Delheim Dazzles with Cool Jazz + Hot Fondue

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Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondue
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Cheers for hot melty cheese! Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondue Lunches

Melty cheese, jazz and wine have got to be a winning combination for winter. Serve it in a cozy cellar, and it’s showtime as live jazz and delicious fondue return to Delheim!

Presented every Sunday from June 23 to August 25, the events feature some of the hottest – or should that be coolest – local jazz musicians in an intimate, relaxed venue. Bookings are essential and unfortunately, no walk-ins will be accommodated.

If you’re a jazz nut, this is an event for you. Even if you’re not, it’s a fantastic chance to discover the unique local jazz grooves and the guys and gals behind it. The event again takes place in Delheim’s cosy, downstairs wine tasting cellar – an intimate and snug venue that’s as perfect as any mellow jazz club.

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Cool jazz, hot cheese fondue, Sunday lunch at Delheim

The bonus at these intimate lunchtime concerts is a harmony of cheese and wine from the celebrated Stellenbosch winery, served alongside a musical programme of the Cape Town Music Academy NPC and Jazz in the Native Yards.

On the meal side of the occasion, tickets give you access to a sizzling pot of hot melted cheese, along with fresh bread and vegetables for dipping. Optional extras available to order include starters, meats, dessert and coffee, along with wines that will also be on sale by the glass or bottle.

This is a special opportunity to taste Delheim’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – a wine that is not only exclusively available from the estate, but which is also a perfect match when paired with cheese.

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A feast fit for sharing: Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondue Sunday Lunches this Winter

All wrapped up, the occasion promises a splendid afternoon best enjoyed with a group of friends.

“The Cape Town Music Academy is proud to once again partner with Delheim and Jazz in the Native Yards to bring an exciting line up of some of the freshest and most talented jazz artists to the winelands,” says Cape Town Music Academy programme manager Vicky Davis. “The Jazz & Fondue series is a wonderful initiative that not only gives our jazz musicians a platform to perform but also exposes local and international guests to recognise and enjoy the great local music talent that South Africa has to offer.”

Jazz in the Native Yards is a travelling live jazz gig that promotes jazz performance and listenership across the Western Cape including townships, cultural centres and festivals.

The fat sounds of jazz giants like Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen and Chris McGregor will be relived through a spectrum of jazz musicians. In the mix will be some “pata pata” from Sima Mashazi who with Schalk Joubert wowed the crowds at the most recent Woordfees festival in Stellenbosch.

Also in the line-up is Thembelihle Dunjana, a young Jazz pianist hailing from Gugulethu who started playing the piano at the age of 11. Her passion for jazz grew during her high school years at Bergvliet High and she ultimately ended up at the UCT College of Music where she graduated with a B. Music degree.

Thembelihle has found that the sounds of Mccoy Tyner, John Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku resonate with her, and is strongly influenced by the sounds of these legends and her band has an easily recognisable swing feel, and a strong African influence.

The line-up for the Delheim Jazz & Fondue events features:

George Weiner and the Little Giants Alumni (saxophone, trumpet, guitar) June 23;

Darren English Trio (trumpet) June 30

Mike Rossi Quartet (saxophone) July 7

Thembelihle Dunjana Quartet (piano) July 14

Tumi Pheto Quintet (trumpet) July 21

Buddy Wells Quartet (saxophone) July 28

John Hassan (percussions) August 4

Ramon Alexander August 11

Schalk Joubert August 18

Bongani Sotshononda and Babalwa Meintjies (vocals and marimba) August 25

Reservations are required and can be done online through Quicket. Tickets are R350 per person. Entry includes glühwein on arrival, the music entertainment (band cover charge) and the fondue (with bread and vegetables). Note that all starters, meats and desserts will be charged extra. Wines will be on sale by the bottle or glass. Each lunchtime show runs from noon to 15:00.

Find Delheim on Facebook,; Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines or contact the winery on tel: 021 888 4600.

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