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July 19, 2012

A sommelier’s guide to wine-tasting like a pro with Table Bay Hotel’s Dominic Bowers

Table Bay Hotel's sommelier Dominic Bowers shares his top wine tasting tips.

As someone who represents Cape Town Tourism at many events, I must confess choosing good wines from bad, pairing the correct wines with dishes and knowing what flavours to taste is fairly daunting. 

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.

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