Last week Wednesday saw the first of the 8 week “Taste your way around the World” series over at the beautiful Durbanville Hills and lucky ol’ me (and my hot date Delly) got to join in on the fun.
The World travel tasting series is inspired by Durbanville Hills very own Cellar Master, Martin Moore, who’s love and passion for travelling and hosting tastings and wine and food pairings all over the World has provided him with the experience and skill to be able to bring home and share with all of us. The “Taste your way around the World” series will run for 8 weeks and the evenings events will be led by Martin, who will be accompanied by red wine maker Wilhelm Coetzee or white winemaker Gunther Kellerman. Every Wednesday (from 16 July – 3 September 2014) will be a different theme and each theme will represent a different Country. Expect Tapas and wine from Spain, the very best of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or BBQ bites and wine from the United States. Durbanville Hills will spin their “something special” for each Country so that things are kept fresh and exciting.
France was the first evening and it was a lot of fun. We were welcomed with the glass of my favourite, Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc which we enjoyed in the comfy lounge area while catching up and waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive. The evenings plans were revealed to us shortly afterwards when we were shown to our tables. Martin started off by sharing some fun facts about France (did you know that French toast is not actually French at all?) and took us through a tasting of a white and red French wine paired with bite sized Croque Monsieur (but of course). This then followed by each table being split into teams for the awesome Brodeaux Blending competition. We had 5 varietals of wine to choose from which we mixed and matched till we were all happy with the end result. It was super scientific and we learnt a lot about the different elements in each wine. A little perfume, spice and paint were all the rage in our blend of “Bordeaux you didn’t” – which we each got to bottle up and take home with us!
Dinner followed in the restaurant upstairs and in keeping with the theme of the night, we sat down to a family style French buffet of Chicken Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, rice and French loaves. The food was hearty and tasty and just what we needed to warm us all up from the inside out. The beef Bourguignon was a winner – everyone was raving about how tender and juicy it was. We moved over to the couches after dinner and the wine and chats flowed (so much so that we missed our sweet treat haha).
What a fantastic night out filled with wine, food, and French fun! Thank you to the Durbanville Hills team for having us and making it such a memorable experience 🙂
Keen to join?
This is the schedule for the next 7 weeks:
23 July New Zealand
30 July Peru
6 August Spain
13 August Asia
20 August South Africa
27 August Middle East
3 September United States
Cost: R280 per person which includes a welcome drink, dinner, wine tasting, coffee and a sweet treat.
Time: 18.30 for 19.00
Venue: Durbanville Hills Wines
Booking is essential. Contact Simone Brown on 021 558 1300 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book or for more information
If you are not keen on the family style table then get in touch with them. The evenings are different and unique to the country they represent. Some evenings will be a 3 course plated dinner, some will be tapas and some will be buffet. If I am totally honest, I would have preferred a plated meal… but that might have something to do with the girly night we were on. We wanted to sit and chat about everything and anything for hours…. girls!!!
P.S. We had a sneaky peek at what the winemakers really thought of our blend and I am almost certain they were too shy to admit that our girly wine was their favourite 😉