The (Black) Elephant in the room…

Franschhoek-based Black Elephant Vintners presents a unique food and wine collaboration. Born out of synchronicity, fortuitous friendships and a love of wine, Black Elephant Vintners has extended that passion into partnering its unique wine collection with a crafted dégustation menu*. The result is a food and wine collaboration withRyan’s Kitchen situated in the Franschhoek Valley. Available Monday to Saturday at lunchtime, patrons have the option of a four or seven course taster menu, created exclusively by Chef Ryan Smith for this collaboration, accompanied by Black Elephant Vintner wine tasters. 
 
Music inspires every cornerstone of Black Elephant Vintner’s philosophy towards not only life but also winemaking. As a result, the wine and food collaboration is hosted in the Tasting Studio situated within Ryan’s Kitchen. Each wine and food combination has been masterfully selected and paired by owners of Black Elephant Vintners, Kevin Swart and Jacques Wentzel, together with Chef Ryan. The dégustation menu displays the chef’s ability to seamlessly create taste and flavour sensations and is available to order with or without wine.
 
The four course dégustation menu consists of**:
*  Fox and Flamingo Rosé served with fish sashimi, radishes and a seaweed stock
*   Two Dogs, a Peacock served and a Horse served with a green pea, gooseberry miso gel
*   Timothy White served with souse vide buttery baby potatoes and snoek and fresh chives
*   Nicholas Red served with parmesan cheese croquets and smoked eggplant
 
The seven course dégustation menu consists of**:
*   Black Elephant Vintners MCC served with an octopus apple ceviche
*   Fox and Flamingo Rosé served with fish sashimi, radishes and a seaweed stock
*   Two Dogs, a Peacock served and a Horse served with a green pea, gooseberry miso gel
*   Timothy White served with souse vide buttery baby potatoes and snoek and fresh chives
*   Nicholas Red served with parmesan cheese croquets and smoked eggplant
*   Amistad Pinotage served with pan fried linefish, mole and coriander
*   Amistad Syrah served with braised lamb rib, peanuts and spices
 
Black Elephant Vintners focuses on identifying and procuring quality estate-grown grapes cultivated within the Franschhoek Valley and its surrounding regions from which it produces and crafts quality wines. “We’ve chosen to take the pomp and ceremony out of winemaking; focusing on demystifying the process for all enthusiasts and injecting true enjoyment into every sip of wine,” says Swart. “Our wines represent our sincerest endeavours to bring the Franschhoek experience to all wine lovers around the globe for the sole purpose of enjoyment and as an expression of our appreciation for our good life.”To this end, Black Elephant Vintners has introduced fun into the art of winemaking whilst capturing the taste and terroir of the Franschhoek Valley in their wines.

Their diverse brand portfolio enables the vintner to provide a range of wines with unique physical characteristics that appeal to different desires, tastes and occasions, and even offers wine and music pairings aptly named Wine Unplugged at its cellar. 

Additional information about the Black Elephant Vintners by Ryan’s Kitchen collaboration
*   The dégustation menu is available Monday to Saturday between 12h00 and 15h30
*   If patrons only want wine tasters, the Tasting Studio will be open Monday to Saturday from 11h00 to 16h30
*   Four wine tasters cost R75 and R235 if served with the dégustation menu
*   Seven wine tasters cost R125 and R330 if served with the dégustation menu
*   Bookings for the Black Elephant Vintners Tasting Studio are essential. Contact the restaurant via email onryans@bevintners.co.za
*   Ryan’s Kitchen is situated at 1 Place Vendome, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
 
Digital and social media information for Black Elephant Vintners:
Website: www.bevintners.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BEVintners
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bevintners
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BEVintners
For Wine Unplugged bookings email: hello@bevintners.co.za