Benguela Cove’s head sommelier Denis Garret hails from France and is a member of Association des Sommeliers Paris Ile-de-France. The oldest sommelier association in the world as well as a member of Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, an interprofessional association for the preservation and promotion of Cognac.
These prestigious memberships, coupled with many years experience, makes Denis very knowledgeable on champagne, cognac and wine.
As head sommelier for Benguela Cove and its associated properties of Benguela on Main and Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant, Denis is in the unique position of sourcing wines suited to each venue’s clientele and preferences. His well-traveled palate and keen sensory memory aids his selection of only the finest wines to pair with the delectable cuisine offered by each chef at their respective venues.
Denis’ love for South Africa and its plethora of delicious wines started in 1998, upon his first visit to the Western Cape where he spent 18 months travelling the many wine routes on his motorbike to taste all the wines listed in the Platter’s Guide. Having experienced the beauty of the Cape, Denis decided to stay and has been consulting in the country ever since. Denis also secured his South African Sommelier Association membership last year, further cementing his entrenchment in the South African wine industry.
In addition to his consulting, Denis also enjoys training the sommelier’s of the future and has done so worldwide. At Benguela on Main he’s taken local junior sommelier Ndosi Gumede under his mentorship. Denis’ passion for wine is contagious and it is not hard to see his suitability to the bustling and growing Benguela group.
Treat yourself, a friend, loved one or family member to one of our exclusive tutored champagne, whiskey, spirit and cocktail or fine wine master classes. Join our eccentric French Head Sommelier Denis Garret, BNIC Cognac Educator (2011) and spirits expert for an informative tutored tasting and exclusive learning experience. Denis will guide you through a master class and tasting of 5 to 6 products while educating you on the evening’s topic. From specific product tastings to producer focusses, these are unmissable chances to broaden your liquor knowledge.
Journey through the wine regions of France and the whisky houses of the Scottish countryside as you taste rare wines, spirits and champagnes from premier producers. Denis' wealth of knowledge and passion for education is infectious and is sure to leave you with lasting memories.
The tutored tastings will take place on 4:30pm on the below dates.
Please note that each date’s shared tasting experience is limited to 12 guests.