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Chard O’ Yay: Food and Wine Pairings
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This month is all about that golden grape that yields fruity, sometimes vanilla-like, often bubbly and always scrumptious flavours.

On the 31st October, De Wetshof Estate in Robertson will be hosting the most prestigious Chardonnay day in all the land, the bi-annual Celebration of Chardonnay. It’s an absolute fairytale of an occasion and calls SA’s best Chardonnay producers, as well as winemakers from overseas, to talk about their first love.

I am a huge Chardonnay fan, most of you know this as I can’t seem to shut up about it. My love for it actually started at the 2012 Celebration of Chardonnay and so De Wetshof has a special place in my heart for bringing the magic to me. I therefore have decided to make this month’s pairing guide all about that luscious, versatile white grape.

 

Sweet and Salty bacon canapes

Bacon is everything. These little morsels of greatness are perfect for dinner parties or scoffing in front of the T.V - I don't judge.

When it comes to pairing it, salty dishes and Chardonnay MCCs work wonderfully together. My choice is Spier Signature Méthode Cap Classique 2012 R135

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Spaghetti with avocado cream and salted peanuts

Who doesn't love pasta?! (Except maybe those gluten-free peeps) Avos are everywhere right now and the creaminess of them is a Chardonnay's great friend. The saltiness is also a plus for those slightly richer wines.

I recommend Kanu Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011 R92.

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Bang Bang Chicken

Something slightly spicy and totally moreish. This recipe is easy to make and you can marinade the chicken overnight for extra flavour.

A lightly oaked Chardonnay will suit this perfectly as it will cope with the slight heat. Try the Graham Beck Waterside Chardonnay 2014 R57

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Mild Korma

Super quick to put together and deliciously creamy, it's also incredibly easy to make and would be great with some homemade naan bread.

Try the Eikendal "Janina" Unwooded Chardonnay 2013 R67

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Rustic Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Tart

Flaky pastry, tart lemon, sweet raspberry and creamy cheese-ness all complemented by a delicious glass of bubbly.

Yes, this is a killer dessert and that person drooling at your window when you make it will be me. Let me in!

Choose any 100% Chardonnay MCC. 

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