Biltong, Nut and Wine Tasting
The KVW Wine Emporium, Cape Winelands
Paarl offers one of the most popular cellar tours in the winelands at KWV, whose 55-acre cellar is the largest in the world. Old Afrikaans for “pearl”, Paarl is set under the enormous granite rocks of the Paarl Mountains in the Berg River Valley. After marrying nearby here, Justin and I returned to Paarl with our friends, Clinton and Catherine, on a sunny Saturday morning to try out the KWV Biltong, Nut, and Wine Tasting.
Paarl Mountains – The beautiful view from the front door of the KWV Cellar.
Having been here before, Clinton and Catherine knew that it was okay to bring their daughter Tayla along too. We jumped in one car, and made our way north. Along the way, us kids in the backseat had fun switching glasses and taking silly pictures.
We strolled around the cellar while we waited for our wine pairing to start. This delightful little cafe sells everything from homemade bread and organic salads, to the “best fudge south of the equator”.
Myself and Tayla
We were seated at a private table and given a description of the five wines, including instructions on how to pair the wines and snacks. Appearances are deceiving – This may not seem like much wine, but it got my head swimming. The pairings were amazing!
The hostess was kind enough to give Tayla some apple juice and chocolate squares so that she could feel included as well. All she wanted was our biltong and droewors (dry sausage) so I switched a couple pieces with her in exchange for some chocolate. Win-win situation!
First off we tried the Sparkling wine (my favorite) and the Sweet Chilli Cashew Nuts – The spice and sweetness of the creamy style nut enhances the fruity flavours of the off-dry Sparkling wine, while the wine cleanses the palate beautifully.
When we finished the five wines, we bought a bottle of Sparkling Rose to share before we left. Good company and all day ahead of us… why not make the most of a beautiful day.
Entertaining Tayla as she looked for us to pose for her.
While the adults enjoyed the wine pairing, Tayla ventured off with our camera and took tons of pictures. Despite being only eight years old, she did pretty well. Well Done Tayla!
No guess work needed here. The foods and wines were perfectly laid out and labeled on this sheet of paper. Even though the host explained everything to us when we initially sat down, it was nice to be able to read it again, because after the first couple tastings no one could remember all the facts that we had been told.
The mini-photographer came around for some pictures.