04 October 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Wine goes with…

Wine goes with…just about anything is seems, if the slew of novelty food and wine pairings popping up around the Cape winelands are anything to go by.

Nederberg wine estate first dabbled with the idea of a ‘slow’ fast food and wine pairing back in 2009, when they offered estate visitors amuse-bouche sized portions of mini burgers, pizzas, ‘chicken nuggets’ and chow mein to pair with a selection of their wines.

Their latest pairing is called the Burgermaster - a selection of mini-burgers each paired with a current vintage wine from the popular and award-winning Winemaster’s Reserve range. Try a salmon burger with a Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, and a bobotie beef burger paired with their Reserve Pinotage.

Overhex wines in Worcester recently introduced the Balance Salami Tsunami. Six Balance wines are paired with 6 salamis that were crafted by local artisan salami maker Richard Bosman. Richard produces Italian and Spanish style cured meats by traditional salting and drying methods from a cross breed of Duroc and Large White pigs raised free range in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley in Hermanus.

For a mere R50 p/head, sip and nibble a Pinot Gris Sauvignon Blanc blend matched with the fennel salami, the Winemakers Selection Chardonnay matched with the nocciola (hazelnut) salami, or the sweet and spicy combination of a Muscat D’Alexandrie paired with the piccante salami.

For a sweet finish, Clos Malverne, in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch is offering 4 scoops of homemade ice-cream paired with 4 estate wines for R45 p/head from October 2011 till the end of February 2012. A coffee-style pinotage, Le Café, is matched with a scoop of mandarin and pistachio praline ice-cream, or for something deliciously different, see if you think their Sauvignon Blanc and a lychee and lime ice-cream is a match made in heaven.

With other estates offering pairings like wine and chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and biltong tastings, and of course, the ubiquitous cheese option, wine tastings need never be predictable again.

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