Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cheese Laweez: let's Wine & Dine

See that's the thing about wine, it doesn't matter whether it's cold outside or the sun is shining; it doesn't matter whether you are celebrating or just had a rough day - you can always uncork a bottle of vino.

Bonus! There is a wine to go with every type of food, be it fish, cheese or even chocolate. So now I ask you, what better way to spend a date, celebration or sunny afternoon, than with a good wine and cheese platter? You choose your wine and then just match the cheese to the wine palate, add some fruit, crackers or cold meats and you've got lunch on your hands.

A simple guide to pairing  your cheese and wine:

My personal favourites to put on my cheese platter, based on what my dining partner and I find palatable:

-salticrax or provitas
-grapes or fresh strawberries
-dried apricot
-pesto princess's Greek pesto
-crusty bread
-olive&fig jam
-Simonsberg's chive flavoured cream cheese
-rosa tomatoes and cucumber crudite's
-parma ham and green olives

I also find that when entertaining a beautifully set table and snacks, can set the mood for a great evening. It doesn't need to be extravagant, a simple wooden chopping board and artistically arranged food can make a big difference, have a look at the examples below.

If you are sold on the idea, but just too damn lazy, you can simply browse the websites of the wine farms, from Cape Town, to Stellenbosch to Franschoek, many offer ready made picnic baskets for you to enjoy with a partner or a group of friends. So what are you waiting for? Let's wine&dine our way to summer.

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