Wine Tasting at C’est la Vie

If you are staying at Green Fountain Farm Resort or just popped into Port Alfred for the week, head down to C’est la Vie at The Postmaster’s Centre in Princes Street. C’est La Vie, the ‘Queen of Cheese’ Karen Cambridge is hosting a unique Wine and Olive Oil tasting featuring Hidden Valley wines and oils on 9 June.

Hidden Valley wines are made in the most free-thinking manner. Owner, Dave, deliberately allows nature to guide him in sculpting the wines.

“It is our mission to make wines that are fruit specific and represent the landscape from which they originate. We occupy the most awesome vineyard soil in the country so it is important to us to produce the very best fruit from which we make outstanding wines. If we are going to make a cabernet sauvignon for instance, then we better be making the best there is off the Helderberg.”

As well as their award winning wines, Hidden Valley Farm has planted 4,000 olive trees, a decision which was driven by intuition and passion for the tree and the versatility of its fruits. The indigenous wild olive forests in the valley inspired the creation of an indigenous and environmentally sensitive landscape. The Olive processing at Hidden Valley includes oil and table olives of very high quality.

To give you a taste of what is on offer for the evening (or just to extend some knowledge of these magnificent wines) here is a sneak peek:

Gems 2007

This ‘Gem’ of a Cabernet Sauvignon leads a rounded blend with pleasing aromas of cassis, blueberry and eucalyptus. For those of you that don’t speak ‘wine’ to put it simply it is a smooth wine with a lingering finish. A perfect meal friend for ostrich steak, leg of lamb and of course for the ladies, dark chocolate.

Sauvignon Blanc 2010

This rich Sauvignon Blanc shows delicious aromas of tropical melon, passion fruit, guava and freshly picked herbs that follow through to a smooth, mouth-filling palate. Nibble on some goat’s cheese to experience its ultimate flavour.

Secret 2007

This Shiraz will not stay a secret to dinner parties to come. This wine shows a deep red colour thanks to the Tannat and Mourvedre and the nose is invitingly spicy. A well structured wine with fine tannins, rich red fruit and a lingering finish. Preparing a warm winter dins? This will become your secret ingredient.

Pinotage 2009

Vegan’s and Veggies steer clear – as a perfect complement to any meat dish this wine is big and bold yet surprisingly soft on the palate. Aromatic plum, mint, chocolate and vanilla on the nose are a delightful departure from traditional Pinotage.

Having always had a taste for all things well made and of good quality Karen aims to share this with the public on this evening as the range of wine is exclusive to C’est La Vie.

Delectable Cheese Platters will be served courtesy of C’est La Vie on THURSDAY JUNE 9 FROM 6 – 8pm. Karen can accommodate no more than 40 people at the wine tasting on a first come first served basis. Call her on 073 481 3760 to book

C’est la Vie also offers the wonderful experience of savouring the cheeses and meats on offer at tables inside a Provence-style boutique restaurant or Al Fresco in a pretty wine garden. It’s a must visit for any occasion.