Societi Bistro’s ‘Tour Through France’ is an annual celebration of French cuisine and wines, and the Cape Town restaurant has recently kicked off its seventh edition in style. South Africa’s premier wine brands will be on show, including prestigious Saronsberg, a wine estate based in Tulbagh that has consistently been winning awards for excellence.

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‘Tour Through France’ runs for ten weeks, and every Wednesday, head chef Stéfan Marais creates a new three-course menu inspired by French flavours using seasonal local ingredients. Each menu is paired with a local wine that complements the meal. Saronsberg wines take centre stage during week 7.


The world-famous winemaking region Burgundy is the inspiration for week 7. Although the Saronsberg Shiraz is a Rhone cultivar, it makes for a perfect pairing with Burgundian dishes. Burgundian cuisine is known to be rich and flavourful and pairs well with red wine. À la Bourguignonne, which means “prepared or served in the manner of Burgundy (as with a sauce best online casino made with red wine)” is a classic French pairing.  


Nick van Hyssteen, owner of the Saronsberg Wine Estate, believes it is a good fit. “Saronsberg is proud to be affiliated with the event. Societi Bistro is a restaurant that strives to serve good food, and we are a brand that is committed to producing top-quality wines. It’s a match made in heaven.”


The evening will kick off with Chef Stéfan preparing a classic French starter, Pork Rillettes, served with pickles and a crispy baguette.

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For the main course – Boeuf Bourguignon. Beef brisket is marinated in Shiraz and slow braised for 4 hours with bacon lardons, pearl onions and button mushrooms. This slow cooked stew is served with a classic French style buttered potato mash.


Dessert is a red wine lover’s dream, a sorbet, infused with pears, poached in red wine and spices. Saronsberg Shiraz is the recommended wine, thanks to its succulent ripe fruit flavours, scents of violets and delicate spice. In the mouth, the wine has depth and clarity of fruit with integrated oak flavours. It contains finely crafted tannins and a beautiful layered fruit infused finish. Saronsberg Shiraz has a deep, dark purple colour.


“Saronsberg is a wine brand that deserves to be paired with good food. Stéfan Marais is a master chef, and I can’t wait to see his food paired with our wine,” van Hyssteen says.


Head down to Societi Bistro every Wednesday through Tuesday for a celebration of French food. Saronsberg Shiraz will be on show from September 2nd until September 8th, 2015.

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You can visit Societi Bistro at 50 Orange Street, Cape Town CBD and join the conversation online at or on Facebook (Saronsberg) and Twitter (@Saronsberg_Wine).


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