February is foodie month! This month, we’re shifting our focus from wine alone and getting to know more about the dishes that compliment it most. Every week we’ll feature a favourite food pairing (or three) by n blogger or personality in the food and wine industry. Who better to kick off #FOODIEFEB than the absolute king of South African food and wine himself, Michael Olivier!
We asked the food fundi for his top food and wine pairing, to which he understandably responded that he couldn’t possibly choose only one. With so many different opportunities and reasons to enjoy your favourite form of grape juice, how could we expect him to? So baring that in mind, here are Michael Olivier’s top three food and wine pairings of the moment:
Pairing 1: Stuck on a deserted island
“I love a really good hard cheese, like the Dalewood Fromage Huguenot. It comes in a younger more creamy version and a matured, chalky crumbly version.
This would be my Desert Island meal. All I would need would be a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and my Opinel Knife and a tree to sit under. And a glass and good corkscrew.”
Try this: Neil Ellis Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Pairing 2: If he HAD to pick a cultivar
“Chenin Blanc is almost my most favourite wine grape. It is so versatile and comes in a number of styles. I like it as a natural sweet or a Noble Late Harvest with a large helping of Malva Pudding. As a dry wine, full-bodied, it is fabulous with sushi, sashimi and ceviche.”
Pairing 3: Favourite Wine For Cooking
“Pinot Noir is such a fabulous wine and when you think of it as the wine in which Coq Au Vin and Beef Bourguignon are cooked, it can face up to most dishes. I like it best with Roast Belly of Pork with lots of crispy crackling. Good idea to ask your butcher up ahead if he can save some pork skin for you so that you can make extra crackling. Serve it with roasted Granny Smith Apples, real gravy and lots of red currant jelly. Real gravy is so important, I am self-appointed Life President of the Real Gravy Association.”
Try this: Creation Pinot Noir 2017