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It was just such an incredible experience to stand high on the hill, view the vineyards below and in the distance, the sea; with the sun setting between dark and stormy clouds. Africa at its best.

Any fish braai from this day forward will be judged by the standards that was presented by world-renowned Chef Christo Pretorius at the Bouchard Finlayson dinner evening. Wine Village was invited for a private dinner with the team at Bouchard Finlayson.

Standing outside, under a dark and gloomy sky, with the braai fire heating our backs, sipping away on a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, with the entire Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on full display, you simply have to ask yourself, “Is this real?”

When the rain started splattering, we escaped to the underground cellar. Here the tables were laid for us, and huge fynbos flower arrangements adorned the side tables. The walls of the cellar were lined with older vintages of what can only be described as a wine lover’s heaven. Peter Finlayson explained the current and new vintages with the usual passion, and yes, after tasting the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (Both vintages 2015 & 2016), it confirmed our love of Galpin Peak. The unique terroir expresses itself beautifully in this wine and winemaker has harnessed this perfectly here.

The yellowtail was served and done to perfection with a Salsa Verdi, freshly baked bread and potato dauphinoise. The Caeser salad was Cathy’s favourite. The meal was finished off with a dark chocolate tart with homemade ice cream. Simply put “WOW”! The unbelievable meal was paired with Bouchard Finlayson Tete De Cuvee Pinot Noir. We were all enthralled, and many of us could not believe how incredibly blessed we were to experience this. Rain, fish-braai by world-renowned chef and top-top-top quality wines! So spoilt and utter luxury.

It was an amazing evening with great wines, fabulous hosts with extraordinary hospitality. – Thank you, Peter and your lovely Bouchard Finlayson Team.