SWISS HOTEL SCHOOL TASTING EVENING

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.

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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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