Monday, September 7, 2009

Vive La France

Red, white and blues... Must have something to do with the French. In a way yes. But no, it was the theme for the Durbanville Boutique Wine Growers annual festival. The theme of White and Red Wine with a touch of Blues music went down a treat.

Eureka Farm played host to over 200 people, the event was over subscribed, once again proving in matters of passion size doesn't really matter. It is not often that you could say an evening was faultless, but this evening came pretty damn close. From the relaxed, casual yet very stylish decor, too the delightful food and wine pairings, it just seemed like the longer the night went the better things got. The menu read something like this: mussels in beurre blanc, tempura prawns, carpaccio with wild mushrooms, Parmesan and rocket, petit burgers with caramelised onions, Moroccan lamb couscous and the highlight for me venison pie. That's enough to make your mouth water and we haven't even got to the wines or desserts yet...

There were so many good wines to choose from and as you would expect Sauvignon Blanc was the star of the show. Those that caught the eye were the Klein Rooseboom with its sexy glass closure and the Galleon Sauvignon Blanc. Welbeloond Sauvignon Blanc produced by the friendly Andrew Mellish, pictured, and Nomade Sauvignon Blanc produced by Riaan Oostuizen were the standout whites, the former very fruity and the latter more zip and tang. No Rennies needed for any of these wines. From the Reds my personal favourites were the Mirari 2006 from Westerdale that is drinking beautifully, a youthful Merlot from Klein Roseboom that will improve with bottle age and the Hermit on the Hill Pinot Noir. All in all a wonderful evening, proving once again, local is lekker.

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