If you’ve had to delay your trip to Cape Town this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still ways to enjoy a taste of the Cape wherever you are in South Africa.

While the braai is usually the domain of the beer aficionado, it’s also a good excuse to sip on something a little more sophisticated. You’ll find a Cape Town wine to go with every type of meal, and a braai is no exception.

Try some of these wine pairing tips next time you’re all gathered around the coals.

Fire Starters

Worldwide, rosé is one of the top choices for summertime sipping, and the light fruity flavour fits in perfectly with all your pre-braai prep on a sunny South African day.

Pour yourself a pink drink and relax in style while the coals reach their optimum. A bottle of pink MCC will do the trick too if you like your bubbles.

Meaty Matches

No doubt you’re searing something meaty over the flames, so here’s how to orchestrate the perfect symphony of flavours depending on what’s cooking.

White meat and white wine are a match made among the stars. Chicken is at its best when paired with a crisp sauvignon to compliment the spices and it goes off well with potato salad too.

Steak and chops are best enjoyed with something a little more robust. Full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or a red blend are the top picks for these kinds of meats. The same goes for boerewors.

Wine Pairing Tips for a Fish Braai

For a truly Cape theme during your family event, both snoek and shellfish are traditional Cape Town favourites. So, if you’re hankering for a true taste of the beach, these are your best options.

Snoek is even more of a treat when you you’re enjoying a white blend wine with it, the light fruitiness pairs gorgeously with fish especially if you’re using a sweet basting. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White, which is a marriage of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, is a good option.

Fresh shellfish grilled over the coals and served with garlic butter is something you have to try at least once. When you do, make sure you’ve got a glass of smooth, buttery Chardonnay to go with it.

Try the Real Thing

For now, you may have to settle for second best, but we can assure you that Cape Town will still be waiting when we emerge on the other side. Sit tight and keep your hopes up by browsing our blog for a reminder of the wonderful things that lie ahead.

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