On the 1st of March Come wine with us did our first official Road-Trip to Laborie wine estate in Paarl. For the team at CWWU it’s all about safety first, followed by partying up a big storm. We decided to hire a 60 seater bus so that no one would have to take on the responsibility of driving there and back again under the influence of alcohol. Our first group of #CWWU friends got on our bus with high spirits and loads of “gees” at the V&A Waterfront.
Next stop was Durbanville, Tygervalley where most of our doctor and lawyer/advocate #CWWU members live who love the idea of a “Arrive ALive” road trip with #CWWU. The trip to Paarl took about 30 min and it was a beautiful scenic trip indeed. We overheard some of the #CWWU members saying that it felt like being a tourist in your own country which it definitely was . When we arrived at Laborie, we were taken on a cultural tour up the mountain where they chatted to the group about the Anglo Boer war statues, that were built and resembled different meanings of the war.
Whilst walking back to the Manor house, each guest was treated to a glass of Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique from Laborie and received a little bit of info regarding the Manor house and its history. Ever guest was really looking forward to the local made chocolate that was especially created for the Laborie wine range.
Chocolateier, Annelize Morkel from Feat de Renaissance explained to us her inspiration behind the creations of the chocolates, while wine maker Cobus Van der Merwe informed us about the harvest and the varieties of the wines we were to be tasting on the day. One specific bottle that everyone was pleasantly surprises with, was the Laborie Brandy! Really special and very delicate.
At approximately 12:00 when we had completed our tasting, our members were quite peckish and were looking forward to an end of Harvest Buffet lunch with Chef Mathew Gordon and his team. The tables displayed Pate de Champagne with red onion marmalade, fresh marinated mussels with jalapeno and herb vinaigrette, calamari and chorizo salad with pepperdews and coriander dressing.
Plenty of Charcuterie platters, apple wood smoked chicken, honey and apricot glazed gammon and plenty more! We were spoilt beyond and back! Winelands cheese boards and preserves was then served and went down very well!
Wine was flowing in abundance with live music from Slow Jack that just put everyone into that lazy Saturday lunch vibe (https://www.facebook.com/slowjackmusic?filter=2). Bouels were also provided for the rest to enjoy and play on the lawn for those who felt like interacting a little bit more than just drinking and eating.
Last but definitely not least, guests were also treated to a special Laborie “Genot boks”, a 6 box wine selection of the best wines of the day that they could buy at a fantastic discounted price. Our guests loved the idea of a genot boks to take home and to let them remember their awesome road trip to Laborie.
At 15:00 it was time to leave and everyone was very reluctant to end such a perfect day out in the wine lands. The ride was quite enjoyable back home and was shared with a few good laughs.
We would really like to thank Laborie for spoiling us on such a perfect day out! We will def be back and I am sure a few others as well.
Un till next time, Bon Voyage!
Lots of foodie and wine love
Come wine with us Team x
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