July 19, 2012
A sommelier’s guide to wine-tasting like a pro with Table Bay Hotel’s Dominic Bowers
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
As the old adage goes, when in doubt, ask, so I sought my answers from the Table Bay Hotel‘s sommelier Dominic Bowers.
What is a sommelier I hear you ask? Well, put simply, Dominic’s role at the Atlantic Grill, the Table Bay Hotel’s restaurant, is to pair the chef's dishes with great wines. As a trained wine professional (Dominic is a star Wines of South Africa graduate), this Mitchell's Plain-resident knows what he’s talking about.
A man who adores having his big, juicy medium-rare steak paired with a robust Cabaret Sauvignon from the Cape Winelands, Dominic is also crazy about the Mother City. He loves her cosmopolitan vibe and would like nothing more than to visit the iconic Robben Island.
On a winter’s day in Cape Town, Dominic shared his top tips for wine tasting like a professional:
For more of Dominic’s expert advice, read his blog at www.tablebay.suninternational.com.