For assistance in anything thievery-related and queries about the wines, please feel free to get in touch. The Wine Thief is also open to a range of partnerships and collaborative opportunities.
With a long standing passion for cooking, inspired further by being Chef-trained in the UK under Rick Stein, having the opportunity to now work alongside local Chefs, and providing the most unique gastronomic experience is both exciting and incredibly rewarding. Co-creating specialized menus, assisting in beverage selections for paired menus, and hosting private Chef-Sommelier curated experiences is a fantastic add-on for restauranteurs and private chefs alike.
PERSONALIZED SOMMELIER WINELAND TOURS
Ewan Mackenzie, aka The Wine Thief, is available for private hire to assist in escorting small groups out into the winelands on guided tours, focusing on clients’ particular wine preferences and taking them to those specific Cape wine regions. Providing one-on-one sessions with the winemakers adds an even more tailor-made experience to the behind-the-scenes elements of the process – with barrel tastings, vineyard tours and private dining experiences all on offer.
Ever thought of entertaining your friends with a private wine tasting at your own home? Perhaps even going to the extent of inviting your guests to bring a selection of their favourite dishes along and then having them professionally paired by your own personal Sommelier, as they guide you through the tasting experience? Well now everybody can impress their friends, or even their work colleagues at a corporate function with this service. The Wine Thief is comfortable in commanding the attention of 100 guests, on stage, at a corporate banquet to discreetly adding a touch of class to your private dinner party at home. A range of Private Chefs are on call if you require a totally comprehensive, exclusive and unique experience.
This is one of the most important aspects of hospitality, especially in South Africa, and one that is most important to our overall success in business and the industry as a whole. It is the responsibility of industry professionals to empower and invest in their staff with the knowledge and skills to perform at their best, and project the professionalism of the business from the front of house. During these structured and uniquely-curated training programmes, specific care and attention is paid to all aspects of the business, from product knowledge, to service delivery, to the psychology of how to recommend different products to particular guests.
BEVERAGE LIST CURATION & OPTIMIZATION
Curating all types of beverages, from coffee to cocktails, with a strong emphasis on local craft beer and smaller, unique local wine producers. This service is delivered in a way that best expresses the style of the venue, what the customer base specifically desires, and what makes the best sense in order to improve overall business performance and establishment branding.
EVENT PLANNING & LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
Whether it’s a large-scale Industry event or a smaller scale function, services can be provided from assisting in the curation, execution to behind the scenes logistics and coordination. One of the main collaborations, as an example, is the ‘Fresh’ Festivals of both Constantia and Somerset West, hosting up to 1300 guests in unique winelands settings.