I have been a fan of Nitida since I first visited this fabulous wine farm in 2009, I did a post on my personal style blog on Chictopia HERE before I started my personal style blog and the Fashionjazz website.
It was my first visit to Nitida and the first time I had lunch at CASSIA and after that I was hooked. I fell in love with the ambiance, the decor, the food, the atmosphere and of course the wine and I still go there almost 4 years later. So when I received a special invite to a Food and wine pairing at Nitida I could not wait to attend.
I admit I know a lot about Nitida and Cassia as I am a avid fan, but it was really nice to get the chance to meet the family behind the name…
When we arrived we met at the cellar where we had some of the Nitida sparkling wine and met Bernard, we then took a tractor ride to the vine yards where we learnt all about the history of Nitida.
After exploring Nitida a bit more we landed up at CASSIA ( which as I said before is one of my favourite restaurants) where we did the food and wine pairing.
OUR MENU FOR LUNCH
Gravlax made with smoked west coast sea salt, beetroot, sauce Maltaise and poached quail egg paired with Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Spicy passion fruit marinated pork fillet, vanilla mash, ginger stir friend vegetables paired with Riesling 2013
Confit of duck ravioli with a mustard cream paired with Coronata Integration 2012
Seared norwegian salmon,broccoli and walnut risotto, lemon foam paired with Chardonnay 2013
Grilled venison loin,braaised red cabbage and caramelized apples paired with Shiraz 2011
Stout braised oxtail, crushed new potato,leek,tomato and root veg ragout paired with Calligraphy 2011
Chocolate bread and butter pudding,mousseline sauce and candied orange zest and Beignet served with shortbread,mango puree and ginger ice cream paired with NLH Modjadji 2013
The food was amazing as well as the wine, learnt so much about pairing everything together and how the wine influences the taste of the food. We got to take home a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and all in all it was such a nice day out with the Nitida family, I look forward to visiting again.
Thank you to Jade and her amazing team from Red Carpet Concepts for organising everything, it was such a fun day and so lovely meeting everyone from Nitida.
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