Bacchus will host a four-course South African wine dinner on Dec. 10 from 6-10 p.m. featuring a variety of wines from Cape Classics, the largest importer of South African wines to the United States. Heath Higginbotham, executive chef at Bacchus, will pair three specially crafted courses with some of his favorite South African vintages. Priced at $65 per person, the dinner includes a salad/appetizer course, two entrées and dessert.

The meal begins with an avocado and cucumber salad and grilled-and-chilled prawns with wasabi mayonnaise, paired with a 2006 DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc. For the second course, guests will enjoy a roasted mallard duck breast with a red wine raspberry reduction and black pepper risotto, paired with a 2007 Brampton Shiraz. The third course is a smoked, bacon-wrapped rack of lamb accompanied by a traditional South African side called Tamatiebredie. The lamb is paired with 2007 Kanonkip Pinotage. The four-course dinner concludes with a roasted peanut butter flan garnished with chocolate-dipped bacon and paired with the 2009 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, a new Cape Classics release.
“South African wines are increasingly popular,” said Higginbotham. “Our Cape Classics wine dinner is a great opportunity for guests to sample the wide array of South African varietals. In addition, guests can discover some new ideas for food and wine pairings, just in time for holiday entertaining.”
Swanky Lifestyle is the parent company to Bacchus, an upscale restaurant and wine bar located in the Bell Tower Shops; Mad Cuisine, an innovative gourmet take-out and upscale catering and event company located in South Fort Myers; and Krafty Kuisine, creator of Krafty Krab Rolls and To Chi sauce and a wholesale food manufacturer. For more information call 239-275-7926, or visit Also, follow Swanky Lifestyle online on Facebook and on Twitter,