Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chocolate and Port pairing tasting at Boplaas, Calitzdorp

Boplaas tasting room entrance in the sunshine
The tasting room was very busy doing tastings and making sales and there was a Festival special to tempt you – a white blend called Fees Gees at R25 a bottle.
And of course some of the award winning dessert wines and Ports
The selection of five ports and five wines and the brownies to be paired with them, plus two very unusual savoury filled macaroons. One was a chicken liver flavour and the other a blue cheese. The blue cheese went well with both the wine and the port but the sweet brownies, and they were delicious, did fight a little with the dry wines.
Chef Francois Ferreira took us through the tasting and made us laugh a lot.
We loved his humour. “When I first drank this I was young and beautiful.... now I am just ‘and’” ! The bottles in front of him are what we tasted with the brownies and macaroons.
Francois with Eric Laubuschagne, who made the brownies and macaroons. His company Yummi is in Stellenbosch and he really knows his stuff. They are completely wheat and gluten free, moist and full of the very best chocolate and other ingredients and flavours.
An excellent selection to taste of an afternoon
©John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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