A Winter Pairing – Part 2

A night with a few ladies, Avondale wine, and Reuben’s soup

Avondale_Winter Pairing
© Avondale Wines

The 6 phase pairing includes traditional classics as well as adventurous combinations of soup created by chef Reuben Riffel from Reuben’s. Each phase was carefully paired with a wine from Avondale’s selection of wine.

If you are a food connoisseur or just looking to do something different this Winter. Book a seat with friends, take a drive out to the Drakenstein Mountains, and settle in to treat your taste buds to a tantalizing experience. For more information on the background or Eco-tours that Avondale presents. Read all about it here.

Now keep you’re eyes on the screen and see what we experienced first hand. 🙂

The Duck mobile
The Duck mobile

The proprietor, Johnathon Grieve and Corne Marais, winemaker of Avondale explained the complexity of the soil we were standing on. If you’re not an Eco-hero and think this talk would be boring, go and hear for yourself! It was very interesting to discover the Avondale farm soil consist of 13 different types of soil.

The sunlight was slowly slipping away, and it was time to head back to the manor house, were the cellar tour started. Here Johnathan explained the advantages of having a gravity-flow cellar.

Avondale Wine cellar
Avondale Wine cellar by KoekiesEnCream

A quick look inside the cellar…

After completing the cellar tour, we all walked back up to the tasting room, where a long table was set for us. A fireplace at the end of the table, creating  a warm ambiance.

Avondale_Tasting Room
Avondale Tasting Room

A lot of beautiful ladies, ready to be treated to a special wine pairing…

A brief description by Johanthan and Reuben before each phase of the tasting. A short description of the nature of the type of wine, and why it was selected for a specific soup pairing.

Winter Pairing table
Winter Pairing table
Ready for taste
Ready for taste

After the we completed that 6 phase Winter pairing. We had the opportunity to ask more questions about the true nature of Avondale farm & family. Myself and Hestelle [KoekiesEnCream] had to ask chef Reuben for a few cooking tips. We carried on mingling and I had to get a second serving of the Truffle soup. 😉

Myself (TheOneK), Chef Reuben, Hestelle (KoekiesEnCream
Myself (TheOneK), Chef Reuben, Hestelle (KoekiesEnCream

The Winter Pairing started from the 22nd of May, and will run until the 15th of July 2013. Make sure your book a seat for you and your friends this winter! 😉 [Trust me, well-worth it!] If you want to read more about each phase of the Winter Paring; you know where to click!

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