Food and wine pairing in FRANSCHHOEK!


Here in Franschhoek, Wine and Food pairing is a very popular trend. Chefs tend to pair their dishes with local wines if not wines from the Wine Estate the restaurant is on. So when you are looking at your menu choice for your event you might as well put a few wines on the menu that go with your food. We have put together a few tips on wine and food pairing.

1. Pinot Noir is great for dishes with earthy flavors. Recipes made with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles taste great with reds like Pinot Noir, which are light-bodied but full of savoury depth.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon is the name of both the grape and the wine it produces. The primary taste of this wine is black currant, but other overtones may include blackberry and mint. Cabernets are hearty and rich and thus go best with tomato-based red sauces and meat dishes

3. Merlot is not quite as harsh as other reds, merlot is mellow with flavours of plums, black cherry, violets, and orange. It is best paired with tomato-based red sauces

4. Chardonnay – Depending on where it’s grown and how it’s processed, this white wine can taste semi-sweet or sour, heady or light. Typical flavors are apple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, and oak. Like most white wines, it is best paired with cream- or oil-based sauces, but can also be served with a light, tomato-based red sauce

5. Sauvignon Blanc – Typically very light, this wine often tastes of grass and apple, and has a soft, smoky flavor. Sauvignon Blancs tend to be crisp and acidic, which make them a nice match for cream- or oil-based sauces.

6. Think Sweet and Sour. Because of Chenin Blanc’s awesome acidity and inherently sweet flavor, you’ll find it pairs well with foods that have a sweet and sour element. SoutheastAsian cuisine or pork chops with apples paired with a richer and sweeter style Chenin Blanc will blow your mind

Be sure to also ask the chef if a food tasting is included when you book the venue, you can also then request a wine to pair with the food.

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