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Uncork Your Mind

Debbie Gioquindo, CSW, WLS the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess takes the intimidation out of wine. This is a monthly podcast where I will speak with people in the wine industry, authors, and bloggers to education you on wine.

Feb 19, 2019

A few weeks ago I had the honor to interview Andre Shearer owner of Cape Classics just after he accepted the 2018 Wine Star Award for “Importer of the Year” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Cape Classics was co-founded more than 25 years ago by Andree Shearer and his brother Gary after the end of apartheid and trade between the United States and South Africa resumed. Cape Classics is the importer for wines in South Africa and France. In fact Andre didn’t even drink or taste wine until he tasted Thelema’s 1988 Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest is history.

In this interview we talk about his life from being in medical school and being a model. We discuss as an importer he looks for in a wine brand. As Andre said “If the juice isn’t brilliant you might as well forget it right away.” Wine quality is paramount. The people are critical, wine quality is essential and as natural as possible and respectful of the environment.

We touch on Andre’s passion the Indaba foundation, a foundation he would like to take global and have the wine industry do more to help their workers.

Sit back as I chat with Andre and you can hear in his voice his passion about Cape Classics and what he wants to accomplish.