Keen to take your winetasting experience to the next level? Consider combining it with a unique food pairing, where delectable treats are teamed up with each wine to complement and enhance the flavour profile.
While you can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate and wine pairing, wine estates have also started pushing the boundaries with everything from oysters to braaibroodjies.
Here are a few fun options to consider.
Boerebraai Tapas & Wine Pairing, Middelvlei
R100 pp, middelvlei.co.za
Indulge in South African classics at Middelvlei: Mini Potbrood and Snoek pâté, a Biltong and Mozzarella Braaibroodjie, or Cocktail Boerewors Sosatie with Middelvlei Pinotage.
Alternatively, try the Gourmet Braaibroodjie and Wine Pairing. Nibble on a Snoek and Cottage Cheese Braaibroodjie with Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay, Boerewors and Mozzarella Braaibroodjie with Middelvlei Free-run Pinotage, Fig and Brie Braaibroodjie with Middelvlei Shiraz.
Ice Cream & Wine, Clos Malverne
R86 pp, closmalverne.co.za
Try a unique ice cream and wine pairing at Clos Malvern. The seasonal menu is constantly adapted and for autumn you can look forward to ice cream flavours like gingerbread, cranberry and white chocolate ice cream; parsnip, saffron, salted caramel and pumpkin seeds; or orange, gluwein and star aniseed.
Flash Food & Wine Pairing, Neethlingshof
R100 pp for 5 courses
This menu comprises of five bite-sized snacks paired with five delicious wines. Think Sauvignon Blanc with a salmon and trout roulade, Gewurztraminer with a beef kebab and a mini Malva pudding served with The Caracal.
They also offer a kiddies option at R50 per child for 3 courses. Bookings are advisable to ensure availability. For groups of 6 or more bookings are essential.
Beer & Food Pairing, Franschhoek Beer Co
R105 pp for 3 pairings or R205 pp for 6 pairings.
Taste your way through the Franschhoek Beer Co range, complemented by mouthwatering bites like beer-battered onion flower, pretzel and pork sausage, grilled watermelon with macerated prunes and mango puree, and sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna.
Shiraz & Charcuterie Pairing, Anthonij Rupert
R120 pp, email@example.com
The Terra Del Capo tasting room at Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate offers a Shiraz & Charcuterie Pairing. Enjoy three Anthonij Rupert Shiraz wines, from the popular Protea, terroir-driven Cape of Good Hope and flagship Anthonij Rupert ranges, accompanied by three expertly-sourced Italian charcuteries – Napoli salami, Coppa and Parma ham.
MCC & Nougat Pairing, Anthonij Rupert
Head to the upper Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room at the Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek for a delicious L’Ormarins MCC and nougat pairing. Three L’Ormarins Methodé Cap Classiques (MCC) have each been paired with handcrafted artisanal nougat, each designed to bring out a certain characteristic found in its MCC partner.
Biltong, Dried Fruit & Wine Pairing, Durbanville Hills
R95 pp, durbanvillehills.co.za
Enjoy a selection of five wines paired with dried fruit, biltong and droëwors. Durbanville Hills also offers a cheese and wine pairing, chocolate and wine pairing and a crystal tasting where you get to take home a souvenir crystal glass.
Oyster & Wine Pairing, Benguela Cove
R175 pp. benguelacove.co.za
Benguela Cove Wine Estate outside Hermanus has launched a Wine & Oyster Pairing, offering you four oysters prepared in four different ways to match the qualities of four Benguela Cove wines.
Wine & Glass Pairing, Esona
R130 pp, esona.co.za
Esona does a really lovely Taste the Difference experience with Riedel glasses, where they show you how a proper wine glass influences aroma and taste, compared to a standard bar wine glass. Upon that they offer two vintages of each wine to showcase the ageing potential. They’ve even created a special music playlist with specific genres that complement the individual wines.
Citrus & Wine Pairing, Zandvliet
R65 pp, zandvliet.co.za
Zandvliet does an interesting pairing where they match various citrus bites with their wines, including marmalade, chocolate and biscotti. Try the Estate Chardonnay with their ClemenGold marmalade and see if you can pick up the enhanced citrus notes in the wine. Or sip their very yummy Kalkveld Shiraz with a nibble of the citrus chocolate, which amplifies the bitter coco and fresh citrus flavours.
Sweet Treats & Wine Pairing, Four Cousins
R55 pp, fourcousins.co.za
If you’re keen for a more lighthearted approach to wine pairing, head to the Four Cousins tasting room in Robertson. The venue itself is stunning, and you can do all sorts of fun food and wine combinations. Their Family Pairing for instance teams up the original Four Cousins range with fun treats like Liquorice Allsorts, Turkish Delight and Zoo Cookies (it actually works really well!). Or try their Scottish Cousin whisky pairing with treats like nougat, toffee and a sweetie pie. These are just two options, there area loads to choose from.
Any interesting pairings that you can recommend? Pop them in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.