We were invited to join Greg, our Editor in Chief on http://blabla.co.za/ 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.