Lifestyle | 23 Dec 2022 | By Sun International

Sip ‘bottled poetry’ at The Table Bay

Enjoy delicious wine with unparalleled views at The Table Bay Hotel | Photo by Sun International

The best address in Cape Town offers more than amazing views and 5-star service. The Table Bay Hotel has another speciality – wine.

Enjoy a good glass of wine? The Table Bay hotel is the perfect destination to savour “bottled poetry”. You’re spoilt for choice, with an extensive wine list that features both local and foreign signature vintages and best-sellers that will have you sipping and swirling whenever you have the chance.

Sit at The Captain’s Table

Joep Schoof, former Food and Beverage Manager at The Table Bay hotel, understood house wine as “wine that represents the quality of your establishment”. The Captain’s Table house vintage is an exclusive wine specifically handcrafted by the hotel’s staff to be unique to the best address in Cape Town.

Dane Goldschmidt, Head Concierge at The Table Bay, provided his intimate knowledge of the unique flavours of the hotel’s two exclusive blends and their meal pairings.

The first is a white blend with floral notes, bursting with tropical fruit flavours, and provides a balanced palate that gives a crisp, lingering finish. It pairs well with a saffron and white wine mussel pot, as its hints of lemon and tropical fruits balance out the sweet, floral taste of the saffron and the rich and hearty flavour of the seafood.

You can also enjoy the white blend on its own, especially while savouring the unhindered picturesque views of the V&A Waterfront from the comfort of your room at The Table Bay.

The second is a red blend made up of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. It's a ripe purple wine with a mixture of berry flavours, gentle tannins, integrated wood flavours, and dark chocolate aromas. Pairing it with beef ribeye on the bone, served with wild garlic, parsley, baby potatoes, sautéed sundried tomatoes, and spinach, lets you relish in its soft and sweet blackcurrant finish. 

Best of The Bay

Goldschmidt explains that “the hotel boasts an extensive wine list from the best wineries around South Africa and the world”.

The Holden Manz Rothko Rosé and Newton Johnson Resonance Sauvignon Blanc Semillon are currently popular at The Table Bay.

The Holden Manz is a multi-layered lingering wine that sparkles like diamonds in your hand. You can elevate your enjoyment of this Provencal-style, dry, and fruit-driven wine with picturesque views from the lounge terrace at the hotel. You’ll also be happy to know the Holden Manz is perfect on a hot summer’s day and pairs wonderfully with light meals and seafood.

The Newton Johnson is a citrus-themed Sauvignon Blanc with the tiniest bit of oaked Semillon, giving it texture and an extended finish that preserves its palate. It pairs amazingly with line fish tartare, fresh avocado, pico de gallo, limes, and tortilla chips, accompanied by free-range egg, capers, and gherkins.

Explore the Cape Winelands

The Table Bay Hotel goes further with its wine offerings by having the concierge team curate tours of the Winelands. Goldschmidt explains that guides are up-to-date with their info on the area, which helps them tailor trips for guests who prefer a more unique wine-tasting experience.

“We’re a 5-star brand, and thus the places that become part of our curated tours for guests need to be of the same quality,” said Goldschmidt.

“For the more well-seasoned wino, we often venture out to places like the Hemel-en-Aarde, Overberg, and Breede River valleys for wines off the beaten track.”

Ready to add a dash of luxury to your wine drinking and tasting? Book a stay at The Table Bay and become a true wine connoisseur.

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