Come Join Us Podcast

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In just seven years, Come Wine With Us™ South Africa has evolved from six people sitting around a kitchen table into a custom offering that can’t be found anywhere else.

Come Wine With Us™ South Africa expanded not only in the size of its community but also to exploring different beverages and brands. Made with the lovers of all things food, drink and travel in mind, Come Wine With Us™ has evolved into Come Join Us® South Africa, which promises to offer bespoke experiences to anyone who never wants to do the same thing twice.

Founder and host, Sybil Doms, not only studied at Banhoek Valley’s Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA), but she also spent time learning from some of the industry’s best-known chefs. Following this, she was awarded a prestigious Sommelier Scholarship at Waddesdon Manor in the UK, which she completed before returning to South Africa. Before returning to her roots of food, travel and wine, Sybil enjoyed the experience as a freelance fashion, décor and food stylist.

The Come Join Us podcast is all about chatting to likeminded people, foodies, as well as masters of their craft, being it winemakers, master distillers or anybody we find really interesting. A proudly South African podcast where we would like to introduce the world to real people, real talent and real conversation.

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Martin Moore - Head Winemaker at Durbanville Hills

A winery as imposing as Durbanville Hills was always going to need a cellar master with matching personality and skill. Martin Moore was that person, appointed in 1998 while the cellar was still under construction. Martin was attracted to winemaking whilst growing up in Worcester, spending many a weekend on a farm – attentively watching vineyards coming into production and wine being produced at a small winery.

Come Wine With Us was privileged enough to be working with Durbanville Hills the last five years on specialized curated events. Known for their delicious crisp Sauvignon Blanc’s I went to chat to Martin about their brand NEW range called the ‘Reserve Range”. For the month of November, we will be hosting our last Come Wine With Us events for the year in Durban and JHB with Durbanville Hills Reserve Range. Be sure not to miss these special events.

Johan De Wet – Head of Marketing De Wetshof Estate

Growing up together as family friends I chat to Johan De Wet who heads up the marketing at De Westhof Wine Estate. Very well known for their world-class Chardonnay’s we chat about what makes Robertson so special when it comes to this specific grape variety. Travelling all over the world and keeping up with the latest technology and trends is what makes De Westhof in a class of its own.

Jacques Bruwer – Winemaker and Owner of Bon Courage Wines

I grew up 3km from Bon Courage on a farm in Robertson. As a teenager I use to work at Café Maude which belonged to Maude, Jacques sister. Then after my waitering stunt of working school holidays and weekends I moved over to the wine sales. I Absolutely loved the wines I worked with which ranged from prize winner Collombard Chardonnays, MCC and Red Wines.

On this podcast episode, I enjoy some oysters and chat with Jacques Bruwer about his dream of making MCC. “Innovation is an absolute key when it comes to making great wines.” Like they say Robertson is a small town with a big heart.

Chef Mynhardt Joubert – Chef and Kokkedoor Winner

For the month of August Come Join Us is planning their first official “Come Travel With Us” trip to the Cape, South Africa. Part of the trip’s itinerary is a culinary food and wine experience with Chef Mynhardt Joubert in his loft apartment in Paarl. We went to find out what he has in store for us and what we can look forward to. Go and check out Chef Mynhardts Facebook page for more info on events coming up this year.

Bertho van der Westhuizen – Head wine maker of Alto Wines

For the month of July, we will be hosting Alto wines “Like Father Like Son” food and wine pairing evenings in Johannesburg at our Come Wine With Us event happening on the 24th and 25th July at Van Der Linde Restaurant in Linden. In this specific podcast episode, we chat to head winemaker and guest at our event, Bertho van der Westhuizen about his love for RED wine as well as taking the reins from his father, previous head winemaker from Alto. Be sure not to miss out on this event! It's going to be one for the books.
Alto Wines

Izele van Blerk from KWV

We chat to one of South Africa’s most talented young wine makers, Izele van Blerk about her passion for red wine and how she coincidently became a wine maker after her tennis career in the USA was short lived due to injury. We chat about her career thus far with KWV wines and working on the whole portfolio including Veritas double gold award winning wines The Mentors collection.

Professor Nox Makunga

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you always know they are there.” We chat to "Come Join Us" friend and wine lover, Professor Nox Makunga, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, about her life journey thus far from growing up in Alice in the Eastern Cape, studying at the University of Natal and obtaining her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch. She shares with us her research on medicinal plants, the USA as well as her thoughts on legalizing Marijuana.

World Master Distiller Andy Watts

Come Join Us will be doing its first ever ‘Come Whisky With Us’ events on 29&30 May in JHB and 12&13 June in Cape Town.
Listen to this exclusive interview with World Master Distiller, Andy Watts where we chat about his cricket career bringing him to South Africa, finding the love of his life (wife and whisky ) and plenty more.
Andy is responsible for Three Ships and Bains Whisky at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington.

Lourens van der Westhuizen from Arendsig Wines

Our first Come Join Us Pod Cast session we chat to winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen from Arendsig Wines. His wines hold a very special and dear place near to our hearts due to the fact that it was the FIRST official wine we tasted at our FIRST ‘Come Wine With Us’ gathering in 2012. Check out the blog post.

We chat to him about his life on the farm and find out what’s his favourite past time besides making wine.

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