Great wine and food pairing with a 360-degree skyline view of Nairobi at The View, Movenpick

An afternoon of food and wine pairing while enjoying the panoramic views of many of the city’s iconic landmarks is indeed an ultimate dining experience, one you must try out in this lifetime.

Many sommeliers around the world will attest to this, that pairing foods with wines is like an ‘art’ in discovering wonderful new recipes- a joy to anyone preparing a meal. Just like a Foodie will find the right ingredients that he or she is 100% sure will bring out the flavors in the food to create a gourmet dish, a sommelier and chef will work together to create a winning combination of wine and food pairing that will not only celebrate but enhance the entire experience. As Michael Broadbent once said,  Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.

On a warm, sunny beautiful day in Nairobi, The View, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi hosted various personalities for a gathering of excellent wines, tantalizing food pairings, and a sense of camaraderie among wine and food lovers and friends. You simply cannot resist an invite like this, for you and I know, a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine. Wine is the intellectual part of any meal.

The Chef put together a perfect combination of flavors. Each dish was a work of art and a real feast for the eyes.

The starter was a Lobster Bisque Soup, leek lobster cannelloni, pesto basil, fried onion, feta cubes paired with John B, Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect partner for any seafood, salads and light meals, this fresh, fruity dry wine expresses flavours of lemon zest, grapefruit and tropical fruits on the nose.

The highlight I must say was the main course, a Slow cooking Lamb Shank, creamy mash potatoes, and vegetable ratatouille. From the presentation, you almost knew this was going to be worth the first bite and I kid you not, it was truly worth it. This meal was paired with a Vergelegen, Shiraz. These two, Shiraz and Lamb: are undoubtedly The Perfect Match. Lamb is one of the most wine-friendly of meats, and because it is red meat, the most seemingly obvious choice is to pair it with red wine.

The dessert, Chocolate djaduja, raspberry sorbet, hazelnut, sphere, caramelized walnuts was paired with a rich and honeyed fortified dessert wine Moscatel de Setúbal made primarily with Muscat of Alexandria grapes grown on the Setúbal peninsula in Southern Portugal.

Nearly all wine dinners follow a similar format starting with lighter, more delicately flavored wines (and food) and ending with bolder, more intense wines.

The food wine pairing was a culmination and celebration of Accor’s Live Limitless lifestyle program. Accor is a French multinational hospitality company that owns, manages and franchises hotels, resorts and vacation properties. Here in Kenya, Accor is represented by 3 major brands namely Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi and Ibis Styles. With this program, you can earn points not only when staying with Accor but also dining or even enjoying your favorite drink at any of the properties.

The signature revolving restaurant The View offers specialty dining experience and is located on the 24th floor of the hotel, offering panoramic 360-degree vistas of the city.

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