than try whatever you want to.

To join the South African Wine Tasting & Braai Drop-In night, simply turn up to The Drop from 6pm on Tuesday 10th May or book via Resy, as part of the eighth edition of London Craft Week.

Book via Resy here

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