June 21, 2013
Top wine-and-dine events in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
There’s been a resurgence of food-and-wine pairings in Cape Town of late.
Fine diners with a penchant for award-winning wines, no longer confined to just the vast estates of the Cape Winelands, are flocking to top wine-and-dine events all over the Mother City.
These days, winemakers are bringing their produce to the people by hosting increasingly popular tasting events at Cape Town’s most prominent hotels and restaurants, from the Cape Grace at the V&A Waterfront to the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point.
These are my top choices:
The luxurious Cape Grace’s Signal restaurant offers a food-and-wine escape with a historical twist as they pair premium wines with tasty dishes in an intimate setting during the winter months.
In June and July, patrons will experience the pleasurable delights of Anthonij Rupert Wines (whose home is the historic L’Ormarins wine farm in Franschhoek) and Chamonix, to be enjoyed with culinary marvels such as rooibos-smoked Chalmar beef fillet, for only R550 per person.
Location: Signal at Cape Grace, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 410 7199
These food-and-wine pairings are held at Winchester Mansions’ impressive Harvey’s Restaurant on the first Wednesday of every month, and are quite the visual and culinary feasts.
July’s event will feature prestigious Noble Hill wines (think the 2012 Viognier and Chardonnay), paired with courses such as braised springbok shank, chocolate fondant and more.
A reservation for this amazing five-course meal is R345 per person.
Location: Harvey’s, Winchester Mansions, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 434 2351
The Perfect Combination Wine & Dine Evening at the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel
The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point offers a mouth-watering monthly event which features a gourmet menu from the kitchen of chef Anees Behardien, expertly combined with wines from some of the Cape’s most prestigious estates.
Your tasty five-course meal and award-winning wines are served in the cosy Faces Lounge, complete with a roaring fire and live music. This culinary experience is an affordable R225 per person.
Location: The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 430 7777