Wadsack to host live YouTube show on SA Veritas Award-winning wines

by | Mar 9, 2021 | Article

Joe Wadsack, drinks expert and TV presenter on shows such as BBC’s Food and Drink and ITV’s Ladette to Lady, has teamed up with internationally renowned bar personality and consultant Dean Callan to promote the wines and brandies of South Africa.

Over four special episodes of the Dean Callan Show, Joe aims to show just how compelling these wines are to a larger audience.

Joe, a regular senior judge at the annual Veritas Wine Awards in South Africa, has selected a collection of wines from those that have been awarded Double Gold status. He aims to bring the joy and unparalleled value of South African wine to a wider audience.

Joe, who has his own YouTube show The Drinks Coach UK, stated, “I feel incredibly privileged to have been invited to judge the [Veritas] awards over the past few years, and I feel that I want to give something back.”

He continues: “The SA drinks industry has suffered enormously during the current pandemic, more so than most, and in the absence of human contact and the ability to ‘press the flesh’, so to speak, of so many exciting winemakers, young and old, I decided to try to bring these awesome wines to a virtual audience instead.”

“We are nearly there, and I hope this series of four YouTube shows with my friend Dean Callan will spark a wider interest in what has to be the best value wine country on earth.”

These shows will be live on Friday night for the next three weeks (12, 19 and 26 March) at 19h00 British summer time (21h00 in Cape Town). CLICK HERE to tune in. 

Joe will be inviting a respected wine personality each week to join him and Dean and to shed their light on these wines, starting with Helena Nicklin of Amazon Prime’s hugely successful show The Three Drinkers, which is currently showing in 175 countries. She has decided to talk about Chenin Blanc and her nemesis, Pinotage, to get the ball rolling.

Watch Joe and Dean discussing the exceptional award-winning Cape brandies in their first show:


The Veritas competition is aiming to show an almost complete range of Double Gold medals wines from the past two years of the competition at the White Horse in South West London on Tuesday 6 July, Covid-19 restrictions permitting (check the WSTA Trade Diary for further information.)

The winemakers of the last two highly prestigious Veritas Vertex Overall Champion Wine will be invited over from the Cape Winelands to present their world-class creations in person at this event. They are Megan Parnell from Domaine des Dieux (2019 winner) and Izelé van Blerk from the KWV (2020 winner). This is made possible by the partnership with Vinventions, a global leader in complete wine closure solutions, that will sponsor the visits by the award winning wine makers to the UK and on an educational tour to France.

For any other information on the award-winning wines from the competition, download the competition’s very own free smartphone app VinoVeritas by CTP from Apple Store or Android.


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