Part of our platform for the evening was Kate from ‘the Chocolatier’ who provided us with a short introduction to chocolate, where it originates from and how the product is made. Kate’s fun and entertaining character really was the cherry on the cake as we loved the way she described the ins and outs of chocolate. Who would have thought that everything started from beans?
Our wine maker for the evening was Wilhelm Pienaar, a very well known face in the industry and one of the top wine makers at Nederburg. Wilhelm is a very talented wine maker with a flair and passion for food and wine. While studying abroad for his European Wine Masters degree at Monpellier, France, Sybil Doms, managing director of Come wine with us was coincidentally introduced to him and also joined their team for wine and restaurant tours throughout Southern France. Back then, he was already a keen foodie who loved the marriage of food and wine.
After our wine presentation we were treated to a fantastically beautiful chocolate inspired meal by LBV Bistro and Wine Bar prepared by the chef at LBV. Jacques and Kerry introduced us to their family run restaurant team. These guys are the new kids on the block in the Bryanstone area in JHB and they run a very tight and well organized ship.
Starters was vanilla poached salmon micuit ,beetroot and white chocolate mousse , pickled beetroot and lemon macerated shimaji mushrooms served on a lemon micro green radish leaf salad served with Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Range Chardonnay 2013.
Mains was a lamb nouissete grilled with a garlic and lemon rub , buttered baby leaf spinach and finished with a dark chocolate cranberry oil and a rich lamb jus served with Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Range Merlot 2012.
And last, but not least was dessert Molecular white chocolate mousse served with a white chocolate strawberry cream and macerated strawberry infused cream garnish with a tempura basil leaf served with Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Range Noble Late Harvest 2012
The atmosphere for both evenings was fantastic. As part of a gift from Nederburg, each guest received a magnet to take home and a bottle of Nederburg wines masters reserve Merlot, which was being kept in an awesome Miele Wine cooler fridge at optimum 18C which was a real treat.
It was really wonderful seeing familiar faces from Cape Town who’ve decided to make Johannesburg their home. Come wine with us really loves bringing people together to experience a new place and product.
Our aim is to really create a great and memorable time with people and to really connect in real life, like we connect with social media.
If you missed out on the event why not make our awesome Nederburg Stew at home with our easy to follow recipe clip where you would be able to use the Winemasters Reserve Merlot in your cooking and of course sip on some as you prepare your five star meal! Comment below and let us know what you think!