Wine and Food Pairing

Join Garth for a fun filled, informative day investigating the myths and realities of this fascinating topic. You will be inspired and enthused to re-look at the way you serve wines with foods.


Anyone who enjoys wines….from quaffers to serious connoisseurs.





About The Instructor

I have had an interest in the wine production of the Cape since the inception of the Wine Route concept which began in Stellenbosch in 1972. After graduating with a B.Soc.Sci. from UCT I spent several years in the Advertising industry in Johannesburg and returned to the Cape at the beginning of the 1990’s and became a registered Tour Guide which led to a more formalised understanding of my region and the Wine production of principally the Stellenbosch/Paarl/Franschhoek areas but also touching on the Breede River Valley and Calitzdorp areas.

I added to that in my 20 years of owning a guesthouse in Newlands, a better understanding of the Constantia Valley vineyards.

Out of personal interest I have also travelled to wine producing areas of Australia, California, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal and latterly the Rheingau and Pfalz areas of Germany.

I was also an active participant in the Quaffers Wine Appreciation Club during my last few years in Cape Town, a club I am keen to resurrect here in Swellendam.

What To Bring
  • Notebook and Pen
Course Dates

17 September 2020

22 October 2020

Course Details

Food and Wine pairing is a newish buzz-phrase which pops up more and more.  We will look at the background to this and examine, in the kindest possible way

  • Myths, forcing the issue, trends and trendiness …
  • Reality or clever Marketing?
  • Wine vs. other beverages;
  • Is stemware important?
  • Cooking with wine – or spirits;
  • How to treat your wines – storage, serving and drinking temperatures, breathing, when to pour, life expectancy in a bottle, screw cap vs. cork, etc;
  • Quaffing vs. serious wine appreciation;
  • Is there life after the first mouthful?

A vertical tasting from a tucked-away estate on an upward trend, with a fabulous palate of wines will accompany a reasonably extended pairing lunch on this day.


This 1-day course could be done in association with my 2-day offering, Wines of Our Region  which lays the basic groundwork for understanding the wines one serves, particularly – but not necessarily  – with food.



Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

Food & Wine