South African Female Winemaker Dinner at Madiba
Madiba (195 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), Fort Greene's fabled South African restaurant, along with Gnarly Vines Wines & Spirits (350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn), is hosting a South African Female Winemaker Dinner on Wednesday, March 11. Mark Henegan, who grew up in South Africa and owns the restaurant along with his wife Jenny, remembers when some of the first black winemakers came over from South Africa before the end of the apartheid. Now, he says, "South Africa is really at the forefront of minority winemakers," with people of different races, genders, abilities, and disabilities all making wines, not just in fancy wineries but even in their garages.
For the dinner, Vivian Kleynhans from Seven Sisters winery and Malmsey Rangaka from M'hudi, will be there with their wines, which will be paired with with a five-course dinner. The cost is $75 and reservations must be made in advance by calling 718.855.9190. The menu and the wine pairings are after the jump.
Bushman Platter - Biltong Droerwors (cured, salted and dried beef tenderloin) with nuts and dried fruit, Samosas w/achar, Pumpkin Fritters.
2008 SEVEN SISTERS CHENIN BLANC - YOLANDA
Clear gold color, has tropical guava flavors supported by passion fruit and underlying vanilla flavors. Full and rich on the palate, crisp finish.
Seafood Bunny Chow w/ Sambals
2008 SEVEN SISTERS BUKETTRAUBE - ODELIA
Off-dry feel, with notes of white peach, almond and melon. The round, fruity finish stays fresh.
Pap and Boerewors w/Chakalaka (traditional beef tenderloin sausage served with tomato and onion gravy)
2004 BOUWLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT
A complex wine in which the red and blackberry flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fruit are well integrated with the nutty and vanilla flavors of the oak.
Ostrich Filet w/Monkey Gland sauce (just a figure of speech people, no monkeys were harmed, it's a sauce made from red wine, tomato, Worchestire, and stock) and Slap Chips
2006 M'HUDI PINOTAGE
Deep red color, nose of subtle oak, spice, mulberries and vanilla.
Malva Pudding w/Amarula Custard
2008 SEVEN SISTERS ROSE - TWENA
Light strawberry color, nose of fresh red berry with easy drinking structure on palate.