Tuesday, May 11, 2010

JOIN NTSIKI BIYELA, SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST AFRICAN FEMALE WINEMAKER at "THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN WINE SHOW" on May 11th in NYC by Philip S.Kampe

"THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN WINE SHOW" takes place this evening at the TRIBECA ROOFTOP, 2 Desbrosses Street in NYC.

From 6-8:30pm, you can discover the variety of wines South Africa has to offer. There will be over 600 wines to sample, from 135 wineries, using 20 varietals from 10 different regions. Plus, South African inspired dishes will be served to complement the wines. The cost: $55.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

This event is presented by Wines of South Africa and the James Beard Foundation GREENS, which wil receive a portion of the proceeds from tonight's event.

NTSIKI BIYELA, Stellekaya's legendary winemaker will be present to discuss her rise to fame and to share Stellekaya's collection of red wines that typify the Stellenbosch terroir. Stellekaya is a boutique wine producer that is situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The cellar, located in Stellenbosch, houses Stellekaya's noble red varietals. Stellekaya means 'home of the stars'.

Ntsiki Biyela is one of the wineries noted winemakers. Ntsiki is South Africa's 'First Female African Winemaker', having earned her degree in oenology from the University of Stellenbosch. She received a full scholarship.

Ntsiki wanted to study chemical engineering, but her mentor, Jabulani Ntshangase, encouraged her to opt for viticulture. Ntsiki graduated in 2003 and joined Stellekaya in 2004, as a junior winemaker. Her first vintage, the 2004 Cape Cross, won a Gold medal at the Michaelangelo Awards. It was the first Gold Medal won by an African Female Winemaker.

Ntsiki overcame modest beginnings to become South Africa's First African Female Winemaker.
Her story is inspiring and was coveerd by ABC's 'Good Morning' and CNN news.

Tonight you will have a chance to sample her wines and coverse with this wine legend.
I hope to see you there!

PHILIP S.KAMPE
Philip.Kampe@TheWineHub.com
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