Thanks to Cape Town Magazine, Mount Nelson and The Orient Express, I won a wine and dine dinner at Mount Nelson Hotel for four. I booked the dinner for the 25th of March and, Jean, my sister – Jasmine, our good friend – Rozalle and I, indulged in an evening of luxury food and wine. The food and wine pairing 7-course dinner is a monthly occurrence at The Garden Room at the hotel, and our special evening featured Waterkloof Wines from Stellenbosch.
The evening started with predrinks in the gorgeous and lush garden with a quenching sweet Rose (Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvedre Rose 2010) and canapés on arrival. As we entered The Garden Room, it felt as though we had stepped back into the 1910s, the historical era that introduced the Grand Central Terminal.
The evening was conducted by Werner Engelbrecht and the menu comprised the following:
- Waterkloof Sauvugnon Blanc 2010 paired with Waldorf salad and rooibos cured ostrich
- Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2010 paired with crayfish linguine with chilli, lime and coriander.
- Waterkloof Circumstance Merlot 2005 with chicken and mushroom ‘Coq au vin’, mushroom wrapped breasts, celeriac
- Waterkloof Circumstance Carbernet Sauvignon 2007 with cider glazed onion and goats cheese tart with foie gras torchon
- Passion fruit
- Tea, coffee and friandise
To be honest, as many of my friends know, my alcohol tolerance level is embarrassing and I have found myself in situations before in which I’d prefer not to discuss :P. But I need to mention the Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2010 because it has completely changed my perception of wine. I’ve never been able to tell the difference between “befores” and “afters” of wine and food pairing. On that night, I had a bite of the crayfish linguine and I felt that the dish was overwhelmed with parsley; however, Jean insisted that I splash my palette with the white wine and try again. I did so and wow… The taste changed.
Future food and wine pairing dinners can be found here.