We made the short trip to The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort on the Randpark Golf Course in Johannesburg, where we were welcomed by the friendly staff and quiet, picturesque environment overlooking the greens.

The venue for our wine pairing dinner was The Fairway Hotel’s award-winning Balata Restaurant. We spent a relaxing evening with Executive Chef Jean-Pierre who created a bespoke four-course menu – each dish was carefully paired with the tasting notes of the wines served on the evening. It was a magical evening with good food, great wines and company.

We were welcomed with a Fleur de Cap Chenin Blanc 2017 – the perfect wine to start of the evening as the wine is brilliantly clear with specs of green. Two starters were served – Pan Fried Liver served with baby leaves and citrus salad and a Braised Salmon Bourbuignon. The liver was mouth-watering yummy and the salmon was not far behind on the yummy barometer. Our starters were accompanied by a Fleur de Cap Chardonnay and the fresh citrus notes added to the flavour of the salmon were as the Fleur de Cap Pinotage had a deep red colour with crimson edges and Rob-Roy commented that the wine was full bodied and tasted like more.

Our main course was a Moroccan spiced Springbok shank, roasted vegetables and pistachio Kataifi and was paired with the Fleur de Cap Series Private Cabernet 2015. The shank was well spiced, vegetables delectable and the wine, oh the wine was velvety soft yet mouth filling with aromas of dark chocolate, black cherries and plums with underlying elegant wood spices.


The dessert was a Quince crumble served with Amaretto Crème Anglaise and Naartjie Ice Cream. The crumble was out of this world and the Fleur de cap Chenin Blanc with hints of citrus and a dash of butterscotch was the perfect finish to a brilliant meal. To add to the learning experience the Sous Chef brought out a vintage record player while they served the dessert which he used as a turntable to create the perfect spiral art on the plate. This was so unique and interesting to see how something old and forgotten was used to create something so beautiful.

To use the timeless Ernest Hemingway’s words: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing”

After dinner, we retired to our luxury room that overlooked the fairway. The bathroom featured soft, fluffy towels and under floor heating that was a blessing on a cold winter night. Our stylishly appointed room, which leads onto a small patio, featured a king sized bed, a double vanity, coffee making facilities and a minibar.

These evenings are designed for lovers of fine wines and food and are great fun and you don’t have to be a wine expert to join in! The wine dinners take place the last Thursday of the month. The upcoming wine dinners at The Fairway Hotel you can look forward to are:

26 July – Mont du Toit
30 August – Hartenberg
27 September – Anthonij Rupert
25 October – Nederburg
29 November – Arcangeli wines

I would advise you to book the wine dinner that you are interested in as soon as is possible as numbers are limited and at R425 per person sell out quickly………..and I would hate for you to be disappoint. The evening normally ends around 10pm. It is probably best to book an overnight stay and enjoy a full English breakfast in the morning.

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