La Vierge Wine Pairing

Wine Pairing Dinner at Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

Perfectly balanced wines with elegance and texture – that is the philosophy of guest speaker Gerhard Smith, winemaker extraordinaire at La Vierge Wine Estate in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus in the Western Cape.

In the same way that he has nurtured the winemaking process at La Vierge, so Gerhard will guide you by highlighting the nuances of the flavour combinations at this month’s wine pairing dinner.

Gerhard will team up with Chef Janine Fourie of Big Easy Durban – who has devised a four-course farm-to-table menu to complement the wines on offer. Among the wines featured will be La Vierge’s most popular cultivars, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Smith has had a long-time love affair with the charismatic Pinot Noir variety, so expect great things!

It’s what lies beneath the vines which this estate believes is one of the secrets of the vineyard’s success. The shale slopes consist of deep and medium fertile clay-based soils – which act as deep reservoirs in winter, slowly releasing moisture to the vines during the summer growing season. The vine sends down deep and large root systems, searching for nutrients far below the surface. Although this practice creates sturdy vines, the harvest is perfect and yields grapes which produce a greater concentration of flavour, texture and complexity during the winemaking process.

Expect a culinary adventure like no other at this Wine-Pairing Dinner. Diners are requested to arrive by 6.30pm, to be seated by 7pm when the first course will be served.

Bookings are essential, so be sure to secure your seat by contacting our reservations team. Telephone 031 336 8166 or email


Saturday 25 January, 2017

Cost R425 per person

The Big Easy Winebar & Grill

12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

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