When you’re seriously interested in wine and you haven’t been at a Winemaker’s Dinner, than you really should take it if the opportunity arose.
A winemaker’s dinner is just that – a dinner hosted by the winemaker with no more than 20 or 25 guest. The whole point is that the guests gain access to the person who was instrumental in making what they’re drinking during dinner.
The sunset winemaker’s dinner at Dombeya / Haskell last Friday was just perfect. We started with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and beautiful sunset. Then our small group of only eight people went with winemaker Wikus Pretorius to the cellar where he explained the winemaking process. We tasted the Chardonnay which was recently harvested and the 2012 Anvil Chardonnay straight from the tank.
Enough with theory we couldn’t await to taste the wine. We had a vertical Chardonnay tasting that was really interesting!! 2007 and 2010 seemed to be the favorites.
The coronation of the evening was our three course dinner that was paired with more wines of all Dombeya/Haskel ranges. Here our menu:
Fresh Fig Salad with baby leaves, Parma Ham, gorgonzola with fresh raspberry dressing
Cape Salmon with scallops, mushroom broth, served on lentils and baby beans
Berry sorbet, Coulis
A big cheers to Christine Andrews, who organized and accompanied this amazing evening.