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February 06, 2014

Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery Evening at Winchester Mansions

Winchester Mansions Hotel  Image courtesy of Dei Gratia Marketing & Communications

Walking toward Winchester Mansions, with the Atlantic Ocean stretched out to our right and the clouds folding over Table Mountain to the left, the promise of a 5-course wine-paired meal was the highlight of our day.

It was a highlight that exceeded all of our expectations – the perfect combination of wine, art, excellent cuisine and great company. Home to Cape Town’s iconic Sunday jazz brunches, Harvey’s Restaurant will be hosting a ‘3G’ evening, celebrating Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery,  on the first Wednesday of each month.

Harvey's Restaurant  Image courtesy of Dei Gratia Marketing & Communications

A different wine farm will be featured with resident Chef Jochen Riedel’s culinary creations each month and a different artist will exhibit at the same time. To view the 3G line up for 2014, click here.

After a walk through the gallery, looking at Heather Auer’s strong African paintings, we sat down to the first course and Buitenverwachting wine.

The first wine was the Buitenverwachting ‘Blanc de Noir 2013’ served with a Goats Cheese Salad. The strawberry and peach tones did something beautiful to the Goats Cheese and raspberry dressing.

An estate Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Grilled Kingklip accompanied by a soft boiled egg drizzled with a lemon beurre blanc. It was delicious and my favourite dish of the evening.

A wine called ‘3rd Time Lucky 2012’ was served with a Duo of Pork and this was my favourite wine of the evening. It had a strong aroma of quinces with a perfumy, vanilla character that just melted my heart.

Enter the Premier red. The ‘Christine 2009’ wine was the perfect accompaniment to a Peppered Springbok Loin with pomme macaire and red wine jus.

The dish dubbed ‘indecision’. Both the ‘1769 Noble Late Harvest’ and Mandarin Frangipane with rum and raisin ice cream tested my loyalty to the Kingklip and ‘3rd Time Lucky 2012’. It was in a word, delicious.

Restaurant Dinner Image courtesy of Dei Gratia Marketing & Communications

The service was excellent – the event was fully booked – and we particularly enjoyed being introduced to all of the team members by name at the end of the evening.

Buitenverwachting’s second generation owner, Lars Maack, joined our table at the end of the evening, sharing funny anecdotes about how some of the wines got their names and how it came about that the wrong date was put on the farm’s gable in 1769.  It’s a story well worth visiting the farm for, if you haven’t been, and the ‘3G’ events should be on your ‘must do’ list for the Mother City as a true feast of the Cape.

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