Savour sensory ecstasy with Idiom’s Wine & Macaron Experience

This summer, until the end of February, wine and food lovers can explore interesting and unusual wines through the prism of macarons, the dainty confection that shares an Italian heritage with the celebrated Helderberg winery Idiom which overlooks False Bay.

It is not widely known that macarons have been produced in Venetian monasteries since the 8th century AD. Only during the Renaissance period, when Catherine de Medici of Florence married Henry ll and became Queen of France did they become more famous when her personal team of Italian pastry chefs made them for her at the French Royal Court.

Likewise, the Bottega family, owners of Idiom, have a proud Italian heritage. The macarons are made by the pastry team at Idiom with ingredients that showcase the character of the wines being paired. The pairing goes from light and airy to dark and intense.

The first wine in the pairing line-up is an imported Prosecco called Romeo and Juliet, a bubbly sensation from the Veneto region that has been paired with a chamomile macaron. The treat, garnished with white estate flowers, presents ingredients of chamomile jelly, peach buttercream, white chocolate and bee pollen dust.

It is followed by Idiom’s Imperium White Gold, an elegant late harvest viognier served with a lemon macaron. It incorporates caramel cream, honey jelly, lemon curd and candied lemon. The macaron itself is brushed with gold dust and served on crushed almond shortbread alongside yellow flower petals.

The Idiom Imperium Black Gold Hailstorm is the dramatic conclusion. This “freak of nature” raisin wine made from merlot grapes pairs with a beautiful flower-decorated blueberry macaron of dark chocolate ganache, violet jelly, blueberry gel and dried blueberry raisins.

The exquisite Idiom Wine & Macaron Experience affords visitors the opportunity to not only sample the wares of true vinous and culinary craft, but also to enjoy spectacular bay views. From its elevated vineyard setting, there are 180-degree panoramic views of both sea and mountain. The vantage point offers a unique coastal perspective of the full profile of the Cape Peninsula across False Bay while having the green, windswept vineyards and rugged, fynbos-covered mountainside as a backdrop to this unique Cape Winelands destination.

The winery restaurant is ideal for visitors who wish to extend their taste exploration to the full Idiom experience.

The Idiom Wine & Macaron Experience is on offer until the end of February (Fridays till Sundays) at a price of R150 per person. Pre-bookings are essential and tour group bookings are available on request.

For more information, visit www.idiom.co.za.

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