Back in May just before I went to Italy, I spotted a South African Wine Festival at Vivat Bacchus, a great wine bar in London. I love wine. And I love South Africa (ok not quite yet as I’ve never been, but my boyfriend is from there and I love him… so that’s the same right?!). Anyway, I really wanted to go to the wine festival, so we did.
It is an annual event from Vivat Bacchus and actually includes a wine tasting of various South African vineyards, served to you by the winemakers themselves no less, followed by a fiv course meal with matching wine and coffee. For £49. Yes, it’s an absolute bargain. Add on a wine tasting before dinner for an extra £6 and you can have a pretty smashing evening.
We started a goat cheese filo pastry parcel before a course of kingklip, a white fish that I had never heard of but that my boyfriend Rob was very familiar with from his childhood. This was followed with zebra steak with vegetables, which was pretty amazing really, even though the thought of eating a zebra was a bit hard to swallow (mind the pun!). I went with it and actually really enjoyed it. The cheeseboard was also brilliant. Vivat Bacchus have a great cheese room and often host wine and cheese tasting, so the thought that went into this board was no doubt very special in itself. Finally, Creme Brûlée is Rob’s favourite dessert and this one was ‘unreal’ in his expert opinion.
In between each course the winemakers stood up and gave lovely speeches about the wines that they had brought alongside amusing anecdotes in thick, authentic accents. It was a really nice touch to include in the evening, it made me really appreciate the wine and the whole evening even more. I’m still learning about wine and this really wasn’t about bombarding us with scientific fact but rather with fun facts to help us appreciate their work and their products. Our favourite wines of the evening were most definitely the Missionvale Chardonnay from Bouchard Finlayson that accompanied the Kingklip and the Kaapzicht Steytler Vision, both of which we put in a significant order for.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, I’d love to go again. Can’t wait to try out more events at Vivat Bacchus!
Do you enjoy a good wine dinner?