Valentine's events to swoon over

1. OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT AT UITKYK

Date: 14 February
Venue: Uitkyk wine estate

Uitkyk is bringing back old school romance with their annual Valentine’s Classic Outdoor Movie Night.
 
Bring your own picnic basket with snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages or pre-order a ready-made Uitkyk basket for a hassle-free eve of cuddling. Blankets and pillows will be supplied so you and your loved one can kick back and enjoy the all-time favourite film Dirty Dancing.  A lovely selection of Uitkyk’s wines will also be available for purchase.

Bookings are essential.
 
General info:
Tickets: R80 per person.
Times: Gates will open at 18h00 and the movie is scheduled to start between 19h00 and 20h00.
Contact: To book a basket or for further information contact Uitkyk Wine Estate at 021 884 4416.


2. DINNER & A MOVIE AT PEPPERCLUB

Date: 14 February    
Venue: Pepperclub Hotel & Spa

An intimate, romantic dinner for two is the ideal, and somewhat clichéd, Valentine’s Day celebration. However, pairing a delectable dinner, soft and dreamy atmosphere, as well as a beautiful film about unconditional love in a private cinema creates the perfect recipe for a memorable evening with a loved one.
 
Join Pepperclub Hotel & Spa this Valentine’s Day for their exclusive Dinner and a Movie package. Couples will enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly on arrival in the trendy Paparazzi Bar & Lounge followed by a romantic three-course set dinner menu in Sinatra’s Restaurant, paired with a bottle of red or white wine, depending on your meal choice. After dinner, guests will be invited to pick up their popcorn before being ushered to a private screening of the deeply romantic “Me Before You” movie in the hotel’s 29-seater Odeon Cinema.

General info:
Tickets: R1 200 per couple and is valid for 14 February 2017 only. Booking is essential as space is limited to only 14 couples. 
Web:http://www.pepperclub.co.za/plan-romantic-valentines-day-cape-town/
 

3. TAPAS DINNER AT DORNIER

Date: 14 February
Venue: Bodega Restaurant, Dornier in Stellenbosch

This Valentine's Day Dornier Bodega Restaurant will be serving a delectable array of Tapas styled dishes for 2 in a relaxed, romantic setting overlooking Dornier Winery.

To end the evening you will receive a parting gift of: Berry & White Chocolate Macaroons and a bottle of Dornier Donatus White or Red.

Menu:
Bread spread, Selection of freshly baked breads, Amuse - Bouche, Home-smoked tempura oyster with ponzu mayo & cucumber

Tapas set 1:
Beetroot, rocket & feta cheese, Yellowtail ceviche with mango and litchi, Miso-marinated aubergine, chorizo, goats cheese & basil

Tapas set 2:
Sticky pork belly & Asian coleslaw, Confit duck croquettes & plum sauce, Tempura prawns & ginger chilli sauce

Tapas set 3:
Mini cinnamon buns, Dark chocolate truffles, Banana spring rolls & salted caramel sauce

General info:
Tickets: R900 per couple
Time: 18H30 for 19H00
Reservations: Email bodega@dornier.co.za

4. A FEAST FOR THE HEART AT NEDERBURG

Date: 14 February
Venue: Red Table Restaurant, Nederburg, Paarl
 
Awaken your senses and celebrate true love this Valentine’s at Nederburg.
 
Nederburg’s beautiful manor house, a national monument, tells its own tale of a labour of love. Philippus Bernardus Wolvaart, who founded Nederburg in 1791, chose to lay the foundations close to a little stream. Sun-dried bricks, bounded with clay mortar, were used to build an elegant, H-shaped gabled country gentleman’s home in the vernacular Cape Dutch style.  The front gable bears the date 1800, the year the house was completed. Sadly, his wife Margaretha, for whom he built this home, could not share in this gift of love as she had died two years previously, in 1798.  (To view a video clip depicting the story, go to http://bit.ly/2k2de1b.) 
 
Immerse yourself in this tale of devotion while enjoying lunch or dinner at The Red Table restaurant, situated in the historic manor house.
 
Choose from oak-smoked snoek tart, served with prawn and avocado salad; or a fresh salad of watermelon, pistachios, ricotta olive balls, peppermint dressing and caper crumbs, as a starter.  The main course is a choice of line fish of the day, calamari arancini, wilted bok choi and roasted carrot pûrée; or grilled beef fillet with Bordelaise sauce, wild mushroom ravioli and wilted greens; or Gorgonzola and butternut Wellington, balsamic onions and zucchini fries. Enjoy dark chocolate torte, vanilla ice cream and white chocolate beignets; or refreshing summer berry panna cotta, sable biscuit and a late harvest smoothie, for dessert. Supplement this three-course feast with a cheese board for two at R120. 
 
A large selection of Nederburg’s award-winning wines will be available to guests at an extra cost to enjoy with their meal.
 
Local Paarl artist, Loren Erasmus, will delight guests with heart-warming music during the Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner seating. 
 
That’s not all! The Nederburg Visitors’ Centre will offer guests a special sweet wine pairing, at R60 per head, for the entire Valentine’s week (from Monday, 13 February until Sunday, 19 February). It includes Nederburg’s award-winning The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015, with nougat; The Winemasters Special Late Harvest 2016, with fudge; and Heritage Heroes The Beautiful Lady Gewürztraminer 2016, with Turkish delight. Pre-booking is advised. Do so by going to http://nederburg.co.za/our-home/, and clicking on “book now”. 
 
If an al fresco lunch under the trees is more to your liking, book a delicious ‘Romance in the Garden’ picnic brimming with gourmet delights, lovingly prepared by The Red Table restaurant.  Offered from Tuesday, 14 February, until Sunday, 19 February, between 12:00 and 16:00, picnics cost R500 per couple, and include a bottle of Nederburg bubbly. Pre-payment is essential. Contact The Red Table for more information and bookings.
 
General info:
Times: Lunch - 12:00 until 16:00, Dinner 19:00 until 22:00
Tickets: R325 per person
Reservations: contact The Red Table on 021 877 5155 or send an e-mail to theredtable@nederburg.co.za.
Web & Social: Follow Nederburg on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube for the latest news, events and wine and food pairing ideas.  Or visit the website: www.nederburg.co.za.
Join the conversation using: #OnceUponaNederburg


5. OLD SCHOOL ROMANCE AT LANZERAC

Date: 14 February
Venue: Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
 
Sweep your partner off their feet this Valentine’s Day at Lanzerac. The perfect destination for that someone special in your life.
 
Treat your partner to a romantic picnic for two, an old school dinner or a delicious wine and chocolate tasting for the ultimate in Valentine’s Day treats. Magnificent views and five-star treatment are guaranteed to complete a perfect day out.
 
The lush lawn area above the Cellar with panoramic views of the Jonkershoek Valley will be set out beautifully for the picnic. Included in your picnic basket is a selection of delicious gourmet treats as well as a bottle of the recently released Lanzerac Dry Rosé 2016. Your selection includes Neufchatel Cheese with homemade Sesame Crackers, Tomato and a Sweet Chili Sauce; a selection of mouth-watering Home Cured Meats served with a Peach Pickle, Biltong and Nuts; a mini French Artisan Baguette served with Cream Cheese; and a crispy Bacon, Smokey Paprika and Emmental heart shaped Quiche. Complementing your beautifully presented picnic is a selection of decadent sweet delights. Shortbread Hearts, Rose Turkish delights, Strawberries with a Dark Chocolate and Amarula dipping pot, and Red Velvet Macaroon Cupcakes are guaranteed to complete what promises to be the perfect Valentine’s Day. Pomegranate, Lime and Apricot Ice Tea jars and the estate’s Dry Rosé will beautifully enhance the flavours of the picnic treats.
 
A special dinner extravaganza is planned for Tuesday, 14 February at the Lanzerac Hotel. Celebrate Old Fashion Romance this Valentine’s Day by indulging your partner in yesteryear romantic nostalgia - a time which celebrated the chivalry of gentlemen's etiquette, love letter exchanges and serenading. Enjoy a tranquil evening in Lanzerac’s Lady Ann Courtyard with a three-course set menu of old time classic dishes.

Pressed for time, but keen to still show off your romantic side? The Wine and Chocolate Experience for Two offered at the Lanzerac Tasting Room is perfect. Available from Friday, 10 February to Tuesday, 14 February (between 9am and 4pm)

General info:
Tickets: Picnic is R550 per couple and will be made available from Tuesday, 14 February to Sunday, 19 February. Dinner is R500 per person, which includes a welcome drink and special entertainment. Chocolate and Wine pairing, R110 per couple. 
Reservations: Contact Johan van Zyl on fnbman@lanzerac.co.za or 021 887 1132. To book your wine and chocolate experience, contact Lucrecia Gordon on winetasting@lanzerac.co.za or 021 886 564