Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.
Wine and cheese may be ageless pairing companions but the Cape Winelands have some far more creative pairing options for wine and food. Here is a selection of Cape Wineland Wine pairing trends that we love.
Delheim’s cupcake and wine pairing features four exquisite cupcakes matched with a specific Delheim wine. A lemon-infused Rooibos Cupcake infused paired with the Delheim Unwooded Chardonnay, a Pomegranate Cupcake matched with Delheim Pinotage Rosé, an African Makataan Cupcake with the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie and finally a Pumpkin Cupcake paired with the Delheim Pinotage.
Delheim also offers pancake and wine pairings, with the pancake filling determining the best wine match.
A whole-wheat Salmon Pancake is served with a Pinotage Rosé, a Lamb Shank Pancake paired with Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pickled Pumpkin Pancake with the Edelspatz Nobel Late Harvest.
Bonnievale wines unpretentious pairing of wine and cookies are a real treat. They pair coconut meringue with Dawn (perle), Lemon shortbread with Chardonnay, Mocha chocolate with Merlot, Cinnamon with Cabernet Shiraz and a Cheese straw with Barrel Select Shiraz.
Natalie Maclean also has some tips on pairing wine and cookies at home.
Speaking of unpretentious… Winepilotsa.com has an interesting guide to everyday food and wine pairing, suggesting Chenin Blanc or Rosé paired popcorn. They also have suggestions for Oreos, Simba chips, peanut butter sandwiches and even 2 minute noodles.
JC Le Roux pair a set selection of 5 Sparkling Wines with Nougat and Turkish Delight.
Pinot Noir is paired with nougat covered in dark chocolate, Pinot Noir Rosé with a Turkish delight, La Vallée with mango & macadamia nougat, La Fleurette with wild berry nougat and Le Domaine with white chocolate nougat.
Wine and chocolate is a popular pairing choice in the winelands. You can have a Wine & Chocolate experience at Bilton, Blaauwklippen, Eikendal, Hidden Valley, Lanzerac, Lourensford, Saxenburg, Spier, Waterford Wine Estate and Zevenwacht.
Plaisir de Merle in Franschhoek offer a Sweet Sensation tasting pairing wines with orange fudge, rum and vanilla fudge, chilli and lime fudge, and cherry fudge.
Nuts and wine can also be paired with very satisfying result. Lagniappe has an excellent guide on how to pair pecans, without appearing nuts.
According to Giant Eagle, the secret to matching wines, cheeses and olives is to select wines which bring out the best in the cheese, then add olives that complement the wine. Hillcrest Estate produce excellent wines and olives and they offer tastings of both.
Alto wines offer tastings of their wines paired with home-made patés, served on 100% rye bread made in the area.
Café Blanc de Noir offer a combination of 4 pizzas complimented by four Brenaissance wines, Knight of White Chardonnay 2010, Queen of Hearts Merlot, the Full House Bordeaux blend and Jack of Diamonds Shiraz.
Mulderbosch also has a delicious range of wines and pizzas to sample.
Then there is traditional South African sushi… more commonly known as biltong.
Sticking with traditional South African flavours, Le Pommier Wine Estate offers wine pairing of Le Pommier wines with traditional South African cuisine. Le Pommier Restaurant offers the best in country cuisine filled with flavour. Think traditional South African dishes like Bobotie, Chicken Pie as well as the Golden Delicious Gourmet Burger which is Le Pommier’s specialty.