Successful Bidders Enjoy their 2011 Villiera Silent Auction Winnings

In 2011 Jeff Grier's item for the Cape Winemakers Guild Silent Auction was a game drive in the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a six course dinner for six people in Villiera's newly renovated tasting room, to be prepared by chef Christophe Dehosse of the Joostenberg Bistro and hosted by the Grier family. Each course was to be paired with a different Cap Classique in the Villiera range.

This was purchased by Reinhardt Koen and Jacques de Jong from Pretoria and took place on Saturday the 14th April 2012. The Koens, de Jongs and de Kortes flew down from Pretoria for the evening!

The food was out of the top drawer and the Villiera bubblies (plus one from Domaine Grier France) more than proved that bottle fermented bubbly can be served all the way through a meal.

Christophe started off by showing the guests how to fillet a very fresh yellowtail and then slice it very thinly to create a Carpaccio. The was paired with Villiera Tradition Brut and brought out the toasty fruity flavours.

Then followed a lesson in shucking oysters. The oyster 'sabayon au gratin' with The Villiera Brut Natural was a perfect match. The appley, biscuity dryness of the Brut Natural cutting though the richness of the oysters.

This was followed by kingklip with a subtle, very tasty bouillabaisse sauce matched by the Villiera Monro Brut 2007 which has extended lees maturation and lots of complex flavours.

Then to prove there are bubblies that go with red meat, the French methode traditionnelle from the Roussillon, Grier Brut, was paired with loin of lamb with a tarragon sauce. The Grier Brut has a spicy character with a hint of aniseed and brioche which stood up to and complimented this dish with ease.

Bubbly even goes with cheese: a reserve Villiera Vintage Brut 1995 was paired with some Dalewood Huguenot which is nutty and subtle. A good discovery.

To end off, the Villiera Tradition Brut Rose was served with a fig and almond tart. Not too sweet and lots of flavour complimenting the toasty berry character of the Rose Brut.

First class food, great bubbly and good company - an experience that will remain in everyone's memories for some time to come.....

Don't miss out on the 2012 Silent Auction which takes place alongside the 2012 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction which will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the heart of the Cape Winelands on Saturday 6 October 2012.  To attend, and for more details, contact us today on info@capewinemakersguild.com or phone: +27 (0)21 852 0408.  The Auctions are open to the public and trade alike and everyone is welcome.

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