Swartland Heritage Celebration

It is true, come November there will once again be a unique regional wine experience to attend. Like at the very successful Swartland Revolution of the past the Swartland Independent Producers want to share the good food, stunning scenery and diverse (award winning) wine of the region with fans and friends. This time in the scenic West Coast town of Paternoster!

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That’s right. International speakers, masterclasses, talks, tastings and music. And what the poster doesn’t tell you is that renowned local chef Bertus Basson has been confirmed as the weekend’s chef. Snacks, dinner, lunch…

For more info on the event and to buy tickets head over the the SIP website.

For more info on Bertus and his ventures, click here.

Please order tickets by emailing RSVP@studio-h.co.za – Book now, you will not be disappointed.

In the harvest time…

It feels like this heatwave has been ongoing for ever. Forever I tell you. When it is still 30’C at 10pm it is hard to imagine it will ever cool down again, ever!

But, life goes on and the grapes are starting to come in. Last week our first Shiraz was picked, 22 tons of it! Meanwhile there is some good international publicity and a few nice emails from the other side of the world.

“You know that South African cinsault we tried?” he said. “I took the opened bottle to a dinner with a load of wine trade people and they went mad for it and said it was the best wine of the night. They were raving on and on about it.”

To read more from The Telegraph on our Ramnasgras, click here.

This morning I woke up to a very nice little note of thanks and praise from a family snowed in in Michigan, USA… hard to imagine in the dry hot Swartland summer, but nice to receive anyway:

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“a little vacation in a bottle,” like!

On a side note, if you were lucky enough to get tickets to Cape Town’s very first Gin & Tonic Festival, taking place next Saturday, keep an eye out for Swaan, we will be mixing with some exciting new local gins!

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Eat, drink, cook and be merry…

This week chef Matt Manning is hosting the first in a series of cookery classes at Eleven Kitchen Venue in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Matt will be demonstrating different ways to use one main ingredient. The first ingredient will be Mushrooms!

This hands on experience will give you the chance to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, cook with great seasonal produce, learn new skills and enjoy a fun evening with food and wine lovers alike!

Each course will be paired with wine from our Secateurs range and you will have the opportunity to buy the wines after the class.

When: Wednesday 5 June from 18h00-22h00

Where: Eleven Kitchen Venue, Boulevard Office Park, Searle Street, Woodstock.

Cost: R300 pp including food and wine.

What: The menu this month is as follows:

Amuse bouche
Mushroom veloute

First course
The ultimate wild mushrooms on toast, soft poached hen egg, roasted garlic and truffle aioli.
Second course
The perfect wild mushroom risotto
To finish
Lemon posset and raspberries

Contact Matt directly to arrange a booking

e. manningmatt24@gmail.com

c. 0762568654

t. @pommes_manner

The booking system works on a first come first serve basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

Eh, hello Canada

If you are in New Bothwell, Canada tomorrow night (eh, who knows!?) you should go taste some of our wines paired with Bothwell cheese.
The cheese festival starts at 7pm in New Bothwell, Manitoba. Our Canadian importers will be pouring Secateurs.
For more info follow @martens_paul (the importer), @BothwellCheese (the cheese) or @BanvilleJones (the wine shop) on twitter.
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Thursday tasting

We’ll be back at the City Bowl Market on Hope Street (Cape Town) tomorrow (Thu 30 May) pouring Secateurs and pairing it with some wild mushroom canapes by chef Matt Manning.

The market is a great place to buy some fresh organic veggies, taste some wine, buy some gourmet dinner and just meet up with friends.

Our wines sell at cellar door prices

Secateurs Chenin Blanc R55

Secateurs Red Blend R70

and you woun’t find a better deal anywhere else (besides the cellar door, obviously, but that is an hour from Cape Town and by appointment only, see how we spoil you?)

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For the love of free stuff and family

As the Christmas decorations went down the back-to-school posters went up. Now the pink hearts, teddy bears and red decorations pop up everywhere in a clever attempt to market and sell love to us.

We’re not big on marketing gimmicks or Valentines (last year we spent the day with Jack Parow, nothing romantic about that) but, in the spirit of love and the ones we love we have decided to run a little competition in conjunction with our family members who make the amazing Prince Albert Olives.

We want you to show us some love, and in return we will give you some lovely products…

‘What can I win?’ I hear you ask

Well, we will give you 2 bottles of Secateurs (Red and Rosé) as well as a Badenhorst Family Red Blend (red and pink wine in theme with Valentines) along with two liters of Prince Albert Olive oil and two pots of their amazing olives (one Manzanilla and one Kalamata).

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What do you have to do to win that?

The classic “follow us” (BOTH @aabadenhorst and @PAolives) on twitter OR like both brands (AA Badenhorst Family Wines and Prince Albert Olives) on Facebook.

Tell us what you would cook for your loved one, using PAO oil, and which of our wines you would pair with it.

Either tweet “I will serve my love xxx prepared w @PAolives paired with @aabadenhorst’s xxx #valentines.”

Or write something like that on our walls.

*by doing this you give us permission to blog the hell out of your ideas if/when you win.

Winner will be announced on Monday 11 Feb in order for us to get the prize to you by 14 Feb.

Go ahead, spread the love.

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