September Vin-atics - the most food-friendly one yet!

All you need to know about throwing a Vin-atics dinner party this month.

by: Cathy Marston | 01 Sep 2010

There are absolutely NO excuses for not joining our Vinatics fun this month! Yes... I am looking at YOU.

We have deliberately chosen the most amazing food-friendly selection of wines and all of them easily available in most supermarkets or bottlestores; our recipes are some of the most mouth-wateringly luscious to date and all of them very wallet-friendly... and the prize this month is a whopping big R500 wine voucher from Cybercellar!

So what are you waiting for? Well, if you don’t belong to Vin-atics yet, then sign up here...

The Wines
I’ve had a good nose around my local branch of Ultra Liquors and have come up with 6 truly fabulous and food-friendly wines and all of them about R50 or less! The cost of buying all 6 is under R300 which makes them outstanding value, so here’s my choices for this month:

•    2009 Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc
•    2009 Flagstone Noon Gun
•    2008 Van Loveren Wolverine Creek Reserve Chardonnay
•    2009 Nederburg Winemakers Selection Rhine Riesling
•    2006 Zorgvliet Silver Myn Merlot/Cabernet Franc
•    2010 Boland Cellars Cappupinoccinotage

Check out our September Vin-atics Club Tasting Notes... all the info on what they taste like, cool things to say at a dinner party and where you can buy ‘em.

The Food
Food24’s Resident Chef Caro de Waal has suggested 6 dishes which she thinks will match each wine perfectly – none of which will break the bank, all of which are totally delicious:

•    Double-baked Gruyere Cheese Souffle with Wholegrain Mustard Sauce
•    Butternut and Lentil Bobotie
•    Chicken in White Wine
•    Beef Satays with Peanut Sauce
•    Baked Apples in a Bag
•    Crepes with Dark Chocolate and Oranges

What makes Chef Caro think these pairings with work? Click here to find out, and to agree/disagree or make other suggestions in the comments section below...

The Main Event: Wednesday 22nd September at 7pm.
We’ll be cooking the dishes and tasting the wines – and we want you to join us too!

You can follow us on Twitter at @Vinatics, @SamWilson1, @CathyMarston @chocky33 and see what we get up over the course of the evening. This month we shall be joined by one of our very own bloggers – Carey Boucher-Erasmus (check out her blog BitsofCarey)and her husband, along with Paul Galatis from fabulous kitchenware suppliers, @Yuppiechef as well.

So – finding the wines couldn’t be any easier (or better value), the recipes couldn’t be any easier (or more delicious), we bet you’ve got LOTS of friends you owe a dinner party to – so why not make it a Vin-atics dinner party this month and stand the chance of winning R500-worth of wine as well? All you have to do is

•    pick a couple of the dishes
•    choose a couple of the wines (or tell your friends to bring them)
•    invite a couple of mates to join you on the night
•    take some pics, tell us how it all went and the best report will win a R500 voucher from Cybercellar.

Want to see how Anetha won herself a case of wine last month? Or Vicki? Or Jan? Then click on their names and get inspired! publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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