Plant and Vegilicious Cape Town jointly hosted a delicious Vegan Cheese & Wine event on Friday 1st May. Almost 50 people joined us as we tasted 15 different vegan cheeses and sipped on elegant Stony Brook wine.
It was a gastronomic event of explosive proportions – as a vegan, one certainly has a different level of appreciation when there are boards and boards of non-dairy cheeses varying in flavour and texture to satisfy any palate, served with savoury biscuits, crostini, grapes and strawberries. Yum!
A little bit about the cheese… the Plant team prepared four cheeses, all of which will be available for retail soon (some already are) – mozzarella, cream cheese, pepper-jack and basil. Brendan of Vegilicious made a large selection of home-made cheeses including Colby olive, Boursin, Almond feta, Pepper crusted goats cheese and an aged cashew cheese, Nikki added to this with a cashew based brie cheese. Plus we had a smoked cheddar from Violife sponsored by Vfoods and aged cashew cheese from TATAMOO.
These tasty cheeses were showcased with elegant wines from Stony Brook Vineyards, a boutique wine farm in the beautiful Franschhoek valley. They produce many different wines, in relatively small quantities, in an environmentally-friendly manner to minimize their carbon footprint. Sam from The Wine List graciously poured tasters of these top quality wines namely: Lyle MCC – 2009; The J – 2014; Ghost Gum White (Bordeaux Blend) – 2013; SMV – 2011; Syrah Reserve – 2011; and V on A – 2012 (a few of these wine are on the Plant wine list, for your enjoyment). Stony Brook’s flagship wine, ‘Ghost Gum’; a Cabernet-based Bordeaux-style blend has spent 32 months in new French Oak, is highly-rated wine and “named after the one hundred and fifty-year-old Ghost Gum tree that sheds its bark in the summer and is visible from the farm’s tasting area”
For more information on tasting wine at Stony Brook visit their Tastings page or follow them on twitter @stonybrookwine or like them on Facebook
You can reach Sam on @thewinelistsa or their Facebook page.
Cheese recipe books we like include: The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook; Artisan Vegan Cheese; The Non-Dairy Formulary.
To make Brendan’s Almond Cheese, go online to Almond ‘feta Cheese’ Spread With Herb Oil (Vegan)