IF INNOVATIVE flavour combinations are your thing then circle Saturday November 23 on your calendar, when Weekend Post will host a not-to-be-missed Wine & Dine event in Port Elizabeth.
The evening will take the form of a food-and-wine pairing that will see well-known chef John Burger, of Flava in Richmond Hill, matching samples of his choice dishes to wines from the Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards’ stable.
The event will be held at The Granary in Stanley Street and cellarmaster Eugene van Zyl will fly in specially to talk about the wines to be tasted.
Fancy a taste of warthog carpaccio on a bed of rocket with a citrus mustard drizzle, red pepper pesto and roasted sesame seeds? It gets even better when paired with the Leopard’s Leap Lookout pinotage rosé. Also on the tasting menu: salmon fishcake with pepper-buttered asparagus and saffron alioli, teamed with an unwooded chardonnay.
For mains, John is making a tasting seving of pesto dukkah rare steak on watercress with a balsamic orange glaze and topped with burnt orange zest – which he expects will be well-matched by the Leopard’s Leap Family Collection SMV – and vanilla Greek lamb with garden fresh sambals and guacamole topped with strawberry – this time paired with merlot. Dessert-wise there will be dark chocolate and ginger bread-and-butter pud with butterscotch sauce teamed with a cab-sav; and chantilly chardonnay and pomegranate sorbet with the Leopard’s Leap semi-sweet.
Olga Hafner of Meridian wines says Leopard’s Leap in the Franschhoek valley is known for easy-drinking, quality wines fit for any occasion. “Having their cellarmaster here in person will be a real treat as Eugene is a former lecturer at Elsenburg [Agricultural Training Institute], where he trained some of SA’s top winemakers.”
Post-pairing, guests will enjoy a selection of canapés and for those with special dietary needs alternative arrangements will be made on ticket purchase.
Guests will receive a drink on arrival while Claire Venn entertains them for the evening, and there will be lucky draws and a silent auction in aid of the Christmas Cheer Fund. Each guest also gets a three-month E-edition subscription to Weekend Post and The Herald worth R120.
Tickets are R220 per person, or R2200 per table of 10. Book with Berna Ulay or Deirdre Brand on 041-504-7911 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket points are at Flava off Stanley Street and at Newspaper House, 19 Baakens Street.