We were invited to join Greg, our Editor in Chief on at the annual cheese and wine tasting hosted by the Swiss Hotel School last night. The 3rd year Swiss Hotel School students create an annual concept restaurant that operates for a limited one month only.

This year, the concept is ‘The Sixties’ and this theme has been rather loosely carried across in the décor with a few black and white photographs on Elvis et al scattered on the walls. One of Johannesburg’s closely guarded secret gems, The Cheese Gourmet (Cnr 3rd Avenue & 7th Street, Linden. Tel: 011 888 5383) supplied the cheeses, which were paired with Ten Chapters wines.

 I know the cheese shop well, but it was my first introduction to the wine label (which I will look out for in future) and I am not sure the pairings were as they should have been. The Havarti / Sauvignon Blanc coupling felt very wrong to me; the wine underwhelmed.

My table companions were a riot, so – when the trainee wine stewards mixed up the positioning of our red wines, making me quite confused – I was not too phased and gave in to enjoying the company. Greg’s best friend was especially funny with his parsimonious system of rating the wines, something I may borrow from now on.

The tasting selection (below) was followed by a buffet dinner (I had a very good chicken curry, my husband had a potato and leek soup) that we were forced to rush through because of babysitter timing constraints.

Goats Chevre / Chenin Blanc

Havarti / Sauvignon Blanc

Ficksberger / Shiraz Belegen

Mature Gouda / Pinotage

Gorgonzola / Cabernet Sauvignon

Sparkling Lekker Rose

All in all a very enjoyable experience and an event we will add to our calendar next year.


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Greg says:

    Thanks so much for joining us last night Cindy – it was a pleasure to see you again, and to eventually meet the Old Spouse too.

    Sorry that you had to dash, but do understand. You missed some fabulous desserts and a additional number of laughs.

    All in all it was a great evening if a little chaotic. Something we must definitely do again.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We really must, I truly enjoyed the company.

  2. aardvarkian says:

    I’ll take the cheese, but once again I must pass on the wine 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did think of you; a nearby table had a party of two who didn’t touch the wines 🙂

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    It sounds very nice; I think it’s the company that makes or breaks an evening like this…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Certainly true last night 😀

  4. buttercup600 says:

    Hmmm, sounds like you had an enjoyable evening Cin!! Thanks for sharing oxoxox

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy your summer evening Merlot 🙂 😀 🙂

  5. Tammy McLeod says:

    Sounds like a great evening. I like events like this especially if there is a bit of education since I don’t know a great deal about wine or cheese. And the pairing of Havarti with Sauvignon Blanc just sounds wrong.

  6. suzicate says:

    Now that sounds like a fabulous evening.

  7. slpmartin says:

    Sound like a lovely evening…can wait to read you comments regarding the rating system for the wines that you discussed.

  8. nrhatch says:

    Cheese, wine, curry, conviviality (and potato leek soup!) . . . sounds awesome!

    Glad you enjoyed.

  9. fasulis says:

    hach! finally made it to this site…

    under a pseudonym, though!

  10. Amy MacLeod says:

    I’ll join Arvarkian’s table next year when you send out the invitations. Shame on anything spoiling exquisite Harvarti!

    1. Amy MacLeod says:

      Oops, I knew I needed to check – Aardvarkian’s. My apologies to one of your faithfuls!

  11. halfp1nt says:

    Sounds like a wonderful evening, Cin.

  12. gospelwriter says:

    In contrast to aardvarkian’s preference (comment #2 above), I’ll take the wine, but once again I must pass on the cheese. 😉 😉 – not that I drink as a rule (though I do like the odd glass of good wine), but that I’m not much of a cheese lover.

  13. deepercolors says:

    Oh well. I am not a wine lover or a stinky cheese admirer. And curry (if it is Indian curry – yellow) and I definitely do not agree. I do like a good aged cheddar though and if I could have some on the potato leek soup I would be happy.

  14. Now I want an editor who invited me to hilarious riotious wine and cheese tastings.

    I’m not great on wine, but I could eat cheese al day and all night. Reminds me of the Monty Python cheese sketch.

    I wonder if they had Bavarian Goats Cheese.

  15. Artswebshow says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun

  16. That cheese store has kept me as a happy hostage for many an hour on a Saturday

  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sounds like a good time was had by all …

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