The Art of Nosing and Tasting-June 2015

Table Set for an evening for Food & Wine Pairing
Table Set for an evening for Food & Wine Pairing

What an amazing lesson into the Art of Nosing and Tasting,as a relative “newbie” to wines,this was the first time I really understood what to look for,when tasting the food and wine paired with it.

Nederburg Wine Makers Reserve,certainly didn’t disappoint and the talk was very informative by Natasha the winemaker,so humble be sure to check out Nederburg Wines,Harvest2015 on You Tube.

Nederberg Masters Reserve
Nederburg Masters Reserve
Nederburg White Wine Maker-Natasha Williams
Nederburg White Wine Maker-Natasha Williams

Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou,really made the evening so much fun and learning all about Nosing and Tasting has opened up my eyes and I cant wait for the next pairing,I will certainly look at it with a whole new approach.

Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou,
Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou,

Clarity of the wine-when researching I found that this generally refers to how much or how little the wine was refined during its production.

Swirling-now there are many ways of swirling and I have found that there is no right or wrong way, but you need to swirl the wine for atleast 5-10 seconds as this get’s oxygen into the wine,which those who know refer to as ‘opening up”.

Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou,
Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou,

Nosing-this refers to the smelling of the wine,the professionals,dip their nose into the upper portion of the wine glass and breathe in the aromas coming off of the wine.

What does the aroma remind you of,each person's memory might be different
What does the aroma remind you of,each person’s memory might be different
Taste Variations
Taste Variations

And finally Taste-when pairing the wines with all the tasters set before us,you could very clearly taste which was a good pairing  and what just didn’t work for you.

Lime, Banana Muffins,Tea,  Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Brioche
Lime, Banana Muffins,Tea, Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Brioche

The Sauvignon Blance went beautifully with both the tomato & lime. Whilts the Pinotage needed the Banana Muffin. The Shiraz complimented the Pastry. The surprise of the evening for me was tea which was mistaken for everything but tea,but it went with Cabernet  Sauvignon.

After the lesson we were treated to an awesome three course meal at the Peach Room at The Cullinan and boy was the food delish and moreish.

Ready to tuck in
Ready to tuck in

For the 1st course we had French Onion Soup with a toasted Gruyere Brioche paired with Nederburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve Chardonnay 2014

First Course-French Onion Soup
First Course-French Onion Soup

Mains was the most amazing wintery meal-Braised Pulled Lamb Shoulder with a Pea Puree, Pommes Dauphinoise and a Parisienne Vegetable Casserole paired with Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Merlot 2013

Mains-Winter inspired
Mains-Winter inspired

And my staple Dessert !! Poached Pear with Walnut Malva Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce & Honey Comb Dust complimented by my personal favourite Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2012

Dessert is served
Dessert is served

Thank you to Come Wine With Us ,Tsogo Sun-The Cullinan and Nederberg Wines for an awesome lesson into the Art of Nosing and Tasting,see you at Christmas in July.

Sybil Doms-from Come Wine With Us-telling us how it all got started.
Sybil Doms-from Come Wine With Us-telling us how it all got started.

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