Cupcake and Wine Tasting
After a busy few months figuring out the new job I was finally able take some leave and head for Cape Town. This meant I was able to indulge in one of my favorite activities; food and wine tasting. It is great fun to see what effect different flavour combinations have. The South African wine farms have a range of interesting choices such as; chocolate and wine, ice cream and wine, charcuterie and wine, or how about a marshmallow and wine tasting
The day started with a fynbos cupcake with wine tasting. Fynbos is a type of plant that is indigenous only to a small part of the Western Cape. They are succulent plants well suited to the cold wet winters and hot dry summers of the Western Cape. There were four cupcakes and four types of wine. Sadly the cake on the right is not chocolate but rather a combination of rooibos (redbush), cream cheese and cinnamon. Even so they were very tasty and I enjoyed the different flavor combinations. We decided we liked the first two cakes best.
This wine farm is a good example of the diversity in Cape Town because it has German heritage. It is situated on the side of the mountain with a spectacular view of Table Mountain. The sign for the bathrooms made me smile.
Pizza and Wine Tasting
Then we headed to a restaurant on another wine farm for lunch. It turns out this place had an option for four types of pizza topping paired with wine. Another chance for some food and wine tasting. Perhaps the pizza should have come before the cupcakes. I have to say that this was not the memorable pairing and and I did not enjoy the wines that much. However I enjoyed the more varied lunch.
The next wine farm we visited is well known for a wide range of sparkling wine. The decor appropriate with lots of silver and other bling. Unfortunately the host made us feel like naughty school children for not booking. I wonder how many people plan all stops in advance when they go wine tasting. While there are elements of service that could be improved I definitely enjoyed the sabrage ceremony. Sabrage is the art of opening a bottle of bubbly with a saber.
Our last stop was a winery which includes an option to taste craft gins from various parts of South Africa. They have a good selection and the staff know their products. So was able to try a few gins and then pick one to take home with me to the UAE. While you can buy alcohol in the UAE it is still nice to be able to choose something a bit special