Fleur du Cap salt pairing dinner returns to Die Bergkelder

Monday, 10 December, 2012
Fleur du Cap
Discover the unusual combination of Fleur du Cap wines and artisanal salts from around the world when salt aficionado, Chef Craig Cormack returns to Die Bergkelder with a three course stunner and daily salt pairings as part of the Summer in Stellenbosch Valley festival.
Craig's Fleur du Cap salt pairing dinner on Friday, 14 December is sure to be the highlight of Die Bergkelder's festival line up. Die Bergkelder also offers daily Fleur du Cap salt tasting experiences at noon from Saturday, 8 December to Monday, 17 December. 

Inspired by Fleur du Cap's close affinity to nature and especially the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered range, Craig will be serving three courses for his elegant dinner in Die Bergkelder, the cellar cut deep into the slopes of the Papegaaiberg. To start off, Craig will serve delicate Franschhoek salmon trout on Himalayan Salt Blocks paired with Fleur du Cap's elegant white blend, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon Viognier. For mains guests will delight in traditional Irish Corned Beef seasoned with Khoisan salt and paired with Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon. To end the evening Fleur du Cap's 5-star Noble Late Harvest will accompany Savarin cake, Spicy Syrup and Praline Ice Cream. 

For those unable to make the dinner, the daily Fleur du Cap and Salt offerings are the perfect alternative. These pairings include five lighter savoury treats with wine, such as Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Viognier paired with golden cheese straws encrusted with flaked Khoisan sea salt from the West Coast and the Platter 5-Star Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest paired with decadent chocolate tart finished off with delicately pink Murray River Sea salt. 

"As far as I know, I am the first in South Africa and the world to pair different salts with food and wine by designing dishes not only to achieve a particular flavour, but more importantly as the perfect taste partner for an individual wine," says Craig who has been pairing wine and salt for the last 5½ years and has an impressive collection of rare salts from around the globe. 

Kicking off noon everyday at Die Bergkelder during Summer in Stellenbosch Valley, the Fleur du Cap and Salt tasting experiences cost R100 per person, whilst the Fleur du Cap and Salt Dinner taking place on Friday, 14 December at 18h30, costs R290 per person. Booking is essential, call Karine Retief on +27.218098025 for the daily Fleur du Cap and Salt tasting experiences or Nadia Ferreira for the Fleur du Cap Salt dinner on +27.218097728. For more information visit www.fleurducap.co.za, fleurducap.tumblr.com or join the Fleur du Cap Facebook community.

Judy Brower

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