Destination: South Africa. 100 attendees took an imaginary journey to Africa as they sampled regional wines and enjoyed local fare.
Cork and Bottle along with Wittman Catering and Craig Annen, Coronado Community Center manager, created an evening of food and wine sampling, featuring South Africa for the recent sold-out event.
The evening began with a welcoming glass of Secateurs shiraz blend. Comprised of 80 percent shiraz, 10 percent Grenache and 7 percent Cinsault, the wine offered ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose with a touch of chocolate finish.
The first course appetizer, bistake, was pastry-wrapped goat cheese caressed with chimichurri sauce. It was accompanied by Barista Pinotage. Dark in color, the vintage is fermented twice and finished by being pressed into French oak. It shares a rich dark coffee aroma.
The salad was served featuring European cucumbers, yogurt, shredded carrots and golden raisins. Wine accompaniment was a Beachhouse sauvignon blanc. A light, citrus refreshing wine, the start was graced with tropical fruits and finished with a lively lemon/lime surge.
Main course was Cape Malay chicken curry. The chicken was sautéed and complimented with a red curry sauce. Wine pairing was a Barista chardonnay presenting a lemon, tangerine and gooseberry blend of flavors ending with a subtle vanilla oak finish.
Finishing the evening in grand style, was a South African melk tart; a custard-like smooth dessert heavy on the cinnamon. It was presented with Secateurs chenin blanc, a delicious sherry-style vintage.
Major sponsors for the evening were Designs Group Consulting and ReMax of HSV.
The next World Tour of Wines will feature vintages from the California north coast. Tickets may be bought online at http://hs for the event scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Coronado Center. Call the Coronado Center at 922-5050 for more information.