Wine clubs are not new in Nairobi but that has not stopped even more from popping up each more fun than the next. That’s exactly how we felt when we attended the final event hosted by Books and Wine. A quick browse through their website lets you know that they are a “community of book and wine lovers meeting regularly in Nairobi to explore and discover some of the best wine and books from around the world.”
The setting for their final event was the spacious Kitchen restaurant rooftop that was simply set up with a mixture of wooden benches, tables and wine glasses that let us know we were in for a good time.
The thing with a book club that involves new people each time is getting to know everyone but this event has got that covered. Wendy from Books & Wine led the group through an ice breaker where we all played 2 Truths & a lie and learned fun facts about each other that made the conversation flow just as easily as the wine.
And flow it did. We started off with a Stonedale Chenin Blanc followed by a John B Rosé, PG White Blend and PG Red Blend which were all expertly paired with various dishes from Kitchen such as cheddar cheese tossed in a spicy dressing, pork ribs and chicken wings.
What makes Books & Wine different from other wine clubs is the way they take you through the details of each wine you’re drinking and how it pairs with the food you’re eating. You’re not just there to drink as much wine as you can (although we did try) but also experience it. How else will you learn the difference between a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and White Blend?
We don’t want to pick favourites but the stand out wines of the night were the John B Rosé which paired deliciously with spicy cheddar cheese and PG Red Blend paired expertly with pork ribs. You could tell how much people enjoyed them by the number of glasses that were topped up with either of the two.
In between all of this we met Mufasa the Poet whose book was the star of the show. Along with a vocalist and pianist, Mufasa in his own emphatic way took us through some of his work and left us giggling and sharing enthusiastic cheers as we related to stories of love and his childhood. The anthology titled “Raising A Sun” features poems written in Mufasa’s articulate style was the perfect pairing for the wine.
We’re a bit sad this was the last event of the year but we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2020.