If you’ve ever wondered about the longevity of a Come Join Us memory, you needn’t look any further than this very article. My name is Danielle Houston, and I attended my first Come Wine With Us event as a food blogger a few years ago. The event I attended was a Nederburg event, and not only do I remember the specific Nederburg range and theme of the evening (Heritage Heroes), I remember the venue, the chef who prepared our meals (the exceptional Vanessa Marx, a long-time collaborator with Come Join Us) and even one of the meals we enjoyed that night: a smoked snoek dish which forever changed the way I viewed this delightful fish. I remember winning an award for my Tweets that night, and I remember sitting opposite the winemakers who blew me away with their knowledge.
In short: my first Come Wine With Us event wasn’t just fun – it was unforgettable, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable steps in my journey as someone who appreciates good food and wine. Why am I telling you this? Few things have ever seemed as relevant – not only when thinking about the theme for the latest Nederburg series: Does Age Really Matter?, but also when considering the promise of all Come Join Us-associated events. The promise is to collect memories, not things, yet somehow you always get so much more than just memories out of these experiences.
The latest Come Wine With Us Nederburg event was no different – when it comes to any Come Join Us event, you can be assured of new experiences in the form of unique food and wine pairings, but are guaranteed the promise of unforgettable evenings. Our latest event in Cape Town saw the Nederburg Heritage Heroes make a stellar re-appearance in another limited edition run – the collection of individually named, hand-made gourmet wines, honours some of the legends who have shaped Nederburg and its history as one of South Africa’s most awarded wineries. Guests enjoyed a rare, interactive vertical tasting of four fine vintages of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes The Brew Master Bordeaux-style red blend, allowing them to experience first-hand the impact that age can have on a wine.
Hosted at Nederburg’s True Italic restaurant, the unique vertical-tasting experience was followed by a glass of Nederburg Method Cap Classique and a mix of Bruschette Miste canapes, which included cherry tomato and basil, mortadella and fresh ricotta mousse, and foraged pickled mushroom toppings. Canapes were just the beginning. What soon followed was the choice between a melt-in-your-mouth, lovingly-prepared started of homemade ravioli stuffed with table mountain porcini and mascarpone cheese, served with butter and red pepper; or the La Parmigianina: an oven-baked dish made up of layers of deep-fried aubergine, Italian tomato and caciocavallo cheese. These were paired with the Nederburg Heritage Heroes’ The Young Air Hawk Sauvignon Blanc.
Mains were paired with the exquisite Nederburg Heritage Heroes Brew Master Bordeaux Blend or the Anchorman Chenin Blanc, depending on the guest’s preference. A family-style meal consisted of gnocchi di patate agli asparagi – homemade potato gnocchi served with seasonal asparagus pesto, salsiccia ragusana – grilled homemade Sicilian sausage, and contorno insalata mista – Italian mixed salad. To end the evening off, guests were able to enjoy one of the most unique selections of dessert we’ve seen appear on one of our menus: homemade chocolate salami and homemade milk gelato. These were paired with the Nederburg Winemasters Noble Late Harvest.
Accompanying the evening was live music by David van Niekerk, carefree chatter from guests, and laughter that carried itself into the depths of Nederburg’s vineyards. What a way to end 2019’s Come Wine With Us Cape Town event run – make sure you don’t miss out in 2020: follow us on all of our social channels and subscribe to our mailing list to avoid disappointment.