Wine and food pairings

5 Food and wine pairing tips from Cape Town’s top restaurant

Local wine pairing ideas at La Vista restaurant in Cape Town

If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that there’s a wine for every occasion. And by that, I mean you don’t need an occasion, wine is the occasion. As with most things in life, to fully enjoy all that wine has to offer, it’s better when it comes in pairs.

Let’s look at a few general wine and food pairing guidelines to get you started:

  • It’s not the ingredients but the way you cook it – a creamy chicken dish will be best paired with a dry white wine like Chardonnay, but something like a Thai green curry will be complimented by an aromatic wine such as a Pinot Gris
  • The depth/intensity of the meal – Serve grilled/ roasted foods with full-bodied wines and light meals/raw foods with light-bodied wines
  • Consider all the elements on the plate – Will you serve roast vegetables or a simple salad on the side?
Wine and Cheese
Wine & Cheese pairing


If you’re working from nine to wine and not in the mood to create your own spread, visit these restaurants offering food and wine pairings in Cape Town. Alternatively, if you want to put the fun back in bubbly, the Champagne & Nougat pairing at JC Le Roux is a fun-tastic experience! For the more adventurous readers, you might want to try pairing your wine with frozen fruit to make wine slushies.

Of course, there are pairings that have been tried and tested over the years, but essentially it comes down to personal taste & preference. However, when it comes to creating the perfect spread for any occasion, cheese and dessert certainly comes to mind every time. And wine not? Wine combined with cheese or dessert is without a doubt the perfect pair! Here’s a few examples to help you serve a match made in heaven:

Wine Cheese Dessert
Cabernet Sauvignon Matured Cheddar Chocolate truffles
Merlot Feta Rich Chocolate cake
Pinot Noir Mozzarella Brownies
Chardonnay Brie Peaches with Cream
Sauvignon Blanc Fontina Key lime pie
Champagne Camembert Crème Brulee
Moscatel Blue Cheese Chocolate Mousse

To celebrate our grand opening at our restaurant in Cape Town, we will be hosting a wine and cheese pairing event. You can expect to taste the best local wines and cheeses that Cape Town has to offer. Our chef has taken every measure to ensure the event menu compliments our beautiful surroundings. Whether you’re planning a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, join us at La Vista restaurant for a dining experience you won’t forget!

Please feel free to contact us for more information about the event.

The best way to learn about wine is to drink it!

Wine & Dessert Pairing
Wine & Dessert pairing