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Wines from South Africa: Our Best Recipe and Cheese Pairings

By John Stewart, September 24, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Stewart

Approachable. Diverse. Delicious. South Africa’s wines are characterized by a down-to-earth friendliness. Read on for our best recipe and cheese pairing suggestions!

The White Wines

Bursting with notes of lemon and pear, Protea’s Chenin Blanc is a slightly dry white wine. Seafood is a natural pairing, but our Grilled Chicken with Fresh Herbs is its recipe soulmate. For a cheese pairing, Humboldt Fog’s slight tang and mild creaminess allows the wine’s citrus notes to come forward in the finish.

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Herbs

Sauvignon Blanc from Indaba features grapefruit, citrus and tropical notes that move to a grassy mineral-tinged finish. We paired it with Grilled Tuna Kabobs with Peach Mango Salsa. This crisp wine goes well with piquant and creamy Wellspring® Creamery’s Goat Milk Brie.

Grilled Tuna Kabobs with Peach Mango Salsa

DMZ Chardonnay starts off with citrus and pineapple before revealing toasted caramel and mineral in the finish. It makes a wonderful match for roasted Brussels sprouts, charcuterie or this sweet and savory Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Prosciutto. Like the salad, the saltiness and earthiness in Hervé Mons Camembert plays to the wine’s fruit and minerality.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Prosciutto

 

The Red Wines

Silky and dark with notes of pepper and blackberry, Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier shows the depth of a great South African red wine. Hearty dishes like our Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage – or even a slice of pizza – pair especially well. Borough Market Cheddar’s sharpness complements the wine’s smoothness.

Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage

The Cabernet Sauvignon from esteemed South African winery Robertson displays its varietal characteristics of mulberry, plum and cassis, giving way to a lingering finish.Our Lamb Stew with Lemons and Olives is a bold recipe that stands up to this bold wine. For a cheese choice, the cream and spice in Robusto’s 9-month aged Gouda-style cheese resonates with the wine’s dark berry flavors.

Lamb Stew with Lemons and Olives

Flagstone’s Dragon Tree is a South African red to be reckoned with. Cascading notes of dark cherry, cigar box and the slightest hint of mint are followed by fruit in the sweetly spicy finish. The wine is on full display when paired with rich Roasted Cauliflower Risotto. El Trigal Manchego, a luscious sheep’s milk cheese from Spain, likewise brings out the wine’s layers of fruit.

Roasted Cauliflower Risotto

Another syrah-mourvédre-viognier blend, Bellingham Small Barrell S.M.V. is a wine you can store for years. Dark chocolate flavors mingle with violet and black and red berry notes before moving to a velvety finish. Pair with rich foods like roasted lamb, vegetable ragoût or our Grilled Bison Strip Steaks with Sweet and Sour Onions. Nutty Le Gruyère Reserve highlights pepper, spice and cherry in the wine. To experience its true character, open this wine an hour before serving.

Something wonderful happens when wines meet their perfect matches. We’d love to hear how these pairings worked for you, or about other creative pairings you’ve discovered!

Category: Wine & Beer

 

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Hanneke says ...
Love wine from South Africa!
10/02/2013 3:31:44 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
Oh goodness these recipes are so meat oriented its alarming .. can you not also do a vegan version?
10/03/2013 10:12:48 PM CDT