Accomplished food writer, cook and showchef extraordinaire, Sonia Cabano has paired six of Avondale’s nature-friendly wines with an exquisite culinary delight, carefully crafted to excite the senses with an unusual and delightful marriage of flavours.

What you can expect…

The Extraordinary Festive Taste experience begins on a high note, with the pairing of a melt-in-the-mouth mince pie with an apple and honeyed fruit mince filling and a chilled glass of Avondale’s Methode Cap Classique, Armilla.

Anima, a lively Chenin Blanc, matches well with sweetcorn herb fritters served with a dab of nutty, Chinese Hoisin sauce.

This is followed by the pairing of Avondale’s refreshing white blend Cyclus with mellow Truckles Maasdam cheese generously rounded off with roasted pecan nuts.

The abundant perfumed berries present in Avondale’s rosé, Camissa, find a balancing partner in a roast almond and ginger Wedgewood nougat.

Avondale’s elegant old world syrah, Samsara, complements the sweet smokiness of a Cape Venison kudu frikkadel, served with a hint of Hillcrest strawberry glaze.

Finally, the rich, complex flavours of a traditional South African spiced venison pie with Avondale’s flagship wine, La Luna, is a match made in heaven.

Sonia comments, “South African cuisine is a robust melting pot of eleven different culinary traditions, each adding a distinct character to our nation’s soulful palate: Dutch, English, Scottish, French, German, Indian, Malay, Greek, Portuguese, Jewish and African.  I wanted to incorporate elements of each of these influences to create a unique and truly South African taste experience. Avondale’s suite of outstanding wines was the perfect accompaniment to showcase the different flavours to perfection.”

The Extraordinary Festive Taste experience will be held from Friday 4th November until Saturday 24th December at Avondale Tasting Gallery. Our standard wine tasting fee of R50 includes the fun, festive food.  Booking is essential.  Email: or call us on 021 863 1976.