It was a perfect summer night to gather at Dundas West’s Archive Wine Bar, catch-up with old friends, make some new ones, and sip on the most gorgeous rosé that’s ever crossed our lips.

Partnering with Woodman Wines, and with the help of sommelier Jamie Drummond (Good Food Revolution), we were introduced to one of South Africa’s most beloved and historied vineyards: Rustenberg Wines.

Winemaker Murray Barlow spoke of the rich terroir found north of Capetown, while Jamie educated us on choosing the perfect bottle for summer garden parties and cottage campfires. We enjoyed all the latest releases on offer, but fell hard for the Petit Verdot Rosé. Priced at $13.95, this dry rosé exhibits elegant flavours of strawberries and rose water; crisp, refreshing – zing. (Find it at the LCBO starting next week!)

“Murray Barlow’s wines are a million miles removed from the South African wines of yesteryear, with an immediate freshness and purity of fruit coupled with a seriously reserved use of oak,” says Jamie Drummond. “Accessible and undeniably well-crafted, Rustenberg’s current releases make for perfect summer drinking.” We wholeheartedly agree.

See photos from this magical evening below. If you missed this one, stay tuned: there are more Shedoesthecity wine nights to come!

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