Springfield Dinner at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff
I really love wine. Every few years my family decides to rent a big house just outside of Hermanus, and we spend our holiday driving to different wine farms for meals and tastings and, well, I can’t exactly say these holidays are a hardship. In fact, they’re incredible – definitely one of my favourite ways to spend a December break. So when I was asked to attend a food and wine pairing at with Springfield Wines at View Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, I immediately said yes. Good food, good wine, good view – has someone been reading the secret list I wrote of my favourite things?
The food and wine pairings at View Restaurant are an incredible way to spend an evening, and if you’re looking for a way to spoil yourself (or to spoil someone just as great as you) then I’d highly recommend signing up for one. This building has become such an iconic architectural feature in Joburg – I remember being a tiny kid and looking up at the beautiful pink buildings on the hill, and though the colour of the walls may have changed, the luxury atmosphere and inspiring views are the same.
I haven’t had too much interaction with the wines from Springfield Estate, but by the end of the evening I’d become a huge fan. An incredible estate with a beauty family history and amazing wines, I seriously suggest you try out their wines – guys, they have a white blend called MISS LUCY – as if you needed another excuse to pick up a bottle. Jeanette Bruwer, who hosted us for the evening from Springfield, is one of the loveliest and most interesting women I’ve ever met, passionate about wine and her family business and eager to chat to you about just about anything. I’m hoping to make a trip out to their wine farm in the Robertson Valley sometime soon – I’ve got a feeling that it’s the kind of place where you’d be welcomed as if you were family.
All food for the evening was created by Executive Head Chef Dirk Gieselmann, and it was beyond delicious. If I hadn’t been in such a beautiful setting, I would have licked the plates, but I did the best I could to get every single last bit of food using my cutlery instead. Even if you’re not a huge wine person, make a reservation at View Restaurant just for the food, you won’t regret it. It’s not called ‘View’ for no reason.
Having filled my belly with a gorgeous combination of food and wine, and my brain with interesting stories and fantastic conversation, I found it hard to leave the restaurant – surely noone would notice if I just slept under the table and was still there when they set out breakfast in the morning?
Here’s a little peek at what we ate (and drank) for dinner:
Coffee, tea and mignardises
How amazing does that sound?! (Very very amazing, trust me.)
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff have some really lovely Valentines Packages, including, “a ‘Chicnic’ (a chic picnic), a romantic getaway for two, a five-course gourmet dinner (with or without wine pairing), an al fresco Valentine’s brunch, as well as a mouth-watering seafood dinner buffet on the evenings of February 12, 13 and 14, and Spa gifts. For reservations, contact the Valentine’s Day reservations department (yup, apparently that’s a thing!) by email on:Maxine.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on: 0027 (0) 274816301